Ever since I became a world-famous blogger, companies contact me to try to get me to promote their product on my blog. Most of the time, I don't do it, but once in a while, I find the item worthwhile, as in the case of Sheryl Crow's cookbook. When they ask, it is important to me that the product add value to a cancer patient's life and not merely be something pink.
It's been a year since I finished chemo, and most of my memories of it are - surprisingly - good ones. Maybe that's a result of chemo brain combined with my natural optimism, I don't know. I made unexpected friends, I had an experience many don't have, and most importantly, I had time to myself that few mothers get. When you are sitting in the chemo chair, nobody is asking you to make them a sandwich.
But, some parts were difficult. Hair loss: obvious. Exhaustion at the end: grueling. Bad taste in my mouth? The worst.
And, now I might have to do it again, so I'm happy I found this new product. It's kind of unfair that everything tastes like sewer when it's the one of most important times for you eat and drink healthfully. I have said numerous times on this blog and online, that the very best thing you can do for yourself when undergoing chemotherapy is drink a lot of water. It flushes your kidneys, hydrates your system and keeps everything moving that should be moving. Without a doubt, my large water intake contributed to the fact that I have fond memories of my chemo days. And, if I end up doing it again, I will be sure to keep in place the things that worked before.
But, I know not everybody can do it. I can't tell you how many times I've heard women say, "I know I should drink more water but it tastes like slime." And, those same women are the ones suffering from constipation, nausea, bone aches and other typical chemo side effects that I believe are helped with super-hydration. I was able to discipline myself to drink 64 ounces of water per day, despite it tasting like a goldfish fish tank that hadn't been cleaned in 8 years, but it wasn't easy. Yet, because I did, I suffered few side effects .
I still drink water. In fact, I'm one of those women who never leaves their house without their cell phone and bottle of water. So, when I came across the product, Aqua Delight, during a search for chemical-free water bottles, I was intrigued. Not only was the container BPA free, and the water pure, but it also claimed to help with metallic taste during chemotherapy.
A water made especially for chemo patients? Isn't that kind of a dream come true?
I was so interested that I contacted the company to find out more. They generously sent me a water sample so I could try for myself, which I did. Of course, I no longer have that metallic taste, so I can't personally attest if it really helps with that.
On their website, they do have video testimonials from cancer patients who say it works, including a video from a breast cancer survivor, so it does have some properties that will help. But, as a water addict, I can tell you that this water is special. It tastes delicious - clean and airy. It's different than the every day water that I buy.
Because of that, I can imagine that it will help with metallic taste. According to their website, it is goes through a long purification process using carbon filters, osmosis, steam distillation, UV exposure and ozone and other stuff you need a chemical engineering degree to understand, but which apparently gives it that fresh flavor.
I was impressed enough to contact the company again and asked them to run a contest on my blog, and they generously agreed to give away a case of water so one of you can try it.
For this particular contest, I would encourage you to tell your friends, post it on the cancer blogs, and tweet this out. I would love for somebody who is doing chemo to win this, because, I firmly believe that drinking lots of water is the key to having the easiest time possible during chemo, and second, I'm curious to know how much it helps. If this product will enable one cancer patient to drink the water they need that they might otherwise have not, than I will know I have helped somebody. And, maybe the winner can share some water with others doing chemo and get the word out about a product that has the potential to make a difficult time in our lives a bit easier.
Because it's pure water, in chemical-free bottles, it's good for post-cancer patients too. We all need water for health. Aqua Delight will ship out a case of this water to the winner of this contest. All you have to do is "like" their facebook page and then post a comment here on the blog. If you are a chemo expert, please post a tip that helped you get through treatment and if you are new and just starting your regimen, please post a question or fear you may have so that somebody can help you. If you have liver mets, that's a plus for me!
And, I want to add a personal note - the man who runs this company has been extremely kind to me - I asked him for things and he showed a lot of caring, and has offered me water too because of my new diagnosis. So, these are good people.
The winner will be announced one week from today, June 4th.
|Me with my cell and Aqua Delight on a rainy day|