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I'm normal but not normal

Updated: Apr 23, 2023

In 2021, I jointed a panel of early stage kidney cancer survivors as part of the Kidney Cancer Association's Virtual Patient Symposium. That Friday, my fellow survivors and I met with the facilitators and moderators to go over logistics and what we may discuss.

One topic that came up: NUTRITION

If you’d follow my story so far, you’d know I started Stillwell Fitness LLC because I saw a glaring lack of content—and support—for athletes who live in the grey areas of fitness and wellness. This gap is particularly pronounced in the nutritional space; if you can’t have copious amounts of protein (like me!) or have to abide by certain dietary limits (also like me!), but don’t have to follow a specific, specialized diet (definitely me!), then you’re out of luck for advice or guidance.

This reality is not unique to me, though. My fellow panelists, both of whom have one kidney, have had the same experience. Our doctors gave us only one vague rule to follow: “Watch your salt, and watch your protein.”

But what does that even mean? When your kidney function is normal, but you only have one to work with, what does protein intake and sodium intake look like? If we don’t need to follow a renal diet, but we need to watch what we eat, what foods should we even avoid?

Needless to say, we’ve been left with more questions than answers.

I was fortunate to have a prep coach by my side as I refined my nutritional needs as a competitive bodybuilder. But we’re not all so lucky, and that needs to change NOW.

Because we should ALL have access to the resources we need to 𝗢𝗣𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗜𝗭𝗘 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗦𝗔𝗖𝗥𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗛.

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