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    I'm still getting accustomed to having lung cancer. For those that have it, do people always look at you like you have the plague?

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      BoiseB

      The kind of cancer I have is associated with drinking alchohol. I have had people ask me where did I go for the cure, and when I told them about the innovative surgery, they said no how did you get over your alchoholism.

      5 days ago
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      banditwalker

      I think any cancer/disease is sometimes met with, it must have been something you did wrong.

      5 days ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      I was at the crematorium with my daughter-in-law the other day. I was late for the appointment because, try as they did, the cancer clinic couldn't get me finished with my treatment fast enough.

      I mentioned being at the doctor and how had they had tried to expedite everything. The funeral director asked what was wrong with me.

      I told him I had lung cancer. "Oh," he said. "A smoker."

      I told him that I don't smoke (now) and that it was wrong to jump to those conclusions and even worse to voice them. He changed his tune and began talking about how many clients (??? What is a person who is cremated called?) were young and nonsmokers when they passed from lung cancer.

      So, if he knows that, why would he voice an assumption about my cancer. What would have been wrong with a simple, "I am sorry."

      The stigma is horrible. And not getting any better and is killing people because (1) doctors buy into the stigma and misdiagnose, (2) there is not enough funding for better research, (3) there isn't the needed awareness among the general population so they feel safe from the number one cancer killer because they didn't smoke.

      3 days ago
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    I am about fed up with the "how much did you smoke" statement.

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      LT43

      I just finished watching Stand up for Cancer that aired in Sept to ask for donations for cancer research. In that hour long program asking for donations. There was never a mention of Lung Cancer! Why I asked myself and the answer was....there is no cure and very few are looking for a cure!! Very few $$ going to research for a cure for lung cancer.
      I am going into my 4 th year with stage 4 lung cancer. I had Chemo, immune therapy, radiation, and targeted therapy. None of these have kept my cancer at bay for very long. The only thing I have been offered is to go back on Chemo.
      I am kind of angry, there are many people who have lung cancer that have never smoked. Why is lung cancer such a stigma???

      6 days ago
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      Shoeless

      I worked in a steel mill for 46 1/2 yrs, which is a dirty environment to start with, but then I worked on the pickle line (an acid process) for 10 of those yrs. The acid fumes were so bad on some days that my sinuses and throat would burn. We were told that it wasn't a problem ~ that there were no health risks involved because it was sulphuric acid, which is already being produced by the body anyway, right? Never mind the fact that it causes ulcers. They later installed better fume collection systems which solved the problem, but still said those of us who developed lung cancer weren't affected by those fumes we breathed. Yeah, when people learn that I am a lung cancer survivor I will inevitably hear the smoking question.

      6 days ago
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      Jaxun1

      I never smoked, but I will never judge. My wife is stage IV (metastasized) and she never did. I will support ANY ONE on this site who smoked or didn't. You hold an important value to all of us!! Your tenacity to continue fighting even when you feel like there's no support, is incredible! Please keep the faith!

      1 day ago
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