I had a Battle


7:46 AM - Feb 27, 2006 #1

But I am winning!
Stopping smoking really changed a lot of my perceptions. When I stopped on Dec. 5th, I told myself to eat whatever I wanted, as long as I didn't smoke. Well, that did work for me up until the point that I stood on the scale at the beginning of February and found that I had gained over 15 pounds! I have since begun a very sensible eating program through a center and have also begun to exercise again. I have already lost the 15 pounds I gained since December and am looking forward to losing the additional (many) pounds that I gained from years of inactivity. (Actually, I used to exercise like a fool, but the 20-something years of smoking really began to take their toll the past few years. I would make up all kinds of excuses why I couldn't exercise though I had been active for most of my life. Truth is, I couldn't breathe!)
I really love the difference in my breathing when I exercise now. It is so great to be able to take nice deep breaths! After smoking for about 3/4 of my life (frightening thought...) I had no idea what I had been missing!
Stopping smoking has caused me to be able to set and actually REACH goals again. Something I truly hadn't done in ages. I am able to see how things do not need to get "better" overnight, but that they will get a little better each day, and that adds up to huge differences over time!

On a slightly different note, I have just found out that my uncle (only 48 years old) has just been diagnosed with stage III lung cancer. I was told that he said, "I'm going to beat this thing..." as his sister heard him exhaling smoke over the phone. I thank God that I win this battle against addiction every day I choose NTAP. I will tell him about this site, and may he find the freedom that we all have.

Free for Two months, three weeks, 18 hours, 44 minutes and 36 seconds. (Almost BRONZE!)

amicalm Gold
amicalm Gold

7:55 AM - Feb 27, 2006 #2

Hi Karen....girl, you are almost Bronze!!! Wow. I loved your attitude in this post. ".......they will get a little better each day, and that adds up to huge differences over time!...... How true.. I just love that.
Very sorry to hear about your uncle. I hope that he can find freedom without cigarettes as well.
Take good care of yourself.............sounds like you really are.



7:59 AM - Feb 27, 2006 #3

Quitting smoking key to fighting lung cancer

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

ORLANDO -- Smokers who quit live longer than those who don't, even after a lung cancer diagnosis, a new study has found.

The study, presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, found that twice as many lung cancer patients were alive two and five years after diagnosis if they quit smoking, and many more nonsmokers also were disease-free.

The finding, by Greg Videtic of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, is significant because doctors often have a hard time convincing patients to give up cigarettes after learning they have lung cancer.

Patients feel the damage is already done, or they view smoking as a stress reliever to get them through the difficult news of learning they have cancer.

"Many people have a defeatist attitude," said Dr. Carl Tahn, an oncologist with Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute. "They think, 'I already have cancer, why shouldn't I keep smoking?' . . . Studies like this give them a reason to quit. It's never too late to quit."

Tahn said he encourages all his lung cancer patients to quit smoking but only about one-third do.

Dr. Paul Scheinberg, chief of pulmonary medicine at St. Joseph's Health System in Atlanta, said he has persuaded nearly 90 percent of his lung cancer patients to abandon cigarettes.

He tells them to think of smokes as cancer food.

"If patients want to keep feeding the cancer while trying to oppose it, the feeding will probably win," Scheinberg said. "They have to get in the mind-set that the cigarette is not their best friend, as they've been accustomed to. It's a betraying friend."

Donna Belmont-Lehr, 56, of Roswell was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2000. She had smoked for nearly 40 years and had quit three times only to start again. But Bemont-Lehr hasn't had a cigarette since two weeks after learning she had cancer. She shows no signs of recurrent cancer, and she credits nicotine patches, chewing gum, big bags of suckers and a new outlook on life for helping her quit.

"It was the reality of the fact that I wasn't infallible," she said. "I don't intend to go back to smoking, but I don't say I'll never have another cigarette. I just take it day by day."

Experts say quitting smoking allows lung tissues to get healthier and chemotherapy drugs to work more effectively while enabling patients to better withstand the side effects of chemotherapy.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 19, 2002