Updated: Apr 28, 2020
For those of you that know me, you're probably aware that I've been vegan since 2015. It started due to a mix of things that all seemed to happen at the same time.
One night, I was watching YouTube fitness videos, and it was "suggested" to me by YouTube that I watch "Vegucated"; a documentary about plant-based athletes. There was a small section about animal ag that barely displayed a fraction of what really goes on, and I knew I could never purchase another animal-based product again. But, there was still cheese, chicken, whey products and leather in my home. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with those items, but I was firm on the idea of never making a new purchase.
Shortly after, I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. It was finals week for me as a Math Major at Palomar College. I was taking 19 units; more than half of those came from the 3 math classes I was in. I was also working part time as a server, then later a chef. Stress was an understatement.
I had just applied to transfer to Cal State San Marcus and was accepted. I attended orientation, signed up for my classes, and suddenly everything was about to change.
At the time, I didn't know much about the thyroid gland, but I knew the word "cancer"; I had already lost a few family members to different forms of it. So, in addition to all of the schooling I was in, I started heavy research on anything and everything I could possibly do to potentially stop or slow the growth of the cancer cells I had in my body.
I came across the WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) "diet"; I use this word lightly because on one hand "diet" can simply mean "a way of living", but others often associate it with weight-loss. I wasn't in this to shred some pounds; I was in it for a lifestyle change. In these studies, I also found a correlation between high acid foods (meat and dairy) and the growth of cancer cells.
Since I had already adopted the ethics of veganism, cutting out any of the "accidently vegan, but not so healthy" foods was easy (Oreos, French fries, processed foods, etc). I started reading multiple studies on the effect of acidic foods on the body; especially in relationship with cancer cell growth. I was thoroughly convinced.
Thankfully, after having a partial thyroidectomy, my cancer has been cured. I visit my endocrinologist annually, and I haven't had any recurrence symptoms since, YAY!
That was in 2016.