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February 10th, 2009, 9:58 pm #41

Title: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
Message 28 of 41 in Discussion
From: headbo (Kelly) Sent: 12/21/2002 5:30 PM

Operation Update:

I just got home from the hospital. Kim will probably be getting out tomorrow.

The doctors in London said there is only one tumour and that they can remove it. They don't know if she will need radiation or not and the neurosurgeon will decide at the time of her surgery. She has to take anti-swelling and anti-seizure medication for 2 weeks and then they will operate sometime early January. Thanks again for everyone's overwhelming support, it really does help.

And remember to never take another puff. It really isn't worth it.

Kelly
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February 10th, 2009, 10:00 pm #42

Title: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
Message 34 of 41 in Discussion
From: kito40 (Kim)
Sent: 12/23/2002 11:19 AM

Hello my wonderful Freedom family,

I was released from the hospital yesterday, the anti seizure drugs are making me feel like a real space cadet. I went for a blood test this morning to make sure the medication levels are within range, I'm just waiting to hear the results.

I will be seeing a neo-surgeron in the new year and the prognosis sounds good. According to the MRI results the tumour is confined to one spot on the right side of the brain and sounds like it can be removed easily.

I want to thank you all for you prayers and well wishes, believe me they really help at this sad time. I want everyone to have a great holiday and I'll keep you all posted on my progress.

Kim.........9 Months plus and forever committed to "Never take another Puff"
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February 10th, 2009, 10:01 pm #43

Title: Surgery is Booked for Monday Morning
From: kito40 - (Kim)
Sent: 1/9/2003 8:44 PM

I saw the neurosurgeon today and he has booked the brain tumour removal for Monday morning at 11 am. The tumour is 2 cm in size and is just under the skin on the right side of the brain. I will be sedated but awake during the procedure as they need to monitor my motor skills as they are removing it. He said there is no guarantee that they can get it all but they will keep removing as long as all my functions keep working.

There will be radiation sometime afterwards. It needs time to heal first and to let the swelling go down as radiation causes swelling also.

Kelly will keep you all up to date.

Kim...................10 months +..... and wishing I was going through withdrawal instead of this!
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February 10th, 2009, 10:02 pm #44

Title: Surgery is Booked for Monday Morning
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From: headbo (Kelly) Sent: 1/9/2003 9:06 PM

I reckon this will be my posting on Tuesday:

Kim tolerated her surgery very well. She is up and talking and they are letting her out of the hospital on today.

They got the whole tumour out with no problem to her motor skills. They are going to give her radiation for insurance purposes, but the doctors have given her a clean bill of health.

Kelly
10 months + and hoping people get the message that smoking just isn't worth it
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February 10th, 2009, 10:04 pm #45

Title: Surgery is Booked for Monday Morning
Message 58 of 112 in Discussion
From: kito40 (Kim)
Gold Sent: 1/12/2003 8:08 PM

"WOW!"
My Freedom family is wonderful! I feel all that positive energy coming my way and it feels great!

I want all of you to know that I am not afraid of tomorrow, I feel confident I am in great hands and everything is going to go well.

The surgery is scheduled for noon Canadian EST, so send all you vibes then..........thanks and I love you all!

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February 10th, 2009, 10:06 pm #46

Kim and sister Kelly after surgery on January 14, 2003[/size]

Title: Surgery is Booked for Monday Morning
Message 71 of 112 in Discussion
From: headbo (Kelly)
Sent: 1/15/2003 6:03 PM

Dear Freedom Friends:

Sorry to take so long with the update, but as you all know, no news is good news.

I am so happy to report that they got the entire tumour out without any effect at all to her motor skills. A CT scan after her operation came back clear and once again, she is cancer free. They are going to arrange radiation in a couple of weeks.

Once again, all of your prayers and positive energy have helped win another battle and thank you seems so inadequate.

We are at my parent's house right now and Kim is having a nap, but she will be online later.

Thanks again all,
Kelly
10 months +
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February 10th, 2009, 10:07 pm #47

Kim recovering, about a week after surgery[/size]

Title: Surgery is Booked for Monday Morning
Message 104 of 112 in Discussion
From: kito40 (Kim)
Gold Sent: 1/16/2003 1:11 PM


Hello All!

I am at my Mom and Dad's again, they look after me after surgery cause no one is at home at my house during the day. My Mom is a retired nurse which is an added bonus.

