Ok, I hate to admit this but I too am still a smoker. And I was diagnosed 3 months ago today, have already been through rads and know all the risks of smoking while on tamoxifen. Thankfully I haven't been given that yet. But I have a follow up appt with my onc. next wednesday and keep thinking he will give it to me then. And I will have to be honest with him and tell him if I haven't quit by then. UGH! It is SO embarassing to have ANYONE know I'm still smoking after having cancer! I can only imagine what they are thinking, and it makes me feel so vile.
DH and I took Wellbutrin about 2 months ago and it worked so well for me. I quit no problem for over a week. Then we had a very big issue with his son, he broke down and bought a pack so I did too. Now we have had to get off the med. so we could start all over again. We started taking it again Monday and hope to be done with the nasty habit soon.
I'm 41 and have smoked for about 23 to 24 years! I've hated this monkey on my back for a LONG time. So good luck to you on your new life as a non-smoker! And wish me luck too, I'll need it.
Hugs and prayers for success!
I pray you stop eating, but better to be heavy then smoke and be skinny. Yes the price alone should be enough. But after 23 years of smoking it is going to be hard. I will do the best I can and really try, I have been doing good on the patch till I get home, but I hope when I get the treadmill back that will stop.
We can do this together! I have wanted to quit for a very long time but have just been too lazy. Now the proper motivation is there. You just never think anything like this can happen to you. And low and behold you get that dx and feel so vulnerable. I think being a smoker has made me feel like I contributed to this. And I don't ever want to feel like that again. DH and I have set next weekend as it, June 3 is our last day of smoking. We did that because the Wellbutrin (Zyban) is supposed to take 2 weeks to get into your system and have the right effect. In the meantime we are cutting back each day. It worked for me the last time, I just can't allow myself to get upset and give in to temptation. If something goes awry (and it usually does where DH's ex is concerned ((custody issues)) I will just go for a walk (the new cure!) or head out into the yard to do some gardening.
As for my diagnosis I was stage I, invasive lobular carcinoma, ER+, PR+, her2neu- with no lymph node involvement. tumor was 1.6cm. and I had a partial mast. with 7 weeks of rads. No chemo as I had the Oncotype DX test and scored a very low 3. Go back for first visit since rads next Wednesday.
I'd love it if we e-mailed each other to keep up our strength and support. We will do this! We are stronger than the addiction!
Loving and supportive hugs (((((((Randi))))))),
My stop date is Monday the 30th. going back on the Patch. On tuesday I will find out what my chemo cocktail will be. I meet the doc at 8:30am and will probably schedule the first treatment for the following week. Don't think smoking contributed to the dx, it could be anything, not just the smoking.
Lets help each other out and get this MONKEY off our back.
ok, I have been ashamed to admit I also smoked for 15 yrs.Quitting has been very hard, and I have fallen off the wagon here, and there.The longer I go the better it gets.I'am surrounded by smokers (including DH) so I have asked them to not smoke around me.So far, I have depended on my own will power.I quit the middle of april, and it's still hard.I think Im craving stress relief more than the cigarette now.I would like to suggest hypnosis if anyone's interested. I quit that way 3 yrs. ago, and started again last year.Honestly though, I really did feel like I had great success with hypnosis.Randi-its amazing where you can find those butt's isn't it?LOL.I still get tempted to go out in hubby's garage and search every morning.Well, I want to wish both of you luck. Mia-its nice hubby is willing to quit with you.