29 Nov 2017
23 Apr 2019
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I thought I would share something with you. I recently discovered that I have breast cancer. I had my first chemo treatment on Monday.
For those of you who don't know me, I quit smoking, with the help of this forum, at the end of December 2016, so I have been a non-smoker for over two years now. Thank goodness I quit when I did. If I had to go into the hospital asking for treatment while I reeked of cigarette smoke, I would be mortified. Truly. And to be honest, if I had gotten this diagnosis while I was still a smoker, I don't know if I would have been strong enough to quit. It was hard enough when I didn't have such a life altering problem.
In any event, having been a smoker for over 43 years, I know that it is hard to quit. But if you put your mind to it, and reach out for help, it is possible to break the habit. And you will be doing yourself a world of good.
Because I quit when I did, it will be a bit easier for me to go through chemo, the injections I have to give myself to boost my white blood count, the surgery, the radiation. I have a much better chance of beating this disease because I no longer smoke. I am so relieved that I quit, it's difficult to express. And I have so many people here who have helped me to achieve my goal.
So for those of you who are just starting your journey, know that it is extremely important to quit. And if you slip, no worries, just keep trying. Eventually you will make it stick. And for those who have quit for a longer period of time, be vigilant and stay strong, because as you probably already know, those cravings can sneak up on you unexpectedly, and you always have to be prepared to fight back.
This has already proven to be a very scary experience, and I am just starting out. Wish me luck, my friends. It's going to be a bumpy ride.