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Forum: Share Your Experiences Of Life After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis —

Share your experiences of life after a breast cancer diagnosis and offer advice on how you cope with life's daily challenges, including how you develop a new daily/weekly routine while you deal with breast cancer.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009 12:12AM

webwriter wrote:

Some of us will, some of us won't, but it's an ugly beast to try to tackle alone. I think I'd rather have cancer than quit. Sadly, I can't quit cancer. Dunno if I can quit smoking or not, but I just read a study that says smoking (nicotine) interferes with and blocks chemo by 61%.

http://www.jointogether.org/news/research/summaries/2006/nicotine-hinders.html

joeoncology.blogspot.com/2006/...

If I'm gonna have to go through this crap, it darned well better work. I've come to terms with every other aspect of this mess I've been presented with so far. Sometimes with tears, sometimes with humor, sometimes with quiet hugs from hubby. Smoking not so much. I like it. It's my friend, my crutch, my safe harbor in a crazy world. It's killing me. It's time to say good-bye.

My quit date is 1/19/09. My husband will be joining me. Cold turkey for me, patches for him. (I am avoiding more nicotine just as much as I am sugar.) 

Anyone out there care to join us?

www.acoffeebreakcafe.com/CBC/b... Dx 11/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 29, 2017 09:40AM Leslie2016 wrote:

Hi all. I see that some of you were looking for me a few pages back and I apologize for disappearing. I don't know what happened; I must have hit the remove from my favorites link my accident at some point. I haven't been posting much on the site the last bit. Been working through everything, as we all do.

I'm very disappointed in myself. I was off the smokes and doing ok with it through the beginning of chemo...then some things happened that upset me greatly and I started again. Since then, I've gone a week or so here and there without, then I buy a pack, then go a few days, buy another one...I just don't seem to be able to get back off all together. At the end of each pack I say that's it! Then I go buy another one. It's frustrating. My inner fight with myself is stupid...I want to be off, I feel I can, then I feel I can't but if I have them, I smoke them. It sucks.

Chemo is done, in the middle of rads now. Will be done mid April with herceptin until the end of the year and tamoxifen going into the future. I hope I can get rid of the smokes soon for good; I know I need to but I seem to have lost my willpower to fight it along with everything else. Other than that I'm doing pretty good. Looking forward to returning to work and getting my life back. Hope all fo you are doing well.

48 at diagnosis Dx 9/6/2016, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 10/7/2016 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 10/25/2016, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes Chemotherapy 11/2/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 1/4/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 3/16/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 5/1/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 29, 2017 10:31AM MinusTwo wrote:

Bosum - hang in there girl. I can remember snuffing them out & re-using. I can remember scrounging for butts in the ash trays after a late night when I couldn't get to the store. Thinking of you.

kbt & Honey - how are you both doing?

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 29, 2017 10:37AM MinusTwo wrote:

LisaMarie - another piece of the puzzle. Glad you have an answer about the sleep apnea. Hopefully you'll have restful nights now. With everything else you're doing, you sure need your sleep.

Leslie - sorry to hear the smokes are still dogging you. Don't give up trying. Perhaps once the rads are done you can make a concerted attack. At least you're not buying by the carton.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Mar 29, 2017 10:55AM BosumBlues wrote:

Leslie, I always feel like such a failure but with every smoke or pack I do not smoke I am still ahead. I almost changed my computer background screen to a smoker's lung but couldn't do it. I do have a pic saved on my computer though for my weak moments. It is not a pretty sight.

Dx IDC
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Apr 3, 2017 08:56AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Good Morning all .. Spring is finally here .. feeling so Grateful for the warm ... hope everyone is well .. love and miss you all ..

xoxoxoxxo

Lisamarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Apr 3, 2017 09:47AM MinusTwo wrote:

LisaMarie - I'm so glad you continue to check in even with your heavy work load. What's happened with the sleep study?

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 5, 2017 08:48AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Hi Minus , the sleep study said I stop breathing 13 times per hour and i snore really bad .. so I have to go to a pulmonologist and get a cpap machine .. hopeflly I will feel better .. thanks for asking ... xoxoxo

yes work work work , I am on a 13 day stretch no day off now ..

