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Old Yesterday, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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You are lucky you are over 65 and probably can get drugs cheaply. I'm not yet 65 and I have an awful non-ACA compliant insurance plan that doesn't pay for any prescriptions so I'm happy I don't have COPD (that I know about).

I did quit smoking 13 years ago, I have to admit I miss it now and then. I am afraid I've done some lung damage, I have to get a chest x-ray soon for some unrelated surgery (surgery and x-ray will be on my own dime) and I'm terrified of getting the x-ray!

I'm 50% retired so I still answered.
I felt the same way! I had an attempted thyroidectomy a few years ago (they couldn't remove the thyroid once they got in and saw what was in my neck) but since I'd been under general anesthesia, they came in two or three times with the portable chest X-ray machine, and I thought "uh-oh". But there was nothing.

I know I can't relax and think I escaped just because I quit, though. I remember a few years back seeing Leonard Nimoy in his wheelchair at 83 with COPD, and he said he quit at 53 but it still caught up to him. I quit at 53, also.

I won't have any right to complain.
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Old Yesterday, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I thank my lucky stars all the time that my parents NEVER smoked as I believe that's where it all starts with the children picking up a cig, monkey see, monkey do.

I feel a sadness that my grandkids dad didn't see them graduate and go on to college as they have, he was gone at 55 due to smoking from a very young age, his parents did and did 4 of the 5 boys in the family.
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Old Yesterday, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I thank my lucky stars all the time that my parents NEVER smoked as I believe that's where it all starts with the children picking up a cig, monkey see, monkey do.

I feel a sadness that my grandkids dad didn't see them graduate and go on to college as they have, he was gone at 55 due to smoking from a very young age, his parents did and did 4 of the 5 boys in the family.
Rubbish. Neither of my parents ever smoked in their lives, and yet six of their seven children did.

Only two still do.
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Old Yesterday, 11:44 AM
 
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Rubbish. Neither of my parents ever smoked in their lives, and yet six of their seven children did.

Only two still do.
Not rubbish, my observations...thanks. Of the 5 boys in my son in law's family 4 have ended up with cancers, two are still going thru treatments and hanging on.
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Old Yesterday, 12:03 PM
 
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Not rubbish, my observations...thanks. Of the 5 boys in my son in law's family 4 have ended up with cancers, two are still going thru treatments and hanging on.
Wow, that must be a record... 4 of 5 boys with lung cancer!

I have a friend that was diagnosed with lung cancer about 5 years ago, she went through some experimental drug study and is actually in remission right now. She has great insurance and this cost the insurance company a lot of money, something I could not afford if I had to get this drug due to my awful insurance. The horrible thing is, she smoked through the drug treatment and she is still smoking.
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Old Yesterday, 12:06 PM
 
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I felt the same way! I had an attempted thyroidectomy a few years ago (they couldn't remove the thyroid once they got in and saw what was in my neck) but since I'd been under general anesthesia, they came in two or three times with the portable chest X-ray machine, and I thought "uh-oh". But there was nothing.

I know I can't relax and think I escaped just because I quit, though. I remember a few years back seeing Leonard Nimoy in his wheelchair at 83 with COPD, and he said he quit at 53 but it still caught up to him. I quit at 53, also.

I won't have any right to complain.
I had a chest x-ray at my request when I quit smoking and it showed nothing. It might have been too early to see anything.

My mother died from COPD, not a pleasant way to go.

Congrats, MQ, I'll say a prayer that we both have no long term damage!
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Old Yesterday, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Not rubbish, my observations...thanks. Of the 5 boys in my son in law's family 4 have ended up with cancers, two are still going thru treatments and hanging on.
I know it's your observations, but I'm telling you it's not accurate. Plenty of people smoked whose parents never did.

But that is a shame about your family members. Are they smoking-related cancers?
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Old Yesterday, 12:15 PM
 
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I had a chest x-ray at my request when I quit smoking and it showed nothing. It might have been too early to see anything.

My mother died from COPD, not a pleasant way to go.

Congrats, MQ, I'll say a prayer that we both have no long term damage!
You know, when I went to the quit-smoking guy (he was a chiropractor who does auricular therapy) he said people fear lung cancer, but by far the bigger health issue resulting from smoking is heart disease.

That hit home to me, because while no one in my family has had cancer except for a grandfather who was a plumber from the 1920s to the 1960s and therefore whose cancer, I believe, was asbestos-related, most people die of heart attacks.
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Old Yesterday, 12:26 PM
 
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So you're against asking people to stay on topic?


no, I'm against trying to control the conversation.
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Old Yesterday, 12:41 PM
 
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You know, when I went to the quit-smoking guy (he was a chiropractor who does auricular therapy) he said people fear lung cancer, but by far the bigger health issue resulting from smoking is heart disease.
Oh great, I have to get an EKG prior to the surgery too!
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