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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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Feb 5, 2018 11:25PM MinusTwo wrote:

Avefenix - welcome. You've come to a place where no one judges - because we've all been there. I too used Chantix for my "last" quit and had no problems. Others swear by the patch or gum or ... Glad you got the book from VJS. Lots of great ideas.

One of the most useful things for me was on-line support late at night when I couldn't go for a walk and was desperate for a smoke. There were lots of blogs that helped me to feel like I wasn't alone and it was REALLY hard for most everyone, not just me. Unlike my ex-DH who just put them down and said 'no more' when the price reached $0.25 pack. Yup - twenty-five cents.

This site is full of inspiration and helpful tips. Also I feel that I've made some great friends who really do understand. If you try & it doesn't work, try again. There are no failues - only attempts. We will never "yell" at you.

Hopeful that you don't have bad SEs with the Tamox.

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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Feb 5, 2018 11:36PM MinusTwo wrote:

mkn86 - Welcome. Glad you have been following along. I haunted many 'quit' sites w/o ever posting but felt at home here. Congrats - one month down!!!

Good that your chemo is done. Hopefully surgery will be easy. Yes cancer adds to our daily stress and it would be so easy to start again. I quit 3-1/2 years before I was diagnosed with BC. For many years I could tell everyone how many hours & minutes I'd gone w/o a smoke. Interesting thing was that I promised myself and all my friends that if I was ever diagnosed with a life threatening condition or disease, the first thing I would do was buy a pack of cigarettes. Somehow I didn't think about it in the mad rush to get this "thing" out of my body. I often thought about having a smoke, but truly forgot my promise to buy a pack until one day a friend said - how come you didn't start smoking again. Whew boy was it lucky that I forgot.

I will always be a smoker. That will never change. I'm just a smoker who is not smoking. And haven't since 7/11/07. Hoping I can continue to hold on. It truly does get easier as time goes by.

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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Feb 13, 2018 12:42PM lisamarie68 wrote:

Avefenix,

I did not do chemo or radiation either .. just had mas/recon.. I also decided not to do Tamox ... I am wishing you well and hopefully no Se...

mkn86 .. welcome .. glad you stopped by .. this is my fav place for support ...

Hi Bosom , VJ , Judi , Minus , April ... I miss you all ... hope everyone is doing well.. I am back on track and doing great ...

xoxoxoxo

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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Feb 13, 2018 01:20PM MinusTwo wrote:

Yay LisaMarie for back on track!!!

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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Feb 14, 2018 12:56AM mkn86 wrote:

thank you for the warm welcome :)

i was already at 5-8 sticks per day at the time of diagnosis. i would quit and then come back and didn’t really give myself a hard time about it.

But i think this time i will need to make sure that stopping lasts longer than usual. the longest time for me was around 8 months. i wouldget the urger to smoke and just think “yeah i can smoke later

- kat Dx 8/11/2017, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/6/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin) Chemotherapy 11/8/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Feb 14, 2018 02:10PM katiec3598 wrote:

New on here. Having a rough time quitting smoking. You would think with all the hard things that I have been through that I could do this right? I feel stupid going to my doctor and saying that I'm still smoking. 

Katie
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Feb 14, 2018 03:18PM Moderators wrote:

Hi katie, and welcome to Breastcancer.org!

We know it's tough, but that's why it's great you found us! This is a great support group, and we're right there with you, cheering you on!

Please come back often, engage fully, and get the support you need. We're all here for you.

Looking forward to hearing more from you soon!

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Feb 15, 2018 02:05PM MinusTwo wrote:

Katie - welcome. We hear you girl. It's not easy. If you read through some of these pages, there are lots of ideas and tips. Find one of the posts from VJ. She has offered her book free of charge to BCO members on this thread.

Where are you in your treatment process? When you get a chance, go to 'my profile' and fill in your information. Quit suggestions may be different if you're still in active treatment. For example I swear by Chantix, but it probably wouldn't work with chemo.

mkn - thinking about you as you set new goals.

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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Feb 16, 2018 12:54PM lisamarie68 wrote:

Hi Katie ,

Welcome .. yes quitting smoking can always be a journey .. don't beat yourself up as everyone of us has taken our own paths and found what helps to quit .. As for me I used Chantix and quit for 3 years , then I moved to Las Vegas to care for my mom and got overwhelmed and smoked for a couple months and now I am back on track not smoking ... I was very sad and mad when I picked one up after 3 years .. but now I am back on track .. If you would have told me I ever would be a non smoker , I would never have believed ... This group offers so much .. there is a lot of support and love here .. you can PM me anytime ...

Hi to all of you Beautiful ladies .... Minus , VJ, Bosom, Judi , April...

Another day has come and I choose not to smoke and to be free...

xoxoxoxo

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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