Hope everyone is doing well ... never give up

Lisa marie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Apr 9, 2017 05:15PM BosumBlues wrote:

My beautiful momma is in the hospital. Today I drove my sis over in my car and so had my smoke outside on a windy day. After several hours in the room a nurse walked in and said "is anyone smoking in here? The room smells of smoke" and then proceeded to turn on the outside fan. Then the cranky woman on the other side of the curtain said, "I CAN'T STAND THE STENCH"!!! OMG lady, I have smelled your bowl movements for the last 7 days so sorry to disgust you but I was in fact horrified that 4 hours after no cig on a windy day I was still stinking up the room. :(

Dx IDC
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Apr 9, 2017 08:11PM HoneyBeaw wrote:

Bosum , Leslie..........Im right there with you , I do good for a few day and then fall off the wagon, I get so mad at myself and think what a weak loser I have become through this entire process.....then get mad at being so hard on myself. I so admire people that can quit cold turkey. My father did and he was a super heavy smoke, he keeps telling me its the only way to do it . Its a week of hell and its over..........Im starting to think hes right .

Went to visit new grandbaby today, got 3 now all under 2. You would think that would be the motivation I needed to quit, why is this so hard?

Surgery 11/27/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 12/5/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/26/2016 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/16/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Apr 9, 2017 08:20PM MinusTwo wrote:

Bosum - so sorry to hear about your Mother. I hope she's feeling better soon. I think those people were horribly rude. But I agree, I never used to understand how much the smell would cling to me. No wonder my Mother always knew.

Honey - I've read several articles about the difference between men & women trying to quit smoking. Your Dad did it the 'guys way'. Apparently guys don't have the emotional involvement and stress equalizer that women get from smoking. What have you tried so far? Not to beat my own drum, but I NEVER could have quit without Chantix. And the last time was the 5th or 6th time I'd quit - once for over a year. Glad to know you aren't beating yourself up. Congrats on the new grandbaby.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 9, 2017 08:34PM BosumBlues wrote:

Honey, Leslie, you would think wanting a new completed breast would be incentive enough but every thing in my world is tomorrow,

Thanks Minus but my sweet mamma is 90, almost 91. Decisions must be made for her and none of them are to her liking. She loves her perfect home and cried to go back but I am not so sure she will be going back and if she does we will only end up here again in a month or 2. She is not going to get younger.

Dx IDC
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Apr 9, 2017 08:51PM MinusTwo wrote:

Bosum. Sorry to hear that it's serious. It's very hard to make those aging decisions for one's parents. Somehow we just can't make everything right for them again.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 10, 2017 09:01AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Bosom, I am praying for your mom ... xoxo big hugs to you..

I too never knew how much the smell stuck to me when smoking .. but even now I take care of a lady all morning before i go to nursing home and she smokes like crazy .. it makes me nuts .. then I have to hurry and change my clothes into my uniform to go to the nursing home and for some reason i stll smell it in my way to work .. must be in my hair .. anyway I would never had said such rude stuff to anyone ..some people are just downright rude ,, Hugs

On the other hand with my many attempts to stop .. I could nevr had gone cold turkey .. when I was diagnosed with my cancer and had to have mastectomy and recon . I quit with only 2 weeks on patch, but i think i did that because i had too .. then after recon i was back at it in no time at all as most know .. but i stayed here and with the help of these women ... I did however slip a bunch and get depressed , stressed and beat myself up big time ... but eventually along with the chantix ... i am no longer smoking and ts almost going to be 3 years .. I cannot get over it myself ... I tell everyone who will listen that chantix was the magic pill for me ... never a craving ... its so amazing how it works ..I also know each person is different ...

Good Luck Ladies ,. this is the best place to be ..

I am now certified to work in 3 states NC, NY, And FL

Miss you all Minus , April, Judi, VJ, Bosom ....

Loys of love and Hugs

SPRING IS HERE ... Warmer weather on its way

LisaMarie

lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Apr 16, 2017 03:59PM MinusTwo wrote:

Happy Easter - Happy Spring. I've spent the last two weeks trying to make some order out of things I've neglected too long - flower beds full of weeds, bushes growing out into walkways, carpets not vacuumed, windows not washed in several years. Since I don't know how stop half way, I've managed to provoke an LE flare, but I think I have it under control. Interesting that it was the vacuuming that did it and not the heavy digging. Oh well, I won't do that again for a good while.

