Zena has a wonderful story, and I’m so thankful she would share it with us. In her e-mail, she mentioned she used the Chocolate Almond Cake recipe from The Grain Brain Cookbook for her daughter’s first birthday, and it was a big hit! – Dr. Perlmutter
I have Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4 brain cancer. I was diagnosed in January 2014 after having seizures for 3 days straight in December 2013 (I never had a seizure before). It happened while I was breastfeeding my 6 week old daughter. Today is her 1st year birthday (that’s her in the picture), and I’m still alive! One of my girlfriends got me Grain Brain after I was diagnosed. I read your book and learned a lot about “the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar.” I’ve been addicted to all three my whole life (I’m 40 years old) and know this contributed to my brain’s silent killers. I learned about the ketogenic diet for the epilepsy that I now have and started trying to eat this way, but it was hard. Then, you came out with The Grain Brain Cookbook, so I bought it and have been cooking like this ever since I received it!
I had brain surgery in January 2014, then radiation for 6 weeks after, and am on chemo for a year. A few months after the brain tumor was removed, my MRI showed tumor regrowth. My doctor changed the chemo, and this is when I realized that I needed to also try alternative methods of fighting the cancer. One of them was changing the way I eat. I’m happy to say that my last two MRI’s show the tumor regrowth going away! It looks like the new chemo medicine, diet, supplements, and prayers are working. Your books motivated me to fight and not give up. I’ll keep cooking and eating healthy so hopefully the tumor will stay away!
By the way, attached is a picture of my daughter’s 1st birthday. As you can see, I made the Chocolate Almond Cake from your cookbook for me, and we also have regular cake for the family. My family tried both and liked the chocolate almond cake! I also attached our recent family picture.