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Again, "Thank you" from the bottom of our 's. Your love , support , friendship and prayers
means the world to us.
Had a little bit of a change since the good news post. Mike has had a bit of a set
back.. He has had an upset stomach and mental confusion. The doc ordered a brain scan which was done on June9th. We don't have the results yet.
Why am I reporting this? I am reporting this because when a person develops lung cancer, it can also spread to the brain. If you've read Kim's
story , you will know what I mean. We pray that hasn't happened and there's reason to believe it may be some new meds causing the problem,
but..... we just want you to know that by quitting smoking you may well be saving yourself and your loved ones from having to go through something that is
a lot harder to live with than withdrawl and cravings. I will let all of you know what the test results are when we learn them . In the meantime, cherish
your decision to never take another puff.
Jun 12 05 12:41 PM
Jun 12 05 3:06 PM
Sorry to hear about Mike's setback. It has to indeed be frightening to you and Mike whenever he experiences any kind of symptom, never knowing
whether he is just having a minor reaction to a medication, a totally unrelated condition, or a symptom of something much more ominous.
Again, it illustrates the point that people who continue to smoke because they are afraid of what life would be like without cigarettes are very
misdirected in their thinking. It is like people who won't quit because they are afraid of the withdrawals from quitting. I think Mike would agree that any
discomfort that he may have suffered from quitting pales in comparison to the pain he has suffered from a disease that most likely occurred from not quitting
soon enough. It is also likely that fears he has now associated with the cancer greatly outweigh any fears he may have had as a smoker about the suffering and
risks that quitting might cause.
As I said to Kim and others, I have known people who have survived lung cancer and went on to live decades. Even these survivors suffered long bouts
of anxiety every time a new ache or pain was experienced and endured many terrible side effects in the early phases of their treatment. No smoker should hear
of these survivors and ever think that it makes the use of cigarettes seem a little more acceptable or quitting a little less important because even if they
get cancer maybe they will beat it too. While the person might be correct in his or her assumption that he or she may survive the disease, the pains and the
anxiety that the disease can cause to the individual and to all of his or her loved ones is still something that he or she must take into
Let Mike know that our thoughts and prayers are with him. Also let him know that we appreciate his willingness to have his story shared for it is
very likely helping others to realize the very serious nature of what our members and readers are trying to accomplish while here at Freedom. It is likely that
his story is now helping many of our readers here to minimize the risks of putting themselves or their families through this kind of ordeal by reinforcing the
importance of their sticking to their personal commitment to never take another puff.
Jun 13 05 4:06 AM
thank you Joel
Jun 20 05 12:42 AM
On June 11th I wrote about a setback with Mike. Since then things got much worse. On
June 15th he was put in the hospital again due to extreme mental confusion. An MRI was done and many other tests. There are no brain tumors, but there is
chemical imbalance. The doctor calls it Metabolic Encephalopathy which has probably been brought on by steroids and other drugs Mike has had. He is out
of the hospital now and on a new medication , in hopes he will improve. We don't know if this will work or not. Time will tell. I'm really a bit
drained right now, but I wanted to update and again thank all of you for your kind support and prayers.
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