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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/18/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Holiday greetings to everyone!  My little sister in England (I posted about her back in the spring/summer) is battling an infection in her breast.  She had radiation treatment in May/June and had severe burns and chafing.  She was put on antibiotics in August when they initially diagnosed the infection, but the swelling and soreness hasn't gone away, so the specialist put her back onto them again yesterday and said to come back in three months.
Has anyone else dealt with this? 
My concerns are many: she is not getting enough R&R as she is out almost every night partying; she works full-time; she is guiding another good friend through chemo right now, going to all her treatments with her: plus she is a very heavy smoker, at least two packs a day; she has smoked since she was 12.  Am I right in thinking that smoking interferes with the healing process?  Not to mention all the other health concerns, of course, although her specialist told her there is no proven link between smoking and breast cancer - he was more concerned about her alcohol intake.  She was drinking a bottle of white wine every night and he told her to cut down to two drinks per week. 
I am seeing her in January when we are going on vacation to lie under a palm tree for a week.  I know she will rest then!  But for now my questions are: what do you say to a stubborn 44-year old woman which might actually help, and what should we expect with the infection?  Many thanks.

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   Posted 12/19/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
You have really hit the nail on the head about her healing problems. Smoking is a real problem, especially in the quantity you describe. And all that alcohol ???? Absolutely rest and good healthy food are important to healing, also. As to the link between breast cancer and smoking, I quit the day I got my diagnosis. Why in the world would I even jeopardize any part of my body with cigarettes when they are a proven cancer factor, even if no one has found a link to breast cancer. Breast cancer is related to other cancers which are related to smoking, so how would you know?

Happy holidays to you, too. I saw a Scrabble puzzle book on Amazon that looks like fun. Have you ever tried one?

Hugs MK

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   Posted 1/12/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Good grief! Does your sister have a death wish? She needs to quit smoking and get a handle on her drinking problem now. I know it will be difficult, but so are all the problems associated with smoking and alcohol addiction. I hope you can sit her down and have a heart-to-heart and tell her she needs to take care of herself first and others later. What do you say to a stubborn 44-year-old who will not take care of herself? Ask her if she has a will prepared and where she wants to be buried. And, do it with a straight face. I hope you can scare the he** out of her. She is on a destructive path. Just my 2 cents. Lauri (dxed 4/11/96)
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