Savoring life after my stomach cancer diagnosis

The connection between what we eat and how we feel is so elementary, yet for some reason we forget or push it to the side. But as a guy without a stomach, I don’t have the luxury of breaking down the fats, oils and sugars found in many foods with stomach acid. In my situation, I get either the benefits or the negatives of those foods right away. So I have become a hyper-focused foodie. My stomach cancer diagnosis I had my stomach and esophagus surgically removed after my July 2005  stomach cancer diagnosis. It all started with a trip to the emergency room, and what I thought were heart attack symptoms: chest tightness and difficulty swallowing. It was the day before my 33rd birthday, and just a few weeks after I’d finished taping the finale for the “Next Food Network Star.” The ER doctors discovered a tumor at the junction of my stomach and esophagus, and recommended surgery. Why I chose MD Anderson The decision to come to MD Anderson for treatment was almost a no-brainer. My family wanted me to go to the best place in the country, and stomach cancer is such an uncommon beast that we knew we wanted a place that had seen this not tens of times, not hundreds of times, but thousands of times. We also never wanted to second-guess ourselves like we did with my sister, who died of breast cancer in 2004. We still found ourselves asking questions like, “What if we had gone to the best place? What if we had gotten her the best care?” So we decided...