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Mon, Jul 20 11:29am · Dry drunk syndrome in Addiction & Recovery

@mothergoose76 @hopeful33250 This is too weird- I generally only follow the lung groups, since I'm a lung cancer survivor. But, when I opened the weekly digest and Addiction & Recovery came up first it was like a sign that since I missed my 11am Zoom meeting I should peek in here. And, the first thing I read was about you looking along the path of your walk, which really spoke to me, so thank you! Next, I opened this because I too, have a similarly close person and issue. And, same as you, suggesting a meeting only makes it worse. (Meanwhile, I really came away from the article feeling like it was written by someone with a psych degree but not our problem.) The only thing I've found helpful is to involve another common friend- if geographically possible, to meet for a walk or sit outside to visit. It puts the balance back on our side, at least long enough to hopefully get her to shift her perspective for the moment or to better evaluate our own.

Tue, Jun 23 10:45pm · Multifocal Adenocarcinoma of the lung, continual recurrences in Lung Cancer

@merpreb Sending my good thoughts. We were at Mayo last week for my CT scan and visit and all went well. With the lockdown, my 3-month visits were closer than my hair appointments!

Thu, Mar 19 5:46pm · Have you tried to quit smoking while undergoing treatment? in Cancer

@kowalski That doesn't sound like anything I'd come across. I just googled and found the attached reasons why smoking hampers recovery. It's from Cleveland Clinic but I'm pretty sure I'd seen the same either on Mayo's site or cancer.org when I was going through it. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/smoking-cancer-diagnosis-quit-now/

Sun, Mar 15 1:37pm · Multifocal Adenocarcinoma of the lung, continual recurrences in Lung Cancer

@merpreb @meka I haven't had anyone ask anything like that but when i just stopped to think about it i realized it's probably because I've always been proactive with telling people what's going on. And i think that's because before I went through this I never knew anything and always quietly assumed the worst when someone else would get diagnosed. So, perhaps subconsciously I've been straightening them out before they can ask any annoying questions!

Sat, Mar 14 4:44pm · Multifocal Adenocarcinoma of the lung, continual recurrences in Lung Cancer

@meka @linda10 It must be Mayo week- we leave tomorrow for my 2 year check on Monday. Hilton and Gonda for tests and appt. in am and then an unrelated check in the Eisenberg in the afternoon.

Mon, Jan 27 9:04pm · Have you tried to quit smoking while undergoing treatment? in Cancer

@metalneck @cinder I so relate to both of you. The good news is I'm 2 weeks to the day away from getting to my 4 year Quit Smoking anniversary. And, although I still enjoy walking past someone smoking a cigarette I now think smoky rooms stink and have no interest in smoking. The realistic news is a friend told me it took him 6 months to get over the hump. I hoped that wouldn't be my case, but it was. I underestimated how helpful Chantix was since the urge was, as you say, intense at times. But, don't let anyone tell you that you can just stop the Chantix without weaning off it, like you built it up. After 4 months when I just stopped I gained the most of my weight and had major urges to the point of being miserable. The doc renewed my script and after a couple more weeks when I drew down slowly I did fine from there. Interesting to me was that I never thought of after a meal as my biggest need but to this day, if I don't have a wintergreen lifesaver on hand things could get dicey!

As far as mind games- try to get your hands on Allen Carr's book "Easy Way To Stop Smoking." My dentist told me how one of her patients had success when she read and I then did, too. He makes a great case for how we were hypnotized into smoking (as opposed to going to a hypnotist to stop smoking.) He built a case for my mind to wrap around, and along with Chantix and the will to persevere, that was the ticket. And, once you get to the other side where you don't stress about needing to get where you can smoke after being stuck somewhere too long is so freeing. Hang in there!

Dec 3, 2019 · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

@merpreb Hi, Merry! This reminded me to let you know that all went well at my check up the week before last. I can go to 4 months before the next one, which will be just shy of 2 years since surgery. If all good on that one, I can switch to twice a year. So, thankful at Thanksgiving here. Good thoughts to you on yours.

Dec 3, 2019 · Living with lung cancer - Introduce yourself & come say hi in Lung Cancer

@scoop2365 So sorry you have these worries at this family time of year but you found a great group of people here. My two cent thought is to remember that if it is cancerous that no matter what options you are given that you very likely will want a second opinion and hopefully from a completely separate facility. I did not understand until it happened to me how we only had a handful of hospitals in our state with decent marks for lung cancer surgery and my doctors were not at one of them. (And, as a friend pointed out, the places that advertise the most are often not one, either.) It's a stressful time, but it helps when you have confidence in the team that handles everything. Prayers to you both.