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Edgar.Borjas

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Edgar.Borjas

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Personal Chef, Caterer , Chef-fine dining

Areas of Focus

Health Conditions:
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Disordered Eating
  • Thyroid
Diet Types:
  • Anti Inflammatory
  • Antioxidant Rich
  • Gluten Free
  • High Fiber
  • Low Carb
  • Low Sodium
  • Paleo
  • Probiotic
  • Vegetarian
Health Goals:
  • Boost Energy
  • Detoxify
  • Healthy Bones and Joints
  • Improve Focus/Memory
  • Lose Weight

How I work with my clients

They Come To Me, I Go To Them

My Conditions

Cancer, Thyroid

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“Without a doubt, Cancer is not the end of life! Simply its an opportunity to know oneself, and begin living with a purpose for a better tomorrow.”
In 2011, it had been my sophomore year in college. I was attending a local community college in my home town in Fresno County. Being that at the time i was only a 20 year old man, i was very enthusedthiatic about learning and perceiving and living a normal college life. At the time i was currently undergoing treatment for my previous Astrocytoma Grade 2 Brain Tumor diagnosis. To be brief, in 2004 on my birthday, i was diagnose with a grade 2 inter ventricular brain tumor. This is mass which is located in the center of ones inter ventricular tubes in which it centers some if not all of bodies functions i.e. ( how i talk, listen, learn, see , walk , feel, ..etc) After a couple of years of treatments, wins and fails; i relapsed in 2009 and continue to further be affected. First, with having almost lost my eyesight to pathiologema, and then after discovering in my senior year in high school about a spinal tumor which had been invading and spreading throughout my spine ,neck and chest. Fun right! (cancer humor)
For the most part this had not been worst part on my ongoing journey of survivorship! After the summer of coming back from getting treatment for my previous relapse i was attending a normal session of chemo treatments with my doctors, when they had discovered an even graver finding…
i can still remember as if it was still yesterday. I was sitting in the patient waiting room with my mom in Fresno’s Valley Children’s Hospital. The room like always decorated with neutral colors blue,green, and pink. With images of bugs and insects on the walls. If i can recall, something had been different that day. My treatment room remain the same. it was still blue with bug and insect pictures in the walls. i could remember only looking up at the glass cloud sky that illuminated the room that day as i waited anxiously for the doctor to come in and explain a decent amount of good news.
But as i sat their and waited, i was reminiscing about what had happen that morning with my blood test and scans that had made that day significantly different. Finally my doctor walked in; the look on his face said it all. With a look of remorse my doctor along with other medical professionals explained to me and my mom that i had develop Myelodysplastic Syndrome
(MDS for short). If gone untreated , they believe i would only have 2 months to live. It is a condition in which the blood cells in my bone marrow stop producing any new blood cells, making my old ones toxic and threatening. A series of bone marrow aspirations and spinal taps only concurred the diagnosis to be accurate.
Being Diagnosed with a slow growing brain tumor, as well as relapsing with my spinal , neck, and chest; this simply was the cherry on top! (more cancer humor) For one reason or another, i have a problems going back to that point in time where doctors were explaining to me the seriousness of my diagnosis. Everything and all that came out of their mouths had been cancer this , cancer that. Constantly explaining my life expectancey! The day my doctors had me bring my family: brothers and sister to get tested for a match, was a hard day. As it was hard enough for my mom to explain to them, i only had two months to live. They now had to hear it from some strangers (my docs), the possibility of loosing me.
it was not easy seeing my brothers and sister being torn with such overwhelming news. it was hard, but it had to be said. I was in need of a bone marrow transplant. The only way to resolve the issue was for them to take a simple blood test to see if they were a match and candidate. (Brief : Siblings are only 15-25% the match at times, while parents are sometimes never the match) Waiting at the time was the hardest time for my family. Days later we have received a call from my doctors stating that two sibling of mine were miraculously a match. The oldest and my youngest sibling. Oddly they were the ones i mostly struggled and fought with growing up ! (More cancer humor)
For the next few weeks my agenda became constantly fighting for my life. Researching on getting informed about what my MDS was and how to go about. I knew then i needed a bone marrow transplant. Since i was living in California i grew to find that only 3 cities in the state further go on bone marrow transplant procedures. I had selected City of Hope in Duarte Ca. A well renown cancer research hospital. I knew i was going to be amongst the best. Their they tested both my oldest and youngest brother. The decision was made amongst both of my brothers. My brother Aaron (the youngest) was going to be the ongoing donor who will join me in gaining a piece of my life back.
Test had been established and they had assured he was the best candidate. Our DNA, for some odd reason explained we had been so closely identical in such way it seemed as if we were both twins born oddly in different years.
on December 14 2011
My transplant procedure had begun. As i was being prepped for the next days to come i was being explain on the life and eating changes i was to undergo for my suppressed immune system. That included going through a low bacteria diet.
Low-Bacterria Diet Defined:  pre-selected food items that help reduced the risk of bacterial microbes damaging an all ready weaken immune system. I.E fully washing fruits and vegetables according to guidelines. Eating fully cooked foods. Nothing raw. Strictly, following procedures cooking and eating anything that may harm the immune system during the transplant process.

Professional Credentials

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts A.A. Further pursuing B.A.

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