My Visit to the Lung Doctor

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February 17th, 2003, 11:24 pm #21

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April 26th, 2003, 7:16 am #22

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April 26th, 2003, 8:24 am #23

Hi Linda,
I am a newbie here at Freedom so I just read your article about going to the doctor. It reminded me of a program that is called "scared straight" where young people who are in trouble with the law are sent to jails to here inmates tell of their harrowing experiences with prison life in hopes of turning these kids lives around. Well, I think if every smoker could hear your testimonial it would scare them into becoming ex-smokers. I am personally helped(scared) by your testimonial also, I hope I will refer to it in the future to keep me from even thinking about relapsing into my old life of dependence on the evil drug nicotine. Thanks for your insight into what each person on this site might have to go through at some point in their lives.
Roy
1 week, 1 day, 18 hours smoke free!
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April 26th, 2003, 9:31 am #24

Thanks Linda,
You have read my story and you know I have read yours. I hope that between us, we can help someone. Yes, there is a very good reason for quitting. At this point in time, I wish I could just get the world to listen to what I know now. I have a husband that lost his lung to cancer and now I find myself facing scary tests because I am short of breath. I know they won't listen because I didn't at their age either. It's just a hard lesson to learn the hard way. Hopefully we can reach the younger members of our Freedom Family. Thanks again Linda. Your story has helped many. yqs, sue
Four weeks, 2 hours, 15 minutes and 7 seconds. 1123 cigarettes not smoked, saving $162.38. Life saved: 3 days, 21 hours, 35 minutes.
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April 26th, 2003, 11:50 am #25

Dear Sue,

I cannot tell you not to worry about your tests because you will worry anyway......but I can tell you that you've got all of us here with you on this. No matter what the outcome, you are still far, far ahead of the game for having finally quit smoking. You have a lot to be proud of.

Linda

ps.....have a good night and congratulations on your first nicotine month!
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April 26th, 2003, 12:05 pm #26

ps......I just saw your note Roy. My story is nothing. So far I have been very, very lucky and after 3 years we've just finally found a new medication that is keeping the asthma under control and I can breathe easily.

The person who really has a story to tell is our Kim. It could belong to any of us and our prayers are with her and her family. Read Kim's Missing Lung.

Welcome to Freedom, Roy. Just always remember that to keep on healing never take another puff.

Linda
3 years, 4 mos free
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April 26th, 2003, 12:27 pm #27

pps,
Thanks for the link to Kim's story. It was very moving. It was also very graphic, which is sometimes necessary to strongly get the point across that smoking can be very dangerous and perhaps lethal. Her story along with yours and others posted on this sight will serve as inspiration for me to keep true to my quit. Also, thanks for your concern and support for us newbies who sometimes must be led by the hand out of the darkness of withdrawal.
Roy,
1 week, 1 day, 22 hours smoke free!
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June 25th, 2003, 11:42 pm #28



CookieI have been quit for 8 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 9 hours, 59 minutes and 10 seconds (255 days). I have saved $1,787.91 by not smoking 10,216 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 4 Days, 11 hours and 20 minutes of my life.
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April 26th, 2004, 10:40 am #29

thank you for sharing this.
ahnaka
Two weeks, 23 hours, 10 minutes and 13 seconds. 224 cigarettes not smoked, saving $58.93. Life saved: 18 hours, 40 minutes.
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May 7th, 2004, 8:17 am #30

Hi Linda,

I'm glad I came across this post. It's at once shocking and full of hope. I'm delighted that things worked out well for you in the end; you were indeed blessed with a second chance. However, I find myself brooding over all the poor souls whose diagnoses amount to death sentences.

You've helped me strengthen my quit. Thanks.

Big Al
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May 7th, 2004, 6:29 pm #31

thanks for bringing it up Big Al,

thank you for writing it linda,im sure glad it was asthma too.

you are so right that as smokers we have to be frightened into quiting,
i experienced this last week when i nearly lost my quit, during an urge i had no fear of what smoking would do to me, and it happened to be the worst crave id had since id quit, because i had been comfortable for so long, i let boundaries slip, and fear fall away. the biggest mistake was not keeping fresh in the mind the very worse case senario that smoking can do to you.(or those who love or depend on you)
For mothers like me we have to always remember, if something doesnt happen to us it could happen to our children, i have to live with the guilt that my son has asthma most likely because i smoked when i was pregnant, he was low birth weight, had under developed lungs, and i smoked around him for the first 4 years of his life.
this did not stop me though, junkie thinking makes you blame anything else but yourself. he hasnt had a chest infection since i quit, theres the proof to me, i had spent 4years in and out of hospitals with him, inhalers, nebulizers ,oxygen, steroids.
one night lying in bed i thought i was going to have a heart attach, couldnt move, i had already had surgery over bad circulation, it scared the life out of me, i quit at that moment only because my life had flashed before me, wasnt it selfish that i had to wait til i got a fright , yet my son had to go through 4 years of slow choking and gasping before i would stop.

i am lucky too, and fearful yet again.
lynda
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August 27th, 2004, 11:08 am #32

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August 27th, 2004, 11:32 am #33

I find that stories about the horrible health affects of smoking really hit home with me. I'm not sure what that veil is that keeps people from quitting nicotine given the health affects, however I sure am glad it has lifted for me.

