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Now That I can Only Eat With A Feeding Tube, Thanksgiving Has A New Meaning For Me

Wednesday, November 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By: Tracey Brittis

www.huffingtonpost.com, 11/20/18

 

For most of my life, the idea of healthy eating flew out the window on Thanksgiving Day. Like most Americans, I would eat myself sick.

 

But seven years ago, throat cancer stole my ability to eat. After a 15-hour surgery rooting through arteries and nerves, I was left with a crater in my right temple and an inability to swallow even a sip of water. The doctors surgically installed a permanent feeding tube next to my bellybutton so I could pump liquid protein and receive all of my nutrition. I had survived the surgery and the cancer had been removed, but I was far from OK.

 

I had never had a complicated relationship with food ― rather, it had been a reciprocal love affair. I relished cooking, entertaining and being served the finest, freshest food available.

 

The natural rhythm of my day, from coffee to 5 p.m. wine, suddenly was gone. I was the one who had to shop for and cook for my family, and I longed for the feel of food in my mouth, as well as for the joy of breaking bread with friends and family. Depression blossomed. I lost my sense of humor, and the enthusiasm I’d had for my lucky life as a stay-at-home mom who was married to a great man. I lost all sense of joy.

 

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