How are all of you doing - those trying & those taking a hiatus & those who have made it to the other side for now. You can always use our old motto - Just for today I will not smoke. One of us will be here if you need to rant or scream through the process. I miss everyone too. Maybe all will check in for a spring update.

LisaMarie - thanks for your long post. Hope your double jobs get easier when you don't have to contend with cold & snow.

Bosum - I think about your Mother every day and hope you are both OK
2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 16, 2017 04:30PM BosumBlues wrote:

85 degrees here today. Too much too fast. Sweet momma is doing better but the cash cow is dry. I guess if I want to look at the bright side I cannot afford cigs so 2 packs must last me a week. $9 a pack/day is not a habit I can afford, nor she should bear.

Dx IDC
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Apr 17, 2017 09:13AM lisamarie68 wrote:

Hope all had a nice Easter or Passover.. yes warm weather 70's .. but ive been working .. tomorrow im off . I was going to pick up extra hours but i work so much... I need to spring clean myself .. ive been neglecting it..

Hugs to you all..

Xoxoxo

Lisamarie




lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Apr 18, 2017 12:46AM - edited Apr 18, 2017 12:47AM by MinusTwo

VJ - are you off at Cochella this year? Who are you rating as the best group?

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 18, 2017 12:32PM VJSL8 wrote:

I've never been to Coachella, too young of a crowd for me. I went to Desert Trip--more my age. I only time I regretted not going was to see Paul McCartney--but I had friends who waited several hours in his tent waiting for his show. The show ends at 12 and they didn't make it home until 3 and we live about 5 miles away. (Traffic sucks during Coachella). I figured I'm just too old to have to stand for hours to see someone and then 3 is way past my bedtime.

Yesterday was only the 2nd time in almost 30 years that I had to cancel a cessation class. The class was in Riverside at 6 last night, which takes me an hour and 20 minutes. I left at 3:15 and at 5, I was still no where close to arriving at the clinic. My GPS said that I would arrive at 7. This was due to all the traffic leaving the desert due to Coachella -- it was crazy. Next Monday, I'll leave at 1 for the class at 6.

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.StopSmokingStayQuit.blogspot.com Dx 8/2/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Apr 18, 2017 02:09PM MinusTwo wrote:

VJ - I don't blame you. I agree - we're past being screaming groupies - but boy was it fun. Years ago when I was REALLY grown up (maybe 20) I went to see the Beach Boys with an older man (maybe 25). I swore i was not going to jump & and yell when they started "Help Me Rhonda", but oops, I jumped up & yelled anyway. It didn't seem to upset my date too much that I was acting like a junior high kid.

Now I usually avoid rush hours what ever time of day they happen. And more frequently I schedule my trips for daylight hours.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 21, 2017 12:06PM MinusTwo wrote:

Bosum - thinking about you and hoping your Mother is stabilized & recovering.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Apr 21, 2017 12:54PM april485 wrote:

Hi Ladies!

Just a quick pop in to say hey. Hope you are doing well! xo

"Fear has been a huge dictator in my life - so I am trying to stage a coup!" ~ a friend Dx 1/30/2013, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/21/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 3/11/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/22/2013 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/20/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 24, 2017 10:29PM MinusTwo wrote:

And another voice chiming in. We're here to support anyone who's decided to quit or is trying to quit or isn't able to concentrate on quitting right now. We've all been there and KNOW how hard it is.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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3 hours ago lisamarie68 wrote:

Good Morning Ladies.... just stopping by as well to see how everyone is doing ?? boy I miss this group .. although it was a bit more active back then .. still going strong one day at a time ...

Hugs to all that are out there struggling not to light up .. and Hugs to those who are smoke free .

Thinking of you Beckers ..Judi

Hi VJ, April. Bosom, and Minus ..

xoxoxoxo

Lisamarie

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lisamarie Dx 1/18/2012, LCIS, 0/13 nodes, ER+ Surgery 4/24/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 4/24/2012 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 7/12/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 2/12/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)

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