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Title: need to quit smoking (recently diagnosed)
Post by: dsp87 on July 23, 2019, 02:42:29 pm
Recently started chemo and things are going about as well as expected on that side of things. My bigger problem at the moment is what to do about my withdrawal symptoms. I’ve smoked for as long as I can remember and even though I know it’s bad for me (especially now with my diagnosis) I can’t seem to shake the need. In the past I’ve tried patches, gums...the whole nine yards. Nothing worked. Even vaping isn’t the same. I know I can’t smoke now since the cancer but need to figure something else out because this isn’t going to work for much longer.
Title: Re: need to quit smoking (recently diagnosed)
Post by: healingfuture48 on September 26, 2019, 10:41:24 am
 Hi! Fellow ex-smoker and lung cancer patient here. Best thing to tell yourself is that as bad as it is, it really only lasts for a month and the physical symptoms last less time than the mental symptoms. I had some terrible nausea, insomnia, and headaches for the first week, which in the scheme of things wasnt too long. I didn’t vape or try any gum or patches. What worked best for me was staying busy (as physically as i could with the chemo, but mental stimulation is just as good) and drinking a TON of water (also good for you during chemo bc you will be dehydrated!). Also staying away from social situations where there were a lot of smokers helped. It was hard because most of my friends smoke, but if you have friends that are supportive they will understand. I just asked my friends to not smoke in front of me and we tried some new places to hang out as well. I know it is so hard, I had been smoking since 8th grade, sometimes i still get the occasional craving too, but with the cancer it’s just something that has to be done. Rip off the bandaid and suck it up now, you will thank yourself later :).