My name is Mitch, have terminal cancer. Appendix cancer, very rare and aggressive. Was given 3 months to live. That was almost 5 1/2 years ago. I do chemotherapy every Monday morning. I have spent the past 6 or so months on soylent. My Mom thinks i’m strange for trying different things that find the research side of my mind. Soylent was a no-brainer for me.
Among the difficulties that chemotherapy brings, I won’t go through the horrible list, I have had the problem that food just isn’t staying down. Tried all kinds of drugs and foods. Everything that my Oncologist has recommended. At first I was a little over weight and because of surgery, chemo, radiation, I lost 162 lbs. Not good. Come to find with research, over 40% of cancer patients die from malnutrition. Sadly, I’ve watched that happen over and over.
Then I read an article in USAToday about this startup Soylent. Willing to try anything that helps I ordered some. I’m a foodie! But I’ve been replacing breakfast and lunch with Soylent on a regular basis. Remarkably, this has leveled my body out, helps with the side effects from chemotherapy. I think with the fiber and nutrients in Soylent, I actually helps with my digestion/indigestion. I’m told because of the chemo my metabolism is usually two to 4 times that of a normal healthy person. Some days I’m drinking Soylent 4 times, usually 8 to 10 ounces. I’ve gained about 40 lbs back, which pleased my medical team.
On chemo Monday, everything tastes like cardboard, so you stop eating. We’ve joked about having Campbell Soup make us a Cream of Cardboard soup. This actually tastes better! I also have found I have gotten an appetite back. I’ve started craving really good food (no fastfood!) I’ve kept my oncologist up to date and he thinks it’s great and had me bring in a package so he could read the contents and nutrition information. He was pretty happy with the info and how I am reacting. I’m very healthy now, went back to the gym, snowboard, even got back to rock climbing a bit. I’m pretty sure Soylent has made a significate contribution to my health. Thank you for creating such a great product that has indeed, made my life better, more productive, and longer. Mitch