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I was a flexitarian until a week and a half ago.  I ate meat and cheese when I was out or over the weekends.  Most of the time at home I drank juice (fresh smoothies), and ate SuperNatural Pops.  I enjoyed eating meat a couple times a week, although most fast food had hit the point of making me sick every time I ate it.

Thursday, September 21, I had a doctor's appointment to schedule surgery for my left knee.  I have a torn meniscus, and the doctor wanted to take a couple x-rays to make sure nothing else had happened.  So I went through the 20 minute process of getting the exact right positions for the x-rays.  Afterwards, one of my 3 best friends was waiting with me and watching the kids.  The doctor called me out into the hallway, and told me "This is probably nothing, but I'm going to scare the crap out of you".  Yes, he did.  On the x-ray, there was a small tumor in my femur.  It showed up on all 4 films, I believe.  He told me it's probably benign, but that he wanted to monitor it for a few months to make sure it wasn't growing or anything.

I know I went into at least mild shock, and had a lot of trouble processing the fact that there was a tumor in my leg.  Sure it might be nothing, but recently my grandmother passed away from what everyone thought was nothing for almost a year.  It wasn't until she was in renal failure that they finally diagnosed her with cancer (neuro-endocrine).  By then it was much too late.  Can you see where my thought process kind of went with this?

I remembered that my dad had attempted to put her on a raw, vegan diet to build her immune system in order to fight what we thought she had at first (retro-paratinoro fibrosis).  I decided almost as soon as the doctor said "tumor" that I was now a vegan.  At least until I'm sure it's nothing.  I decided not to go straight to raw vegan until I knew exactly what I was dealing with.  The first words out of my mouth when I spoke to my friend at the car were "Well...  I am now officially a vegan".  There was no argument from her.  She understood my reasoning, and agreed with it.

So far, being vegan has been easier than I thought it would.  When we have them (we need to make more) I eat several SuperNatural Pops a day.  Tofu has become more prevalent in my diet.  I'm loving using this site to discover and try new recipes (including a really good tofu wrap one...  Can't remember who did it right now though). Even that first weekend, when my parents made rack of lamb Saturday night, and bacon and eggs Sunday morning, it wasn't all that hard to resist.  Actually the hardest thing to give up so far has been caffeine.  I went from having a glass of wine most nights to nothing with no problems.  I cheated once or twice with the caffeine the first few days, but now have no real desire for it either.

That's not to say it's been a bed of roses.  I'm having to cook everything seperately from my parents over the weekends, which sucks.  They are very supportive during the week, but over the weekends it's carne time.  I am not a vegan for ethical reasons (although I do agree that the industrialized meat farming is absolutely gross).  I have no issues with everyone around me eating meat, cheese, and eggs.  Everybody needs to decide for themselves what they want to eat.  I know, and most of my close friends and family know, that a balanced vegan diet is much healthier than one that is heavy meat.

Will I stay vegan if I find out everything is perfectly fine?  I'm not entirely sure, but it is a good possibility.  While I still love the smell of frying bacon (I know I just made some people gag) and roasting lamb; so far I have no real desire to eat it.  It's just a nice smell to me.  Actually, at this point, if I ate it, I would probably make myself sick. 

I'm supposed to be going on vacation next week for a family reunion; and I have one question.  How hard is it to travel and be vegan?  My parents are telling me I'll probably have to break my diet, but if I can avoid that I'd like to.

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  1. SnakeWitch
    I have quite a bit of advice, having been in a few different countries and travelled to cities in Canada that are not generally too vegan-friendly. Here is a list of some things to look for, but this is mostly for leaving the States or Canada. http://www.theflamingvegan.com/view-post/The-Travelling-Vegan If you're just going on a road trip within the US, you can still stop at most restaurants and order something like a side salad and french fries, and bring your own protein - high protein bars and nuts, canned beans, etc. Several restaurants still accomodate you by making a dish vegan. You can surely also get away with asking them for toast and peanut butter with jam, or something like that. Before going to the family reunion, just buy a pack of veggie dogs, tofu or veggie burgers at the grocery store and cook them yourself when you get there. Alternatively, if you feel like sharing with others, get a jar of vegan spaghetti sauce and pasta and make a dish that others can help themselves too as well. You can also get a ready-made hummus dip and eat more of the trail mix or nuts that you brought, too. A bag of nachos with guacamole, refried beans and salsa is something that I often eat myself as a meal and is very easy to prepare. You don't need to break your diet. Not at all. The last option I suggest is let anyone that is receiving know about what you need and ask them if they don't mind preparing something that you can eat, but that others will happily dive in as well.
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    1. SnakeWitch
      And please come check out my latest piece about what vegans need in their kitchen! Cheers!
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  2. Anita Vegana
    It's good that you have thought about becoming vegan. Now, do you think you will remain vegan? Please come read my article, Vegan Authors, and vote for me too.
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  3. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. I hope you get well soon, I am sure you are doing absolutely the right thing by going raw vegan, I am aiming to do that myself. You might be interested in my latest blog, Fruit of the Womb, and if you like it, please vote.
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  4. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #5! I had never heard the term flexitarian!
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