As you all know the surgery went well and I was awake during the 2 hr 20 min procedure. They gave me a squeeky toy in my left hand and made me squeek it every time they asked so they knew my left side was still working. It was quite the weird feeling when they sawed my skull open. The only thing that hurt was when they put the freezing in my head and when they stapled it up after. Apparantly your brain has no feeling. The side of my head is shaved with a small circle of staples. I'll need to get a hat soon...............lol. My husband took pictures, so I'll get them scanned and sent to John to update my webpage. One is of Kelly and I in my hospital bed, hope it turns out.
I want to thank everybody for you hugs, prayers and all that positive energy sent my way, I could really feel it and I know it helped in making the surgery successful.

I will be getting radiation in a couple of weeks as a precaution cause there is a chance that smaller than microscopic cells could still be there.

Thank-you all and I have no gifs here

Kim
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February 10th, 2009, 10:09 pm #48

Title: Surgery is Booked for Monday Morning
Message 106 of 112 in Discussion
From: headbo (Kelly)
Sent: 1/16/2003 1:32 PM

Dear Freedom Friends:

We forgot to mention a very important comment the doctor made when we were leaving the hospital, which was:

"Don't take up smoking again."

We assured him that we were both far too educated to ever do that.

Kelly
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February 10th, 2009, 10:11 pm #49

Title: One Year Ago, I Started 2 Journeys.....
From: kito40 - Gold
Sent: 3/7/2003 10:33 AM

March 7, 2002 is the day I started two journeys, a day I will never forget.

Journey #1 - Quitting smoking............ I knew my smoking days were over. There was no choice in the matter, nicodemon had already started his death wish. My sister found Whyquit, we educated ourselves and now there is no looking back. I would have done anything for nicotine, but not anymore. I do feel so much better, no more coughing up phlgem or going into coughing fits when I laughed. When I would walk outside in winter and breathe in that first cold breath, it was an instant coughing fit too. The days at first seemed so long, but then I turned green, then silver and now GOLD......One whole year! I am so happy to be nicotine free.

Journey #2 - March 7 was also the beginning of my battle with cancer. I was a person who believed that it would never happen to me, it only happens to other people. Being told I had lung cancer was not only a total shock to me but for my family as well. How could I possibly continue to smoke? The thought of "Oh well why quit now I already have cancer" never crossed my mind. Smoking was definately not an option for me anymore, it was starting to kill me. My health was too important now, I couldn't keep doing this to myself.

As most of you know, I had my lung removed April 23, 2002. I recovered quickly from that surgery and was feeling great. My 6 month checkup came back clean. Then on December 18, 2002 I suffered a seizure, was rushed to hospital and a brain tumor was discovered.

I saw the neurosurgeon on January 9, 2003. He made me do all these coordination tests to make sure the seizure had not affected my motor skills. He then asked me if I had a cough, I told him I used to but not since I quit smoking. After his examination he said I was a good candidate for the surgery. I didn't realize there were good and bad candidates. On the morning of the surgery (January 13), he asked me again if I had coughed. I finally figured out why he was asking. He couldn't risk me coughing and moving during the delicate surgery he was going to perform. So I have to wonder....if I hadn't quit smoking and still had that smoker's cough would he have said "sorry I can't do the surgery on you, you are too much of a risk." A scary thought! He said he removed all of the tumor but I still had to endure two weeks of radiation. Thanks to the radiation, I have no hair and I had a bad burn on my forehead, eyelids and parts of my head, it's now peeling.

So newbies and lurkers I have to say withdrawal is nothing compared to what I have been through this year and who knows what the future will bring. Anybody can quit as long as they can accept the fact they are nicotine addicts and educate themselves. Believe me when I, and the others say it gets easier, because it really does. I can honestly say I can't remember the last time I had a crave.

I want to thank John for asking me to put my story on this site, I know it has helped many. I continue to share it in hopes that it will reinforce all of your quits and inspire others to take control of their lives by "NEVER TAKING ANOTHER PUFF"...........Now let the Party Begin!!!!!

MSN will not let me post any gifs : ( ..................Kim.....Golden!!!!
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February 10th, 2009, 10:13 pm #50

Title: One Year Ago, I Started 2 Journeys.....
Message 12 of 64 in Discussion
From: headbo (gold) Sent: 3/7/2003 1:43 PM


Congratulations on GOLD sis. I'm right there with ya, but it's not official til 9:00 p.m.

Kelly

NOT A PUFF FOR 11 Months 3 Weeks 6 Days 16 Hours 44 Minutes 51 Seconds AND NEVER GOING BACK.