As a reinforcement I've visited forums for those dealing with lung cancer to make sure I never grow complacent, or gloss over the real consequence of smoking. It is very eery how there is virtually no mention of smoking in these posts - except in the very few posts where those with lung disease, who were non-smokers, make this specific point. The silence from the many, many others is as difficult to encounter as the facts of the disease itself.

Joanne, who will never take another puff.
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September 1st, 2004, 4:37 am #34

for Agnes....having difficulty breathing is not from quitting smoking but from an underlying cause that the smoking was masking. Please see your doctor.
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September 1st, 2004, 4:51 am #35

I can only emphasize what Linda has stated. This was pretty much my experience as well. We are all different, but one fact remains, quitting smoking cannot make you ill. Other suppressed illnesses can make themselves known, however in absense of our addictions.

Thank you so much Linda for this original post. It helped me enormously.

Cheryl - Free and Healing for Two Months, Thirty Days, 17 Hours and 21 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 6 Days and 8 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1834 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $414.31.
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September 8th, 2004, 8:49 am #36

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December 4th, 2004, 3:09 am #37

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January 9th, 2005, 10:19 pm #38

I just spent a scary night at the hospital. I've had mild chest pains for a couple of days and shallow breathing. I saw my doctor Friday. We scheduled a lung scan for Monday night (as early as available) and Saturday morning she said, "No change? Go to Emerg.; we have to rule out the biggies."

The doctor who saw me said "Good", when I told him I quit smoking over a year ago, but after all the history questions he still noted, "Your only risk factor is your smoking history."

We've ruled out "the biggies" -- or at least the far-advanced biggies. Nothing on an x-ray, but still doing a lung scan tomorrow. Good blood tests and cardiogram. The experience was almost enough to scare me into a heart attack. They insert an intravenous into the back of your hand "in case we need to medicate you quickly in crisis." I'm "only" 42. And I thought about Kim and about Linda and this post, and about Sue and her hubby. And I really could not stand listening to the pretty young nurse tell me (unasked) that she's not ready to quit smoking.

What I think was my last really annoying trigger was wanting to smoke when I'm sick or under the weather. I've posted about it a few times. This week I no more wanted a cigarette than I would want to shoot my head off with a handgun -- which has never been an impulse of mine. I am relieved to find that I think that trigger has been re-programmed forever as long as I NTAP.

Celebrate every day you are nicotine free everybody! Stick to it you newly quit members! You will never regret quitting.

This quote was in my email this morning:
When overspread by extreme vice--
like a sal tree by a vine--
you do to yourself
what an enemy would wish.
-Dhammapada, 12, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.


What an enemy would wish. Why did I smoke again? Oh yeah, I'm addict.

~ Kay (Gold) ~
Celebrating 1 Year, 18 Days, 3 Hours and 44 Minutes of Freedom.
Forsaking 7663 doses of poison has liberated $2,491.22 and 26 Days and 14 Hours of my life.
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January 9th, 2005, 10:44 pm #39

Oh, Kay ... what a scary night that must have been! Thanks for sharing this with us ... just wanted to let you know that I'll be thinking about you tomorrow evening.

Congratulations on not killing that nurse! Just shows what a strong character you have. I wish you all the best and will be keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you.

Thanks also for bringing this string up to the top. My heart goes out to all the people that told their stories here.

Gitte
44 days and a bit
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February 3rd, 2005, 12:11 pm #40

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May 20th, 2006, 9:52 am #41

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August 28th, 2006, 8:22 am #42

Thank you for this post Mrs. Grumpy. My Gram is one of those peaple stuck on oxygen. I saw her in Jan and I couldnt believe how grey and frail she looked it made me want to cry. I cant let my children ever see me like that so I will Never Take Another puff.
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November 7th, 2006, 11:39 am #43

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November 9th, 2006, 3:21 pm #44

My appointment is on the 14th, I'm scared, I hope my news is as good as Linda's was. I'm trying not to "borrow trouble" but even with the pumps I am still having trouble. I can't sleep lying flat without beginning to cough. I know it is the bronchitis as I have had that in the past, but even so, it could also be more. Well, at least now I am doing what I can. I stopped smoking. Whatever my condition, not smoking anymore will give me the best quality of life I can achieve at this point.
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January 22nd, 2007, 2:19 am #45

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