I am a 73 years old semi-retiree, living in New Plymouth with my partner Anne. We have 7 children and 12 grandchildren. I was raised as an animal product consumer. In 2016 I was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. Gleason score 8, PSA 444. The average life expectancy for men with this condition is 3 -5 years. It is a Terminal condition.

The diagnosis was fact. I did not accept the prognosis. After reading a book by Dr Ian Gawler, “You Can Conquer Cancer”, within a week of diagnosis, I changed my diet to Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB). I have since followed dietary recommendations from Drs: T Colin Campbell, Dean Ornish, Michael Greger and others. I completed the Certificate courses in Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition offered by Cornell and Winchester Universities.

Changing to a WFPB diet was not difficult. It was either do it or die. I was already, at the time of diagnosis, dairy free. It is now easier to change to WFPB with more variety of products available and a wider acceptance of the benefits.

The impact on my life in changing to WFPB has been profound. I am now in year 8 of my cancer journey, am on intermittent treatment, have no pain, have few deficits attributable to the disease, and have cancer markers in the low single digits. I have a lifestyle that includes work and overseas travel. I also exercise and meditate. Life is good.

I periodically speak to others (people with cancer issues) about WFPB eating. My message is to understand why you have the cancer and then make the changes needed to positively manage the disease. WFPB eating is key to wellness. Just drop the animal products. If it has a face or comes from something with a face DO NOT EAT IT!

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