Cigarettes not smoked: 7293. Money saved: C$2,005.84.
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February 10th, 2009, 10:16 pm #51

Title: One Year Ago, I Started 2 Journeys.....
Message 43 of 64 in Discussion
From: kito40 - Gold
Sent: 3/9/2003 11:50 AM

I want to thank you all for the congratulations and well wishes on my Golden Anniversary. Smoking is an expensive way to kill yourself. I've spend thousands only to end up with lung cancer, a brain tumor and who knows what the future will bring. So all of you in your early stages of your quit............please believe me, "Withdrawal is so much easier than what I have been through this past year." Quitting is really not that hard with education and support .........and you have found the place to do it!



1 Year 1 Day 23 Hours 3 Minutes 38 Seconds. And way to educated to ever take another puff!
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February 10th, 2009, 10:19 pm #52

Title: SOLID GOLD
From: headbo (gold)
Sent: 3/7/2003 7:45 PM

Since Richard gave me the okay to celebrate early, I will.

Exactly one year ago today, I was on my way to Florida and just before leaving home, my sister gave me some devastating news. We drove to Detroit that night and I went into the bathroom of our hotel room at 9:00 p.m. and smoked my last cigarette. I never told anyone, but I knew that was the last cigarette I would ever smoke. I didn't smoke it because I was craving it and I really don't know why I did, but for some reason or other, I thought I should.

I held onto my carton of cigarettes for a full week and kept telling myself that I could smoke them if I wanted to, but I was choosing not to. I gave them away exactly one week later to friends who were flying out of Florida that day. From then on, I told myself that if I was going to smoke, I would have done it yesterday. I remember Day 4 was especially hard for me, but once I got past that day, it really wasn't as hard as I imagined. In fact Days 1, 2 and 3 weren't hard at all. I can still hardly believe that I have been nicotine free for one year.

I found this site by accident when I came home from Florida. I read the Message Boards and got a chuckle reading everyone's stats -- right down to the second. I read all of Joel's articles and it was this site that taught me the "Law of Addiction" and that quitting smoking really is as easy as "never taking another puff".

Quitting is doable. Just do it now and don't wait to "Bottom Out".

Kelly
Proud Member of the Gold Club
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February 10th, 2009, 10:20 pm #53

Title: SOLID GOLD
Message 10 of 31 in Discussion
From: kito40 - Gold
Sent: 3/7/2003 11:00 PM

You truly are Solid Gold!

Thanks for being there and walking side by side with me as we continue this journey that is not over yet. Your real quit sister Kim who is golden today too!
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February 10th, 2009, 10:21 pm #54

Title: SOLID GOLD
Message 23 of 31 in Discussion
From: headbo (gold) Sent: 3/9/2003 10:53 AM


A big thank you to everyone who joined in my celebration on turning GOLD. Your kind words are truly appreciated.

I can honestly say that quitting smoking was the best thing I have ever done in my entire life and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. In fact, it's hard to believe that I used to smoke at all. Words cannot express the accomplishment I feel.

Thanks again to everyone here. I know I will never take another puff.

I also know that I will always be 5 days ahead of Richard.

Kelly
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February 10th, 2009, 10:23 pm #55

Title: Health Update of the Last 6 Months
From: kito40 - Gold
Sent: 6/6/2003 8:41 PM


This is an update as to what's been happening since my tumor removal in January. There have been new pictures added to my webpage and this thread will be added there too. Visit it at www.whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Kim.html and see me bald!

London, Ontario, Canada is the home of one of the largest cancer clinics around. It also houses some of the top Doctors in the field. People come from miles to receive radiation and chemo treatment. Fortunately I only live a 1 hour drive from London and my home town has its own chemo treatment facility.

Jan 28/03-London- First day of my 10 treatments of radiation to my head. I stay in London at a Lodge sponsored by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Feb 10/03-London- The last treatment, and my ears are feeling plugged. I'm told radiation causes the wax to go hard, thus impair hearing.

Feb 11/03-Home- My hair starts to fall out and I finally shave it off 3 days later.

Feb 12/03-Home- I have a bone scan and an ultrasound. I'm told I have three spots on my adrenal gland and my family Dr. contacts London. They decide chemo is the next step and set me up with the chemo Dr. at home.

March 6/03-London- I see the Neurosugeon who removed the tumor and he says I have done exceptionally well and I won't need to see him again.

