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Hello my lovely readers! I have some big news to share with you and it's pretty personal. If you didn't already hear I'm moving back to Texas to care for my dad. Big life changes are what I do best, but this one is a doozy! 

I found out on Christmas from my sister that my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was in tears as I called him up to wish him happy holidays and tried to pry out of him what was going on with his health. I don't think he wanted to tell me, he didn't want to worry me and he probably didn't want to admit he had a problem. His health has never been really bad, but it has never been good. Being a drinker, not exercising, and eating a pretty crappy diet I knew was going to catch up to him eventually.  

My father raised me alone, my parents divorced when I was 2 years old. The photo to the right is the last Christmas that my father and mother spent together.

I'm a total daddy's girl. The thought of losing him is devastating. When I heard the news my first thought was a must go home and get him on a vegan diet. He told me that it was in early stages and he didn't have to make any decisions yet about getting radiation. I gave a sigh of relief knowing that I may be able to cure him through a plant-based diet since I've been told that prostate cancer is one of the easiest to fix with diet. 

I was on my way to Thailand for 3 months to work on the cookbook. So I had a conversation with him to make sure he was really ok and that he was fine with me leaving the country. He promised me he was doing great and wished me well. I cut my trip short to 2 months and starting preparing myself mentally for the challenge of moving back home and cooking for my dad. 

To tell you the truth, this may be one of the hardest things I've done yet in my life. It's a challenge because I feel so young to have this already happening to me. I've chosen to put my life on hold to do this. Also, my dad is a stubborn man, who is already being a pain in the butt about me moving back home. He doesn't want to change, yet he knows that it's the right thing to do. He sees how a vegan diet and healthy lifestyle has improved my life greatly, so he knows it works wonders. But change is always hard. 

I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at least try to help him beat this. I'm pretty confident that if he will do what I ask of him that I can cure him and he will never have felt better in his life! And it gives me a special opportunity to take my knowledge and services to those in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Veganism is just catching on there and not many people offer vegan cooking classes, consultations, and personal chef services. So I'm getting really excited about healthifying a town that is in major need of some healthy perspective. 

I don't plan on staying there forever, but it's the best choice for me and my dad right now. I'm going to miss LA so much and I'm grateful to all my students, clients, and friends I've made over the years. A new chapter is beginning and I can't wait for the fun to begin!

If you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area please give me a shout! Or if you have friends or family there please pass on my website/blog to them so we can connect!

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Posted in My Blog on 03/24/2011 02:10 am
 

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  1. I'm so sorry to hear the news about your father, but thank goodness he has you in his life to bring your skills and knowledge to help take care of him! I have full faith that your vegan cooking and TLC will do wonders for him. And congrats to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for getting to take advantage of your skills while you're there too!

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  2. oh, Bless You my friend. what a great way to help your father – I am glad you have this knowledge to give.

    I have a very dear friend in Dallas, and I will pass along your blog to her so you can connect.  <3

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  3. That is terrible news about your dad, I am sure that your being with him through it will be such a huge comfort for him.

    And at least you will be able to come down to Austin and go to the vegan movie theater in Fort Worth!

     

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  4. As scary as this is, it will be wonderful for you to be with your father. Prostate cancer, especially in older guys, can be slow moving. My dad beat it last year and feels better than ever. I have high hopes that you and your father will be able to create a much healthier life for him. You're a good daughter and you are both lucky to have each other.

     

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  5. Christy, you are a wonder. You are going to give your father a huge gift — the gift of you and your care and cooking genius — and you will be receiving a huge gift. The gift of time with your father.  You know you've got a huge base of supporters cheering you and your father on and we're here for anything you need.  Hugs and enjoy this journey. It may be one of the most important of your life!

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  6. I'm sorry to hear the news about your dad. Given everything you know about a healthy lifestyle, I'm confident you will be able to help him beat this thing. Hugs and best wishes!

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  7. Sorry to hear about your dad, the best of luck to you in Dallas! I know you'll be a great supporter for you dad and all of us who know you online will be cheering you on as you start this new chapter in your life.

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  8. Christy,

    I have no doubt in my mind that you will help turn your father around… it seems like a perfect set up to me. Best wishes in your new stage in life, and here's to the new beginning of healthy steps for your father! Plus, you're going to have so much share in Dallas/Fort Worth… how exciting! 

