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Old 12-07-2009, 11:06 AM   #441
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Dangermouse: just read Alanīs last post about his parents.
Donīt misunderstand me, I am not proud of my attitude. There are many smokers like me that canīt abide the idea of not smoking anymore without some sort of permanent hypnotical remedy that erases oneīs entire life as a smoker. The solution would be something like waking up one morning as if one had never smoked in his whole life...
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:27 PM   #442
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Vincente stated

"Donīt misunderstand me, I am not proud of my attitude. There are many smokers like me that canīt abide the idea of not smoking anymore without some sort of permanent hypnotical remedy that erases oneīs entire life as a smoker. The solution would be something like waking up one morning as if one had never smoked in his whole life...

I did not wish for this to become an anti smoking campainge. I smoked for years and can not stand atop a soap box and preach against smoking[/-]. I always felt that If I quit at 40, 45, 50 I could have my cake and eat it too. I was in good shape. I ran marathons, literally 26.2 miles. I would walk up to the starting line and light a cigarette, joking that I needed a sponsor for my running shoes, a cigarette company. I toyed with the idea of writing them a letter but thought better because of my kids. People would dispearse and were appalled. I laughed as I beat them to the finish line. My Doctor asked me to sign my medical chart five years ago that I would promise to quit smoking as he wrote me a script for Zyban. He took my cigarettes in his office and threw them away. I signed the promise, went out to my car and openned up another pack. I was smarter than he was.

I merely want people to know that smoking and drinking combined can cause oral cancer. This isn't printed on the pack. It's a rare cancer and you will probably never get it. It affects 4% of the US population. Lung cancer we all know about already. Oral cancer is on the rise. If you have children that are not sexually active also be aware that HPV 16 and 18 can cause oral cancer as well as cervical cancer and there are vacinations available for them for both girls and boys. I asked my doctor what the downside of being vaccinated was for adults and he said "None" other than cost. You have nothing to lose.

You cannot erase past behavior. If you smoked it has harmed you. There is no magical vacine. I'll always wonder if I had listened to my doctor five years ago when I signed that chart if I would be in this predicament today? All I know is that having that option today I would have quit because of what I know now. It's an individual choice. I personally think that at most of our ages we benefit by quitting. We have enough years possibly left to diminish some of the damage. Between 85 and 100 all bets are off, I may start again along with boozing, carousing and whatever else my oxogen permits.

I really just came on to say that my pathology is back and it's all negative. This includes the initial primary site as well as the nine lymph nodes removed. It would appear that I may not have needed the surgery? I don't ever want to know the answer to that. One microscopic cell in those nodes undetectable by pathologhy would have been enough! Now we wait to February for the next scans and see if we missed anything?
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I really just came on to say that my pathology is back and it's all negative. This includes the initial primary site as well as the nine lymph nodes removed. It would appear that I may not have needed the surgery? I don't ever want to know the answer to that. One microscopic cell in those nodes undetectable by pathologhy would have been enough! Now we wait to February for the next scans and see if we missed anything?
Don't ya know I had to bring these guys out of hiding...

You have had the surgery...it is behind you now...and you KNOW everything is ok. It's a time for celebration!

Oh...one more smilie...and you know why I am posting it....

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I really just came on to say that my pathology is back and it's all negative. This includes the initial primary site as well as the nine lymph nodes removed.
Now THIS is a reason to cheer!! I suspect that you are going to have a very merry Christmas.
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I really just came on to say that my pathology is back and it's all negative. This includes the initial primary site as well as the nine lymph nodes removed. It would appear that I may not have needed the surgery? I don't ever want to know the answer to that. One microscopic cell in those nodes undetectable by pathologhy would have been enough! Now we wait to February for the next scans and see if we missed anything?
That is great news...sure should make the holiday season a bit more enjoyable Enjoy and relax a bit...TomCat
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Well gosh dang it all, Ratty, if that's not the best post about your pathology! I can't even imagine how light your heart feels today. And your family! So happy to read your news.
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Congratulations on the excellent pathology report. You can second guess as to whether or not you should have had the surgery, however going forward you are not going to be wondering about what might be lurking, you know it is clear.
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RF,

Great news regarding the negative pathology reports. It sounds like Christmas came early to your house. I'm sure this Christmas season will be much more meaningful for you and your family.

Congratulations

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Even more good news - well done Ratty. And you never know, this thread of yours may even save a life or two
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I merely want people to know that smoking and drinking combined can cause oral cancer.

Either tobacco or ethanol alone are associated with oral cancer. When they are combined, the effect is synergistic.
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I am so glad to read your good news. Thanks for keeping us updated.
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Hey Ratface
I've been absent a lot lately. You may assess me a proper number of demerits so I have to stay after school every Friday. Just kidding.
I read all your posts and all I can say is Hallelujah! Nothing like a positive outcome to make your day.

So how does that sunrise look lately?
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Sunrise looking good

Hi All

Just want to thank all of you for your support this memorable year 2009. I will be the first in line to bring in 2010. Merry Christmas and peace to all of you over this holiday time. More importantly good health to you and yours.

I am healing very nicely. Some pain in the right shoulder from the moving of nerves during the operation. Mobility is good and I continue my exercises. The scar/incision site is completely healed. I had a scar in that same location from the previous surgeon doing a biopsy. My last surgeon used the same line extending the aforementioned scar. The only sign of incision left is the original incision for biopsy , apparently the level of expertise between the two surgeons is significant.

Looking forward to whatever I can eat, taste or swallow during the upcomming festivities. I'm down about 34 pounds since this started so I can afford a little indulgence. Indulge I shall!
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Splendid!
How about some Bacon?
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Wonderful!! Ratface, it sounds like a memorable and even delightful holiday season ahead, for you. I recommend turkey. Hopefully 2010 will be the best year ever.
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Great news, ratface!!!

Running marathons and finishing them while still smoking? You must have had the VO2 max of Lance Armstrong........

I ran 5 marathons, and finished all, and I can't imagine being able to do that as a smoker..........did you post some good times?
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I'm glad to hear you are healing nicely, however the thought of Zorro intrigued me.....

I think my Christmas will be a little sweeter knowing you are doing so well. Shoot, I just might indulge a little myself and celebrate with you!

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Hi Ratface,

I am new to this website and just found your thread. Very inspiring, how bravely you faced your challenge.

I was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma Stage 2B in 1986, Malignant melanoma Stage 1 in 1991 and last year 2 separate lesions of Basal Cell carcinoma. Have been through countless surgeries, 6 months of chemo, and 15 days of radiation.

One thing I can assure you is this: You will definitely have a greater appreciation for the little things in life as you move forward. And not let inconsequential things get you down.

A side benefit of the radiation - I didn't have to shave for 6 months, then when my beard grew in it was peach fuzz like an adolescent. 23 years later I have no sideburn on one side of my face.

Given my history I plan to take a large reduction in my pension when I retire so that my wife will have 100% survivor benefit. Likewise on her pension we will cut me out so that she gets a larger monthly benefit. Just being realistic not gloomy.

Anyway God bless you for making it through this, congrats on all the positive test results and take good care of yourself going forward!

Oh also I was a bit of a tightwad and now I find it easier to spend my money! Climbed Kilimanjaro this past February.

So I will be interested in 5 years from now how your outlook on life has changed for the better! Every cancer survivor I talk to (I go to Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philly) has told me that their life has improved because of their ordeal! Hard to believe now perhaps but trust me!
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