Mar 11/03- I receive a notice from the Ministry of Transportation that my driver's license has been suspended until I have been one full year seizure free which will be December, 2003.
Mar 19/03-Home- I start chemo which consists of once a week for two weeks and one week off, times 6 sessions.

Mar 26/03-Home- I see an Ear Specialist who says I have fluid in the middle ear which is quite common with radiation. The only thing he can do is put tubes in, but he can't give me an anesthetic while I'm taking chemo.

Mar 27/03-Home- I have a Cat Scan and the results say I have one spot on my adrenal gland. My family Dr. says that ultrasounds are not that accurate and I only have the one spot.

April 14/03-Home- I have an MRI to the head done, results say the spot behind my left eye has not grown any since January. What spot behind my eye? this is the first I've heard about it.

April28/03-London- My Oncologist explains to Kelly and I that the spot on the original scan done in December after the seizure was mistaken for a blood vessel, but on the MRI in January it had shown growth. The spot was zapped during radiation and has not grown any since. I was told that chemo should take care of it too. I was also informed that it can come alive again and needs to be monitored. It is operable if need be.

May 7/03-London- I have a follow up appt with my radiation Dr. He says I am doing and looking good. He explains that once the head is radiated they really don't like to do it again, but they can radiate the one spot.

June 5/03-Home- My chemo Dr. has just returned home from a conference in Chicago and the top chemo specialist there said that 4 treatment sessions are just as effective as 6 when it comes to lung cancer (which was my primary cancer). So June 12 will be my last treatment ....... yahoo!

I have an MRI for my head booked for July16 and I will need to book an abdominal cat scan. I will also have to get my ears done too. And with fingers crossed I'm hoping to hear the words "You are Cancer Free"

So my last year and a half has been a full plate for both me and my family and its not over yet. Do you know how many times I've been poked with needles during all this time, Kim the biggest whuss when it comes to needles. I feel like a human pin cushion. Do you know what its like to feel so run down, tired and exhausted for 6 months? I have a hard time wondering what feeling normal is, I have slept nearly half of it away. The feeling of not wanting to do anything and I mean nothing.

This is one of the things that smoking will do to you. Doesn't withdrawal for 3 days sound a whole lot better? Fighting a few craves or triggers is a whole lot easier that what I have been through this past year and a half. If I had only known years ago. Think about it, quitting is so much easier! Believe me, I know!



One year, two months, four weeks, two days, 7 hours, 49 minutes and 57 seconds.
And way too educated about my addiction to ever take another puff!
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February 10th, 2009, 10:26 pm #56

Title: Health Update of the Last 6 Months
Message 20 of 35 in Discussion
From: headbo (gold) Sent: 6/8/2003 11:25 PM


What a surprise to take a break from painting my bedroom and finding an update. I'm really happy that the chemo is over with and I hope you gave them cancer cells the kick in the butt they deserve. I honestly feel in my heart that everything is going to work out.

Keep fighting and show them who the boss is.

Kelly
Gold Club and late as usual
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February 10th, 2009, 10:29 pm #57

Title: So I asked the Dr...
From: kito40 - Gold
Sent: 9/8/2003 9:45 PM



So I asked the Dr...

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THIS HAIRDO????????


He said that my hair growth is showing the degrees of radiation I had. I had the most on the top of my head, a little less on the sides and that patch on the back of my head is where my head touched the headrest on the bed.

I thought you all might like to have a good laugh :)
Hope it grows in soon


Quit for 1 Year 6 Months 1 Day 8 Hours 55 Minutes 18 Seconds and way to educated about my addiction to ever take another puff.
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February 10th, 2009, 10:35 pm #58

Title: My Health
From: kito40 - Gold
Sent: 1/25/2004 11:29 AM

John contacted me yesterday after receiving an e-mail from a member wondering how I was doing.
Well all, I was put back on chemo Dec. 2 as the tumor on my adreanal gland has grown. I go once a week for treatment and then 3 weeks off, for about 5 - 6 times. I went for a bone scan last Friday and an MRI of my head is scheduled for tomorrow morning. I also have an ultrasound on Feb 6 to see if this round of chemo is working. I will see the specialists in London the first part of Feb.

To top things off I have terrible sciatic pain running down the back of my right leg which makes it hard to bend over or sit down. The only relief is to stand. My family Dr. gave me heavy duty pain killers, but it only dulls the pain.

After I get the results from all the tests I will post the results.


