Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So, we all have a reason why we go vegan. 
Animal cruelty, health reasons, etc.
It turns out that my journey to veganism is a result of the death of my oldest brother.
He was the head of the family.
He was Mr. Charisma.
He was a joker.
He was a great business man.
He was a great father to 5 kids.
He was a great son and brother.
He was a great friend.
4 years ago, he was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of cancer.
He was diagnosed January 2004.
He died March 2004.
Because of him, my husband and I are vegan.
He followed the standard American Diet and no exercise.
The doctors don't know why he got sick.
But you'd have to live in another planet, not to make the connection between food and disease.

Out of all his siblings, wife, children, friends,parents, my husband and I are the only ones who have been given a gift from him.
Because of his cancer, we have completely changed our lives.
We exercise.
We don't drink or smoke.
And more importantly, we have become VEGAN!!!

We couldn't prolong your life, but you have prolonged ours.
Thank you big Brother!!!

Dried Tamarind
On a happier note, I remembered seeing these on someones blog a long time ago.
I finally found them at our local Trader Joe's.
They're sweet, sour, and spicy.
So delicious.
I do have one WARNING.
Please refrain yourselves from eating the entire bag or even half the bag in one sitting.
I ate 1/2 the bag one night and the rest the next night.
Both nights, I got severe gas pains.
So please be careful and don't over do it like I did.
You'll regret it and your poor husband will suffer for it, like mine did.


Jeni Treehugger said...

(((HUGS YOU))))

Joanna said...

what is that a bag of? i can't tell. i have such bad gas already, i don't know how my family puts up with it. i just wanna get a bag to annoy them haha

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Beautiful post.

quarrygirl said...

what a touching, wonderful, positive change your brother brought to your life. thanks for sharing it with us. :)

Rural Vegan said...

Hugs to you.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad something positive came out of your brother's passing. :-)

Thanks for the tip about the tamarind. I would be one of those folks who would eat the whole bag. Uh oh!