In the past three weeks I have seen three Doctors who have poked, prodded, and plumbed the depths of my inner being. Tests confirmed their suspicions- a malignant neoplasm in my lower GI region... a fancy description of something that shouldn't be there.
It is said that people think of time in one of two ways:
Those who see time in a linear direction, from left to right, with the past to their left and the future to their right,
Those who see time as spatial; the past is behind, the future is ahead, with distractions to the periphery. The former are observants, biding their time as life passes; the latter are participants, taking steps toward the mystery of a journey. I choose the latter.
A diagnosis is not a distraction; it is a signpost, indicating a necessary change of course, a new protocol.
I visited Ed Currie yesterday. Ed is the founder of PuckerButt Pepper Company and breeder of the world's hottest chili pepper- the Carolina Reaper. Last year I interviewed Ed (you can read the interview here), shortly after receiving official status from Guinness World Records and receiving a House Resolution from the South Carolina House of Representatives for his contribution to South Carolina and medical research. I told him my diagnosis and that I wanted to include his pepper as part of my protocol.
He gave me a bottle of his latest test batch- HP63T, Test Batch No. 1.
It is the hottest Ed has developed to date... in the vicinity of 2,000,000 Scoville Units.
Ed and I will have more conversations in the days to come.
|Ed Currie and me in the sorting room at PuckerButt|