Thanks for all your continued concern about me and I'm sorry for being so tardy in keeping you all informed.


Keep up the great work everyone, don't end up like me.



Quit for 1 Year 10 Months 2 Weeks 3 Days 22 Hours 39 Minutes 8 Seconds and way to educated about my addiction to ever take another puff.



For those who don't know me, visit my webpage at
www.whyquit.com
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February 10th, 2009, 10:38 pm #59

Title: My Health
Message 18 of 32 in Discussion
From: headbo (gold) Sent: 1/26/2004 9:46 AM


Kim--

Don't worry about your MRI today. I'm positive the scan will show that your head is "empty". Just keep on fighting and never give up.

Freedom Friends --

I know I don't post much, but I do lurk an awful lot. Welcome newcomers and congratulations to everyone celebrating their milestones.

It's hard to believe it has been almost 2 years that I've been smoke free. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Kelly

I have chosen not to smoke for 1 Year 10 Months 2 Weeks 4 Days 12 Hours 38 Minutes 3 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 13790. Money saved: C$3,792.40.
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February 10th, 2009, 10:41 pm #60

Message 19 of 32 in Discussion
From: headbo (gold) Sent: 1/26/2004 9:58 AM

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February 10th, 2009, 10:42 pm #61

Message 24 of 32 in Discussion
From: kito40 - Gold Sent: 1/26/2004 3:21 PM

Oh, you guys have brought tears to my eyes again with all your kind words and prayers. I am so fortunate to have two great families, my own wonderful family as well as my Freedom family.
I never dreamed when John asked me to post my story, that I would touch so many people.
Joel is right when he quotes me as saying "I wish I was going through withdrawal instead of this", believe me, withdrawal is an easier fight. At least it comes to the point where you can forget about. Take care everyone, I will be back with all the results. NTAP!, it's not worth it!

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February 10th, 2009, 10:45 pm #62

From: kito40 - Gold in response to Message 27 Sent: 2/13/2004 7:21 PM

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
I'm totally in Love with my Quit which is coming up "2" years!
Quit for 1 Year 11 Months 6 Days 6 Hours 34 Minutes 17 Seconds and way to educated about my addiction to ever take another puff.
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February 10th, 2009, 11:00 pm #63

Title: Two year twin tribute parade - triffic !
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From: headbo (gold) Sent: 3/7/2004 8:27 PM


Thanks for the parade Richard. It is an honour to have a parade dedicated to us.

Quitting smoking was the biggest accomplishment I have ever done in my life and today it is hard to believe that I actually smoked.

Free and loving it!

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February 10th, 2009, 11:02 pm #64

Title: Two year twin tribute parade - triffic !
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From: kito40 - Gold Sent: 3/8/2004 12:49 PM
Thank-you Richard for the Parade!
Hard to believe its been 2 years already. I don't even think of smoking anymore, definately a thing of the past. My health is too important at this time and the next step is up in the air. Chemo, radiation, surgery or oxygen theraphy, maybe all of them. I have 2 brain tumors and a tumor on the adrenal gland. All of these tumors originally spread from the lung cancer I had.

Believe me everyone, withdrawal was and is so much easier than this 2 year cancer battle I have been fighting. The craves disappeared, the cancer hasn't.

2 Years
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February 10th, 2009, 11:05 pm #65

Title: My sister Kim
From: headbo (gold)
Sent: 6/23/2004 11:49 PM



This is a most difficult post, but I thought I should let you know that my big sister and best friend, Kim, passed away this morning, June 23rd, 2004 at age 46. As most of you know, she was diagnosed with lung cancer on March 7th, 2002 and fought the biggest battle of her life.

Kim had another brain tumor that was causing her problems with balance, memory and confusion. Because she did so well with the last surgery, the same doctor removed it on June 16th, but only this time she suffered a stroke and never recovered. Kim had a strong heart and lived for one week although she was unresponsive.

Kim suffered a great deal the last 6 months of her life. She had severe pain because of another tumor on her adrenal gland, but never complained because she would never want to burden anyone. I know she suffered much in silence and the last thing she wanted was for anyone to fuss or worry about her.

Kim's pain is over now, but her family's has just begun. A pain that I hope none of you ever have to experience. Trust me when I say that quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for yourself.

My life has been forever changed.

Kelly

I have chosen not to smoke for 2 Years 3 Months 2 Weeks 2 Days 1 Hour 45 Minutes 7 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 16781. Money saved: C$4,614.90.
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