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Subconsciously Triggered Crave EpisodeorConsciously Fixating on a "Thought"?True or False - the urge you now feel will end whether you feed it or not? Although almost always small - unless you waited too long between feedings - you were threatened by urges each and every day of your entire smoking life. Two choices but which in the end which promises lasting comfort and a healthy life, and which promises to immediately, again, begin the destruction of your body's ability to receive and transport life giving oxygen?
Which is easier, a temporary period of adjustment that with each passing day witnesses fewer and fewer thoughts of "wanting" or permanent chemical captivity to nicotine's two hour chemical half-life in the human body? Which is smarter?
Unless you are fixating upon a "thought" of smoking - as you would with your favorite food, person or place - the crave episode you are feeling now will not last longer than three minutes but be sure and look at a clock as science tells us that time distortion and longer minutes is part of the dependency recovery process. If you are fixating upon a "thought," fixate even harder but immediately begin viewing the "thought" in honest light.
Self honesty is important. Is the concept of "just one" an honest thought for any true chemical slave? Then why picture just one? Instead try to calculate and picture the number of cigarettes you've smoked so far in your life while playing the "just one more pack" mind game. Picture them all there with you now. What does throwing all your hard work away and having that "one" powerful puff really mean? Do you have enought time remaining to again fill the room with as many cigarettes as you've smoked before serious bad news arrives? I don't know. What I do know is that the next few minutes are 100% doable!
You're going home! Remember, each and everyone of us faced our own biggest challenge. Whichever challenge in the end proves to have been your greatest will someday soon be looked back upon with a smile and pride! There's only one rule - no nicotine today!Breathe deep, hug hard, live long! John
Wed. Aug. 13, 2003
VANCOUVER - Just 14 per cent of lung cancer patients on this continent survive for five years and if those odds aren't bad enough, patients also face the perception they have no one to blame but themselves, according to experts attending a Vancouver conference.
The strong association between lung cancer and smoking (up to 90 per cent of lung cancers are caused by current or former smoking plus secondhand exposure) means patients are stigmatized, speakers told delegates at a session of the 10th World Conference on Lung Cancer.
Even though lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, the lack of compassion being afforded such patients is contributing to its low profile in the media, its low level of funding relative to other cancers and even its marginal treatment success rates, said Lynne Robertson, a patient advocate from the United Kingdom.
The fact that lung cancer garners little sympathy stems also from the fact that patients are too demoralized and too sick to put a human face on the suffering of the disease. Some die within months of being diagnosed.
"Because outcomes of treatment are relatively poor, there are few survivors and as such, few patient advocates raising lung cancer awareness and ensuring optimal treatment and support for sufferers," said Robertson.
Dr. Paul Bunn, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center in Denver, said patient advocacy has to increase so that new therapies can be researched and developed.
Despite the fact that lung cancer claims more lives than cancers of the breast, prostate and colorectal combined, it is those cancers that generate the most research funding and public attention.
In 2000, the U.S. National Cancer Institute estimated it awarded research funding of only $1,200 per lung cancer death, compared to $11,400 for breast cancer and $8,000 for prostate cancer.
Carolyn Aldige, of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, based in Virginia, said the low priority accorded lung cancer means that treatment is "sub-optimal and there is a paucity of support services."
Indeed, a recent study to which the speakers referred found that of 600 stories on cancer in the U.S. print and broadcast media, 73 per cent detailed the personal stories of breast cancer patients and the remainder were about prostate and colorectal patients.
Dr. Diane Blum, a New York Cancer Care delegate, said the 10 per cent of lung cancer patients who have never smoked are particularly affected by the `victim blaming' and have a hard time coping when confronted by "public indifference and judgmental attitudes."
She said such prejudicial attitudes can create a vicious cycle in which people with suspicious symptoms fail to seek medical attention promptly. (Symptoms of lung cancer may include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, spit that contains blood and chest pain.)
But Robertson said research shows lung cancer can be beaten if diagnosed at the very earliest stages of disease, which means that those at risk of developing cancer should be screened.
Robertson said the Roy Castle Lung Foundation, with which she is involved, believes public understanding of the disease could be increased by publicizing the stories of patients who survive, while being careful not to raise false hope.
Dr. Nevin Murray, chair of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and a researcher at the B.C. Cancer Agency, which is one of the co-hosts of the conference, said patient advocacy can have an enormous impact on treatment and care and that is why conference organizers invited patient advocates such as the Global Lung Cancer coalition and others to the conference, which in the past has just included scientists and health professionals.
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From: John (Gold)
|Sent: 12/7/2004 8:53 AM|
What Urge Thoughts are Troubling You?An urge to smoke reflects a golden opportunity to correct any rationalizations, minimizations and blame transference bubbling up around it. It's a chance to heal thinking. If you are troubled by a lingering thought, or find yourself challenged by some romantic dependency fixation, tell us about it and let us help you sort through it. It's why we're here. Troubled or not there's still only one rule, no nicotine today!
John (Gold x7)