Hello from “veganangiep”

Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing fabulous. It’s been a while since my last personal update. 2015 is a year of experimentation and discovery. This post will explain why I have been staying low and where on earth I have been these six months.

Life as a writer & filmmaker

After coming back from the U.S. in November last year, I wrote a 6-page feature on vegan food and restaurants in New York City and Columbus, which was published in the December 2014-February 2015 issue in Baccarat Magazine. I went back to NYC, New Jersey and Columbus again last year and came back in January with a more determined mind to move forward with a new life. Since then I started working on a few freelance writing jobs, writing magazine columns for Darizi and OpenRice, finishing off post production for my feature film Love Stalk, as well as shooting some microfilms and videos, all related to veganism, wellness and health. For my birthday this year, instead of going on a vacation that I normally do every year, I went on the China Fit health talk tour with PCRM and shared my cancer story with audience at different venues in Guangzhou. It was a meaningful and eventful one, giving me more ideas and inspirations about writing my book, which the publisher aims to get it ready in August this year.

Angie P work in 2015

 

Learning to be zen

Throughout this half a year, it isn’t without heartbreaks, frustrations and doubts about my new life as a filmmaker and writer, after giving up an executive job with a stable income. However, I’ve come to realize and convince myself that life isn’t all about money and buying stuff we barely need, especially taking a regular path that is within the societal norm and view. There’s more than this…it’s got to be more than this. I’m thankful to Sagat, my spiritual buddy and a soon-to-be contributor to this blog, who brought me to a Buddhist meditation class in January. I took the 3-month English class then and the shifu’s teaching calmed and soothed my heart so much that I decided to take the more in-depth Chinese class in May and retake the improved English class in June again. I’m now also volunteering in the temple.

Philosophy of love

I treated Buddhism as a philosophy, not a religion, and I still see it this way, but in a different light. Buddhism is all about compassion, respect and peace, similar to veganism. On top of that, it trains our mind to focus and teaches us to think positively. It is exactly what city dwellers need – it is what I needed. Sagat and I will have more to share in future posts.

Chung Tai - Buddhism

Discovering the spirituality

If you believe in karma, you’ll know that everyone comes to our life as a lesson or blessing. Some people come to our life to just bring a message we need to know, and not necessarily to be our friend or lover forever. I met someone earlier this year who brought an important message to me. If it wasn’t because of the coincidences about us, I wouldn’t have opened my mind to accept my own spirituality and other spiritual knowledge. If it wasn’t because of the chaos he brought on, I wouldn’t have discovered a few spiritual people around me who recommended me important books and movies, read my fortune with zi wei dou shu (紫薇斗數), opened my Akashic Records etc. that further shaped me into who I am today. Everything happens for a reason. It sounds cliche, but it is so true. Nothing is random in this world.

All about veganangiep

I normally don’t write posts this long, but I’m trying to summarize six months in a few hundred words. Before I sign off, I just want to mention that you may have noticed this blog is now with a different URL. It used to be http://angiepalmer.wordpress.com, but it’s now named https://veganangiep.wordpress.com. All my website and social networks are now named “veganangiep” including Twitter, Instagram, WeChat except for some that don’t allow me to switch user names. On my Facebook page, it’s “veganangie” but it’s only because I’m using “veganangiep” for my personal profile, so technically that’s me too.

Thank you for reading this, especially to those who are keeping in touch with me only via this blog and email, and have been wondering what’s going on.

Namaste,
Angie P. 小帕

 

 

My cancer story (part 12 – last): The art (and science) of war

Previous: My cancer story (part 11): The final battle

 

The art (and science) of war

According to American College of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists, about 75% of the women with uterine cancer have stage 1 disease; and of these women, 85% to 90% will have no sign of cancer five years or more after treatment. Therefore, when uterine cancer is found early, the outlook is great. They are talking about the outlook is great after the conventional treatment. I say the outlook is equally great with non-conventional treatment – let thy food be thy medicine, as Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, said. Switching to a vegan diet helped me cure my cancer without the surgery doctors said I needed.

I have been battling with a monster that I could not see or feel, but deadly enough that could have done some serious damage to my mind and body. Up to this day, I still don’t know why cancer chose me. Some holistic doctors said cancer cells lurked in everybody and are just waiting for an opportunity to attack. This opportunity could be opened up by unhealthy diet, harmful lifestyle such as smoking, pollution and stress. Living in a small, laidback town in New Mexico with less than 30,000 people and clean air, the only factor that would make sense was my diet. I started eating like a big American dude with a tub of ice cream in my hands watching TV and enjoying big chunks of deep fried and grilled meat over the KFC and Golden Corral buffet.

Angie P, Hong Kong

Healthy and happy with the veggie diet. Never looked back since I made the decision more than 5 years ago.
Photo by Jeff Tong. Make up & hair by Glory Kwok

Becoming cancer free in six months without surgeries seems to be a miracle to some people. To me, it was a long battle that required lots of research on plant-based food, understanding from family and friends, and self-discipline on refraining from addictive foods that I was used to. Cancer has changed my whole mindset and philosophy on life. I am who I am today because of the training I gained from being alongside cancer for almost two years. It is my enemy but it’s also my friend at the same time – I learned a lot about the world, things I never came across. I would not have known my food pyramid with meat and diary isn’t ideal or that food is such a political issue.

As Sun Tzu wrote in “The Art of War,” if you know your enemies and yourself, you can win numerous battles without a single loss.

I say taking down a monster by bare hands, whether it is as big as the sky or as small as a cell, depends on your will and attitude.

There is hope everywhere. Never give up.

 

—–the end—–

 

***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts. 

Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.

This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***

 

My cancer story (part 11): A brand new day

My cancer story (part 10): The final battle

 

A brand new day 

My last trip to this clinic was to pick up the actual copy of the pathologist report. I had no intention to go back for a checkup or anything whatsoever. I do know that I need to get regular checkups to make sure the cancer cells are not around anymore.

Or do I need to?

I had really bad symptoms with my cancer, so if my symptoms don’t show up again, then I should be fine right?

Yes, I think I’m good.

Going to doctors has been a painful experience, mentally and physically, and I try to avoid it at all cost…so much so that my last checkup was in September 2014. My father said if I’m writing a vegan book to promote veganism and fighting cancer, it’s not convincing if I’m not cancer-free.

Alatoy vegan bag

Point taken. So after five years of healing my cancer, I went for a full body checkup. The report came back with no signs of cancer.

 

Next: My cancer story (part 12…last part of the story): The art (and science) of war

 

***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts. 

Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.

This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***