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Today is 19 years since my Grandpa died from Lung Cancer

post #1 of 11
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I was very close to him and we had always wanted a Bay Area World Series.
He was 86 when he died and had alot of heath problems for over 50 years.
He had stoped smoking when he was around 40 but he still got Lung Cancer.
The day before he died I was thinking of him and bashed my eye on the Door Knob and had a black eye.
post #2 of 11
An odd story, perhaps...

I had a friend who was a doctor, and he had gone through medical school in the late 1930's, I guess. Old guy, no longer practicing when I knew him.

He said when he was an intern, the resident called him over.

"I want to show you a very unusual case," the resident said. "You probably won't see two or three more of these in your lifetime."

He took him in a ward and showed him a guy dying of lung cancer. Yes, it's always been around, believe it or not.

Now, as I said, this was before WWII. During WWII, smoking went way up, not in the least because cigarette companies were giving away free cigarettes to the soldiers.

So, I'm looking at the dates, and I can't tell for sure if your grandfather got to see his Bay Area World Series. It looks like he might have died the previous year?
post #3 of 11
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I am sure its been around for years.
My Moms breast cancer went to her lungs.
post #4 of 11
It's still sad after all these years.
post #5 of 11
My grandmother had bowel cancer 18 years later breast cancer 2 years after that she had lung cancer. She wasn't a smoker.

My mothers grandmother was a heavy drinker and smoker, she passed away in her sleep at 80 no cancer nothing what so ever.

Its sad
post #6 of 11
I've never lost anyone really close to me, but I can imagine it still hurts even after 19 years.

I'm glad I don't smoke, though I know some people get lung cancer who never smoke.
post #7 of 11
I'm sorry for the loss of your grandfather. You always miss them.

The chemicals in smoke cause the cells in the lung to mutate or change. Depeding on the state of health of the person to begin with, the body can often cope with a some of the changes in the cells. In some people, the changes in the cell finally overwhelm the immune system's ability to kill them and a tumor starts. On average, it takes a million cells clumped together for a tumor to show up on X-rays or a scan. It can take years for the tumor to get big enough to see or big enough to cause symptoms.

I can't tell you the number of patients who sat in a chair, getting chemo, which oxygen going. We would have to stop the treatment, take off the oxygen and let them go outside for a smoke. Very sad.
post #8 of 11
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My friends Uncle had lung cancer. It came from his job.
post #9 of 11
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I can't tell you the number of patients who sat in a chair, getting chemo, which oxygen going. We would have to stop the treatment, take off the oxygen and let them go outside for a smoke. Very sad.
wow The power of addiction, I guess.

I suppose getting chemo is stressful and a cigarette helps...you'd think you'd be able to go without a cigarette at least while your getting the chemo medicine though.
post #10 of 11
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My friend has Asthma like me and was crying cause it was acting up and she gets a Cig after she takes her Inhaler. She also told the Dr to f@@@k Off. My Asthma is way worse then hers and I never cry when its bad. I almost died from it once and have never touched a Cig.
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My maternal grandfather died 18 years ago. I loved him very much. We lived far apart, but I used to write him a letter every month. FREQUENTLY I still find myself thinking, "I've got to write Grandpa a letter" - then realize he's no longer here to receive it. Sometimes I still write the letter anyway.



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