Dad and Grandpa

2 weeks before Christmas my grandpa was diagnosed with lung and liver cancer. He is 75 years old and smoked his whole life until around 15 years ago. I was saddened by the news, but I realize it was his own making.

I drove home the Friday before Christmas to spend time with my family. Upon arriving home, I discovered my Dad (my grandpa's son) had bad back pain. We took him in to the emergency room that night and discovered an abnormality in his bone marrow. On Christmas Eve, he had a CT scan in which it was confirmed that he had a tumor in his spine. Upon a further full body scan last Wednesday, we were told he also has cancer. The origin was his lung. It has now spread into his spine, hip, lymph nodes, and knee. He is 51 years old and has never smoked a cigarette in his life. The doctors at Mayo today said that this form of cancer is almost always attributed to second hand smoke.

I realize that smoking is a personal choice, but it is one of the only unhealthy habits that I can think of that not only puts you at risk, but also puts others. If you smoke around your children, I urge you from the bottom of my heart to please quit exposing them. 

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 As a smoker I totally agree. 

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Sorry to hear this news. I pray the best for your family. I also fully endorse your pleading with smokers to not expose others. God bless you and yours.

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Sorry to hear that brady.  I also agree with your smoking stance.  My sister works in oncology and I can assure you it's a very tough profession

 

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I grew up in the same generation as your Dad. We didn't have a choice, but at that time our parents (your Grandpa) didn't know any better either. Your Dad taught you and now you are spreading the word. Keep it going BradyG!

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I grew up in the same generation as your Dad. We didn't have a choice, but at that time our parents (your Grandpa) didn't know any better either. Your Dad taught you and now you are spreading the word. Keep it going BradyG!

Yep I agree. I don't blame my Grandpa or Grandma because they did not know any better. With the knowledge we have to day, it is not excusable to expose kids to that. As adults, we have the decision to smoke, be around friends that smoke, go to bars that have smoke, etc, but kids just don't have the choice. The Doctors have told us that this form of lung cancer is unfortunately common in people your age group and this duration after that exposure. It wouldn't be a bad decision to get a check up. 

Brady

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I'm sorry to hear about your dad and grandad.  This post reminded me that I need to quit chewing :S

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Sorry to hear the bad news. 

 

 

 

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 That's terrible . Sorry for your bad news. Hope for the best . Ooofta , and at Christmas of all things . Sorry again. 

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Tough row to hoe!!  Sorry to hear of your families trials.  Prayers sent!!

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Sorry to hear that Brady. Hopefully things turn out better than expected.

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The Mantis Said:
I'm sorry to hear about your dad and grandad.  This post reminded me that I need to quit chewing :S

If you are serious about quitting chewing tobacco.  Here is what helped me it is called Smokey Mountain.  It is tobacco free chew made out of corn silk and clover.  There is no nicotine in it.  They have a bunch of different flavors.  I replaced copenhagen with this cold turkey and havent had a chew in three years.

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The Mantis Said:
I'm sorry to hear about your dad and grandad.  This post reminded me that I need to quit chewing :S

Sorry to hear this bradyg. Smoking/cancer got both of my grampas.

I did plenty of both, and chewing was 10x harder to quit. It gets those hooks in DEEP.

Finally kicked chewing for good about 4 years ago (no more occasional cheating and stopping for "just one can"). Still want a chew every single time I do field work or hunt/fish.
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bradyg Said:
2 weeks before Christmas my grandpa was diagnosed with lung and liver cancer. He is 75 years old and smoked his whole life until around 15 years ago. I was saddened by the news, but I realize it was his own making.

I drove home the Friday before Christmas to spend time with my family. Upon arriving home, I discovered my Dad (my grandpa's son) had bad back pain. We took him in to the emergency room that night and discovered an abnormality in his bone marrow. On Christmas Eve, he had a CT scan in which it was confirmed that he had a tumor in his spine. Upon a further full body scan last Wednesday, we were told he also has cancer. The origin was his lung. It has now spread into his spine, hip, lymph nodes, and knee. He is 51 years old and has never smoked a cigarette in his life. The doctors at Mayo today said that this form of cancer is almost always attributed to second hand smoke.

I realize that smoking is a personal choice, but it is one of the only unhealthy habits that I can think of that not only puts you at risk, but also puts others. If you smoke around your children, I urge you from the bottom of my heart to please quit exposing them. 

That's a tough one Brady, I will pray for your families health. It's good that you shared this maybe it will spur others to re-evaluate, and quit.

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Sorry to hear brady.

As a former smoker(over 8 years ago now), at one point in my 20 + years of the bad habit I was at 2 packs a day. I really dont think I was addicted to the actual nicotine as I could sometimes go an entire week without one. I was more in the habit of getting behind the wheel and killing time, or when the rest of the smokers went to have one joining them.

I quit when I was sitting in the lounge at the 7 seas in Mandan, bummed a smoke from some gal at the bar and 2 puffs into it just about puked, not sure what brand it was, but thank God for it as I havent had one since.

Only problem with it now I am eating instead of smoking and am now fat.

Anyway good luck to you and your family, hope everything works for the best.

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The Mantis Said:
I'm sorry to hear about your dad and grandad.  This post reminded me that I need to quit chewing :S

If you are serious about quitting chewing tobacco.  Here is what helped me it is called Smokey Mountain.  It is tobacco free chew made out of corn silk and clover.  There is no nicotine in it.  They have a bunch of different flavors.  I replaced copenhagen with this cold turkey and havent had a chew in three years.

Thanks for the tip.  I'm definitely serious about it,  I'll have to try that.  We also have a local company around here that makes alfalfa chew,  which is pretty good stuff but I have hay fever so chewing that bothers my allergies hahaha.

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walleyepike1976 Said:

The Mantis Said:
I'm sorry to hear about your dad and grandad.  This post reminded me that I need to quit chewing :S

If you are serious about quitting chewing tobacco.  Here is what helped me it is called Smokey Mountain.  It is tobacco free chew made out of corn silk and clover.  There is no nicotine in it.  They have a bunch of different flavors.  I replaced copenhagen with this cold turkey and havent had a chew in three years.

Thanks for the tip.  I'm definitely serious about it,  I'll have to try that.  We also have a local company around here that makes alfalfa chew,  which is pretty good stuff but I have hay fever so chewing that bothers my allergies hahaha.

Bought a can of it today at Wal Mart. Hopefully it will work. It was actually more than a can of my Copenhagen, but hey if it works I'm all for it. I tried that Bac-Off years ago and man was that horrible stuff..

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I credit this stuff 100% for allowing me to quit. It's made of tobacco, it "burns" yer lip a tad, and it feeds you nicotine.

But it's a major step down (no huge swings (or that good rush) in nicotine blood levels) and I slowly but surely quit using them.

Even when I did use a lot of them I didn't get white patches, burns, etc. so I knew the lip/gum tissues weren't so pissed off (pre-cancerous). I sure hope they still sell it cuz it helped me. Good luck!




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If you can't find Stonewall (or Ariva) locally then buy some off the web. For several acquaintances they were the key to quitting too.

Although some HATED them and gave up on them.



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The Mantis Said:
I'm sorry to hear about your dad and grandad.  This post reminded me that I need to quit chewing :S

I will 2nd this

NATE

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 Sweet i'll look into it..  Thanks for all the help guys