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Old 07-04-2008, 10:33 PM   #323
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Let see, I quit "cold turkey" just this past Feb, 2008.
I also gave up: drinking, sex and, good ole "hot dogs"..don't ask why..
Thank GAWD I still have my Airstream~!!
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:17 AM   #324
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Let see, I quit "cold turkey" just this past Feb, 2008.
I also gave up: drinking, sex and, good ole "hot dogs"..don't ask why..
Thank GAWD I still have my Airstream~!!

3 out of 4 are not so bad to give up but the health benifits of one are well documented..........
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:18 AM   #325
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Sorry to hear of your diagnosis some times life throws you hard curves. You are smoking more because you are stressed no doubt.

I hope this is not too personal, we have never met but this is my best advice. Take free advice for what you paid for it.

You quit the same everyone else does. For a reason health, expense, quality of life, whatever. To do that you have to make a real commitment to yourself. Not to your doctor or friends. Yourself.

Even though you are looking at a benign tumor, you must be thinking of how mortal you are. The unknown raises your stress level. My best advice here (and hopefully getting to the root of the question) : look to the rest of your life. Whether it is one year or 50 its still the rest of your life and none of us can call the time. How do you want live it?
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Old 07-05-2008, 01:29 PM   #326
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I speak from experience, benign is far better than malignant. I've been fortunate that even when it's malignant it doesn't mean terminal. Coming up on 18 years and enjoying every bit of my life.

BUT - last night I had the opportunity to phone a friend back in the old home town. He's just moved into palliative care. 61, lovely wife, twin daughters. Vintage cars in his shop, one of those people who has never made an enemy and couldn't even if he had tried he's just so amiable and pragmatic about life. He said last night "this is it for me buddy. I'm drowning, I just can't get enough air. They are keeping me drugged enough that I'm comfortable, but I'm scared and I just don't understand why at 40 when I thought I should quit smoking I didn't. It was just easier to light the next one than to quit and now look where I am. I'm sorry to you and to my other friends, but mostly my family. My lousy habit is hurting them terribly." All I could say was that we loved him, he's in our prayers, and what's done is done and God speed.

I'm really going to miss Rick. Sometime very soon he'll no longer be with us. It hurts to see and to know that there's a chance had he quit when he thought he should he may still be with us.

Take a look at your life. You have wonderful things all around you and people who love you deeply and will be hurt if you don't survive your current situation. Get the tumor out and then spend every day and every moment with the thought that this is a one time deal and you either live it and love it to the fullest or you lose.

Good luck with your operation. Once you are through the other side you will know of what I speak. Getting there isn't that difficult, and once you are there I look forward to reading your posts for a long long time.

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Old 07-05-2008, 04:24 PM   #327
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I think that whenever someone needs some encouragement or support to kick the habit,reading this thread will provide the added boost to get through the rough times.There are many posters here who understand and have walked down the road of quitting.Some successful,some still trying.
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:14 PM   #328
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Love you guys, your advice and generosity of spirit, has affected me deeply.

Those of you who have unfortunately experienced, either personally or a loved one, in this situation will understand the medical stuff. I have an acoustic nueroma, only 1 cm. pressing on cranial nerve no. 8- affects only my balance. I'm trying to see this diagonsis in a positve manner, have been advised "If you're gonna have one, this is the best one to have".

It's the having one at all, that I can't quite seem to wrap my brain around. Have to admit mortality has been an issue in my family. My Dad died at 52 from a brain aneurysm and his father died suddenly at age 51 (early 1940's). Thought I had beat the curse, I'm 55 and female.......quite a shock when you find out.. you didn't!

So happy I have our Argosy, (Hot Topic: Custom cutains from Ambruso 150%.) and our '61 Impala, and we live in the Maritimes. Life can't get any better than this.

I intend to enjoy life, decades beyond this year......like I told Hubby "You can't get rid of me that easy, who else would put up with you"? His response was "I'd be lost".

Love 'ya babe.
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Hope you guys are still on the wagon!

Hang tough. It should be getting easier about now.
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:35 PM   #330
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Hey~!

I was not thinking abt it,....
till you mention it..
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I was not thinking abt it,....
till you mention it..
Four weeks and counting.....a walk in the park-NOT!

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I applaud all who are able to do "cold turkey". Obviously, you have made a personal decision to do so.

Have been smoking for decades and have never tried to quit. Now I am forced to, not my decision. Friends and family have used the patch etc. to help them.

Any comments on the marketed products, would be greatly appreciated. Pros and Cons.

I know, I know, still in denial....I'm working on it!
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I applaud all who are able to do "cold turkey". Obviously, you have made a personal decision to do so.

Have been smoking for decades and have never tried to quit. Now I am forced to, not my decision. Friends and family have used the patch etc. to help them.

Any comments on the marketed products, would be greatly appreciated. Pros and Cons.

I know, I know, still in denial....I'm working on it!
I tried the patch and found it much easier to quit.The biggest obstacle to overcome is in your head.You have to want to quit.Without conquering that,it doesn't matter what you try.

Good luck to you.Hope you succeed.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:30 PM   #334
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Thumbs up Fantastic~!!

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Four weeks and counting.....a walk in the park-NOT!

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Jim,
No, you're right..it's not an easy thing..But 4 weeks is fantastic~!
I walk every day..Anywhere from 4 to 11 miles (today's walk was the longest).
Yesterday, I went nearly 9.6 miles and, when I got back home..Took my heart beat pulse reading..64~!! That's not too bad..Elevation went from 265ft to 526ft the first 1.5 miles..lol
Good luck to you and, enjoy~!!
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Keep at it - wishing you all the best and much strength.

I know that you will never look back - it's a tough road but one that leads to much happiness.
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No, you're right..it's not an easy thing..But 4 weeks is fantastic~!
I walk every day..Anywhere from 4 to 11 miles (today's walk was the longest).
Yesterday, I went nearly 9.6 miles and, when I got back home..Took my heart beat pulse reading..64~!! That's not too bad..Elevation went from 265ft to 526ft the first 1.5 miles..lol
Good luck to you and, enjoy~!!
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Thanks for encouragment. I intend to get into some type of exercise like that soon. I'd like to take up jogging again, but I don't think my joints and back could take that anymore. Walking may the best idea for me as well.

But first, I have to get thru the "munchies" stage. I can take a beer out of the fridge and grab a handfull of Fritos (love the chili-cheese) and kill my urge for a smoke. It helps greatly, except around the waist.
I've gained about 5 lbs, not too bad, I s'ppose.

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