    You're such a wonderful daughter… he's a lucky man. <3

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  9. Christy – 

    Thanks for sharing this with us.  I agree with Allyson, your dad is lucky to have you as his daughter!  Remember to take care of yourself too!

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  10. I follow your blog but don't comment much.  I felt compelled to do so today.  That's a big step for a vegan to go back to Texas and your father is lucky to have you.  I hope that he will eat your meals and follow your advise.  I have been vegan for over 20 years and vegetarian since I was 10, much to my parents horror.

    Vegan is a healthier lifestyle, for sure but I still know some vegans who follow good nutrition, that have had serious health issues.  It certainly should help your Dad but I don't think turning vegan alone, can always be a cure all.  I think also having you there and rooting for him will be a big positive too.

    My thoughts are with you and your dad.

     

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad.  Good luck to the both of you.  Sending good vibes your way!

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  12. Thanks everyone so much!! Wow I feel so loved and supported, which helps me really feel like I can do this! 

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  13. Arnold TheVegan Freeman

    I posted a comment but I don't see it so let me say again how wonderful what you are doing is. I lost my parents to cancer and I just wish they would have listened to me. Although their's was more severe forms of cancer. Prostate caught early can be reversed and I am hopeful all will go well if you can get him on the right diet. So again let me say he is so lucky to have you as a daughter. You have a wonderful heart.

    I am sure you have much success in Texas professionally as well.

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  14. I'm in Dallas! 

    I'm sorry you and your family are having to go through this, but I assure you….Dallas has become much more vegan friendly. I just moved back to Dallas from South Jersey and I could not be happier.

    Hit me up when you get here and check out Vegan 101 on Meetup. Great group of people.

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  15. I am so sorry to hear about your dad.  I think it's incredibly admirable for you to do this for him.  I hope things turn around for his health ASAP.

     

    As a sidenote, I go to Dallas all the time – it's a veg paradise compared to the Midwest!  The next time I'll be there will be the weekend of June 4-5.  We should meet up 🙂

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  16. Best of luck with everything, Christy! Please don't put all the pressure on yourself to cure your dad — cancer is such a complex disease that I think it would be a huge burden to do that to yourself. I hope all goes well for both of you. Maybe you'll singlehandedly veganize Texas. 🙂

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  17. im so so sorry about your dad, but he is SO LUCKY to have you as a daughter, seriously! i wish you, him and your whole family all the best! xxx

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  18. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Sending healing thoughts his way. Be sure to take time to care for you too, ok?

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  19. Christy, I just wanted to send my wishes to your father for a speedy recovery. It is so wonderful that you are going to cook for him – I'm sure it will do him so much good. The Dallas area will be lucky to have you. Who knows what opportunities may lie there for you. Your blog is a great resource and I look forward to your cookbook. All the best.

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  20. Thanks everyone! 

    @KC Looking forward to meeting you!

    @Amber Let me know when you are in town!

    @Jennifer I hope you are right! I would love to veganize it. 

    @Allison I will! It's actually going to be great for me to because I need to get healthier.

    @Katie @Arnold @Carrie Thanks for your kind words!

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  21. I don't believe in accidents I believe in purpose.  I've never heard of you until today.  I found you by researching Vegan links and sites.  I started researching Vegan after a loved one was diagnoised and thereafter underwent a radical prostratectomy.  We are to return for a PSI in April to see if the numbers changed.  They found 65% of his prostrate cancerous but feel they got it all.  I live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you and learning as we journey together.  I'm so sorry to hear about your father's condition and wish for him a speedy recovery.  I wish for you the strength and courage to take this journey with him.  I know how special Fathers are and I can tell the bond is strong with yours.  We're here for you too. 

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  22. Thanks Loretta! Best of luck with your friend. I will soon be holding cooking classes so hopefully you can both come. Email me if you need anything.

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  23. Sending healing wishes for your father. Has he watched Forks Over Knives? That should inspire him to keep with the healthy vegan diet. You're a wonderful daughter to be taking such good care of him!

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  24. I'm in Fort Worth! Welcome to Texas!

    I think that is awesome that you are taking care of your father. And at least he is willing to try the vegan diet. That is way more than most people are willing to do. Good luck!

    And if you're ever in FW, there are plenty of places with vegan eats on Magnolia Ave., and Chadra Mezza on Park Place has vegan pizza (with Daiya) and all kinds of vegan Mediterranean food!

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    • Thanks Steph! I would love to get together with you sometime! I’m looking for a place to start teaching cooking classes so maybe you have some suggestions.

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