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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

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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 !
Message 3 of 25 in Discussion
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 !
Message 18 of 25 in Discussion
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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February 11th, 2009, 12:01 am #66

Title: My sister Kim
Message 69 of 117 in Discussion
From: headbo (gold)
Sent: 6/25/2004 12:13 AM

Your kindness has once again brought tears to my eyes. If I could only find the words to express how much your thoughtfulness means to me. Thank you seems so inadequate.

Kelly
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February 11th, 2009, 12:05 am #67

From: headbo (gold)       Sent: 11/20/2004 4:09 PM

I once had something precious

That money could not buy
I had a special sister
And had to say goodbye
The memories and the photos
Are all I have to touch
Of that very special sister
Who I loved and miss so much
And when I'm feeling lonely
And tears fill in my eyes
I think of her at peace
And know I shouldn't cry
I try to hide my heartache Kim
As you would want me to
So when I cry my tears alone
No one hears but you.

Miss ya lots,

Kelly

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February 11th, 2009, 12:07 am #68

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June 23rd, 2011, 4:56 am #69


Today marks the 7th anniversary of Kim's passing.
We miss you, Kim, and thank you for all you taught us!
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June 23rd, 2011, 9:35 pm #70

I have read Kim's story a number of times, and I found it today again, on the 7th anniversary of her death. My heart breaks for you, Kelly, for your beloved sister. Please know that your grief is shared by people far and wide who have been touched by the story of you and Kim on this site. I made the decision three weeks ago to stop smoking for good, joining my sister who gained her freedom from smoking a decade ago. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you mark this sad passing. May you find peace.   -Sylvia 
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January 4th, 2012, 8:32 pm #71

Lovely tribute Prucat. I read Kim's story too, looking at those pictures just breaks my heart to think of the actual pain she endured. Kelly, I hope you know that her story helped me so much. You are generous to share. My sister decided to quit before me. She used Chantix and smoked on another month while I went cold turkey. I am glad she remained off and we both are smoke free. We could be that story. I wish blessings happy memories to all of you who have loved and lost someone to a related illness.
Terri
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