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Cancer Sucks so I will try again

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  1. ronhalcro
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    25 Oct 2018
    25 Oct 2018
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      I am back. I tried earlier this year. I got sick and ended up with a cancer diagnosis ( prostate). We are awaiting further test results and it has been very emotionally trying. As the Dr was doing the colon biopsy, he was also reaming out my mind because i still smoked. I have nodes on the lungs, and a few other things they are checking. Cancercare MB has a quit smoking program and i have a 300.00 quit card from the mb govt for nicotine replacement stuff. i have my gum some patches and will give it another sot. Winning 500.00 would be awesome too.
  2. merline, quit coach
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    89 posts
    12 Sep 2018
    25 Oct 2018 in reply to ronhalcro
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    Hi ronhalcro,

    I’m glad to hear that you are going to give quitting a try again despite the fact it has been very emotionally trying.  I'm really sorry to hear about your cancer.

    It's a good idea quitting with the gum and the patches because research show that the nicotine replacement therapies can double the chance of success for someone who smokes 10 or more cigarettes per day. It is also important to find different ways to cope with your cravings.

    Here are some strategies that some smokers will try in order to cope with cravings

    4 D’s:
    Delay – Most cravings will pass in a few minutes. Just wait it out.
    Distract – Take your mind off smoking by getting involved in an activity or thinking of something else to do. eg. Taking a walk, brushing your teeth, listening to music.
    Deep breathing – Breathe in slowly and deeply and then breathe out. Repeat.
    Drink water – Take a sip of water and hold it in your mouth for a while before swallowing.

    Structure your day. 
    Create a plan to stay busy. Try to get out of the house whenever you can.

    Do things with other people. 
    Having regular contact with other people can help. Try to connect with people regularly, whether it’s in person, over the phone, or via text message.

    Join us in the Smokers’ Helpline Online community and let us know how you’re handling your habits, or call us at 1-877-513-5333 for more support and strategies.

    Don't give up trying until you quit!
    Last modified on 25 Oct 2018 19:34 by merline, quit coach
  3. brieffree
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    1407 posts
    28 Nov 2017
    26 Oct 2018
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    Sorry to hear that, and congrats to quit for good!
    I am sure you will be feeling much better in all aspects!

    You are not alone, we are here to support you every step!

    Just go for it!
  4. eagerquit
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    410 posts
    07 Mar 2018
    26 Oct 2018
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    Hi Ronhalcro,

    I am sorry to hear about your illness and very glad to hear you are determined to quit for good. Spend some time reading the posts here for guidance on your journey. I wish you every success.

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