***This may be a TMI (too much information) post for some. Read with caution.

One of Jake’s side effects is the irritating, painful and outright annoying constipation. Pooping has been a hot topic of conversation in our house for the past couple of months and quite honestly, provides us with a lot of laughs.

I should add that prior to this whole constipation/cancer issue, Jake and I have always been open about our discussions of pooping, flatulence and the like. We are not shy people and having these open conversations is healthy in a relationship (IMO).

Well, two out of the four chemo drugs lists constipation as a side effect. At our bi-weekly doctor appointments, the pooping, or lack thereof, is always a discussion in order to help Jake get things moving. After numerous trial and errors as well as having to drink a few bottles of the nasty grape flavored magnesium citrate bottles, Jake is finally on a regimen. He takes two laxatives and two stool softeners three times a day. Most days it seems to work, but other days, not so much.

Even though Jake takes over the counter laxatives, he also eats a natural laxative our dietician suggested. I have been making it for the past month and Jake gets to enjoy it by the spoonful twice a day. Jake and I both agree that it doesn’t taste that bad. It tastes like straight up bran oatmeal, without the oats. Oh and a hint of prunes. ;)

It is super easy to make and lasts about a week.

Natural Laxative

  • 1 1/4 cups unprocessed bran
  • 1 cup prune juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or molasses)
  • 1 cup applesauce


  1. Mix in blender (or by hand) and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days.
  2. Stir before taking.

Notes from page:

  • Start by taking 1 tablespoon a day and then increase up to as many as 3 or 4 a day.
  • The high fiber content acts by drawing water into the colon, softening your stool and aiding in bowl movements.
  • Always drink fluids to increase the effectiveness of the fiber.

4 thoughts on “Constipation

  1. Thank you so much for this!! The “p word” is a hot topic in our household as well. My husband is having a lot of problems with constipation despite taking stool softeners and laxatives. Maybe we will try this and see if that helps! Thanks again!

  2. great tip,dried dates also works for me well,drinking half a cup of mild to warm water and then eating 1 date works nice for me ,i have chronic constipation ,i use prune juice on daily basis sometimes,to prevent cases that the prune juice “stop working” (already happened ) i switch sometimes to the dried dates (Madjhol type in particular).

    • What a great idea. Jake has been drinking a lot of prune juice lately, but have never thought about having him eat dates. Thanks for that tip!

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