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Jan 26, 2018 10:54AM
MinusTwo -- Since I live in the desert, we don't have a problem with fires. Earthquakes are our menace since I live close to the San Andreas fault. Someday when the big one hits, I hope I'm not here. Thanks for asking. I have friends that live in the Santa Barbara area who did have to evacuate but luckily they did not lose their house.
Having cigarettes in the house, even if they are in the freezer, can be too tempting for many people, glad it worked for you. I tell my clients to plot the way to the closest all night convenience store, so that when you get one of those "I'm going to die or go crazy" cravings, you know that cigarettes are just 5, 10, 15 minutes away at that store. But during the time it takes to get in the car and drive there, the craving will go away.
Last summer I had a woman who had just come back from a cruise and had 6 cartons of duty free cigarettes left when she quit. What she eventually did was to trade them for services with her hair dresser.
For those of you who don't know me -- I had quit smoking 3 months before I was diagnosed with BC (the first time in 1987) and I relapsed while I was going through chemo. It took me 3 years of quitting, relapsing, quitting, relapsing etc... before I finally quit for good. -- my method was to teach others. I had gone to a class through the American Cancer Society (several times). My facilitator told me that if I wanted to quit for good -- teach someone else. When I reached my last straw, that is what I did. I went through their training class and taught my first class -- one month after I quit. I facilitated classes for ACS for free for 5 years. Since then, I went back to school, got a Masters in Health Psychology/Behavioral medicine and was trained at the Mayo clinic as a tobacco treatment specialist. I had always wanted to write a book and in 2010 when I had BC a second time, to put all my notes etc together and finally did it. I put it out there as an e-book at first and then got it published. Now I work full time helping others become smoke-free and I love what I do. So I really do know how hard it is to quit while going through BC treatment .Good luck to all of you.
VJ Sleight, 1st diagnosis: 1987, stage 2, ER+, 0/18 nodes, lympectomy, radiation and chemo. cancer free for 22 years, 10 months and 27 days. www.VJSleight.com
8/2/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-