Posts in category "Smoking"

If you want to get bladder cancer, I recommend smoking

If you want to get bladder cancer, I recommend smoking
I’ve written before about my torrid affair with smoking, about lying to my doctors for most of my life about smoking, and about the shame associated with contracting a “smoker’s” cancer. I smoked my last cigarette on August 27th of 2012. I didn’t know it was my last cigarette, but I haven’t smoked since being... Read more »

Nonsmokers, lung cancer deserves your awareness and support

Nonsmokers, lung cancer deserves your awareness and support
As the pink glow that illuminates this nation in October fades, let me ask you this. What cancer kills more women each year? Breast cancer or lung cancer? (See this report for more details.) Since 1987, lung cancer has killed more women than breast cancer every year. In fact, 90% of people diagnosed with breast... Read more »

Cancer survivors still smoke and that doesn't really surprise me

Cancer survivors still smoke and that doesn't really surprise me
The night before I went to the ER and was admitted to the hospital, where I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, I smoked my last cigarettes. That was more than two years ago. During the first year, the thought of smoking was far from my mind. I had always loved the smell of a freshly... Read more »
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Sucking It Up: Three Ways to Prevent Cancer

Sucking It Up: Three Ways to Prevent Cancer
Last night I told my cancer support group that I smoked before I was diagnosed with cancer. It’s hard to look into the eyes of people, some of whom are very sick, all of whom have suffered more than I have, most of whom have never smoked and talk to them about smoking. It’s been... Read more »

Talking with my doctor about smoking

Talking with my doctor about smoking
I just got back from a trip to Anchorage, Alaska, where I lived for 14 years. Though Alaska is full of places to see, opportunities for hiking and driving and camping, I concentrated my time and attention on people. Most every meal was spent with friends. I spent a weekend with my book group, had... Read more »

Why did I get cancer when there are so many others more deserving?

Among the most common comments that I hear from people who have been diagnosed with cancer is, “Why me?” One of the most common comments I heard in the hospital as I was being diagnosed with cancer was, “Why you?” Well, the docs didn’t actually ask, “Why you?” What they really asked was, “Do you... Read more »
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