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Old 11-30-2013, 05:09 PM
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Ah, yes.. Emphysema.. know it well. Watched my father die of it in 1982, watched my brother in law die of it in 2011 and my sister in law die of it earlier this year.

In my fathers case, while he was a life long smoker, the doctors didnt blame it on smoking, but rather, his life. He was 65 when he died but had always been around heat and dust. Before the 2nd World War he worked for the railways, in heavily smoke laden air from the steam engines, as soon as war broke out in 1939 he signed up and spent the next six years overseas, mostly in Egypt, Cyrpus and Crete. When he came home he spent many years working in a pipe works, where they made clay tile drainage pipes, constantly exposed to heat from the furnaces and dust from the crushers, then he got a job as a grader driver, where he worked till he retired, constantly exposed to dry dusty conditions found on gravel roads. All of that is what the doctors blamed the emphysema on.

In my brother in laws case, he too died relatively young at 62 and had a life time of breathing in dust. He worked his entire life in the one job, working in a granite quarry. Just like Fred Flinstone, his job was operating the rock crusher, and started way before anybody ever worried about health and safety at work, so he spent the first 20 or so years with no protection. He too though, was a life time smoker.

The sister in law was only 56 when she died, and had smoked a pack a day her entire life.

There is another sister in the same family who is starting to develop the same symptoms now, so there could possibly be some heriditory link going on there.

Thanks for your detailed description of my diagnosis. I'll never look at an eye doctor quite the same way again. I probably should have already knew all that but i probably tend to trust in the professionals a little too much, and dont ask enough questions. I just hope that they know what theyre doing and let them get on with the job.

I actually asked my Oncologist about high doses of vitamin c, but he's an 'old skool' doc who doesnt believe there's any merit to it. Despite that i have been to a health shop and got some concentrated powdered stuff, that i mix with water and drink. He also doesn't believe in the benefits of pure Aloe Vera, so that sums up his belief in non traditional medicines.

Oh, and i smoked for around 20 years before i seen the error of my ways. I had tried several times to give up, but always for the wrong reason. I tend to count pennies, and had always calculated how much i would save if i gave up. WRONG REASON. Money is NOT a big enough motivator to quitting. You can always find some way of justifying the cost when your 10 days into withdrawals, and you've got an idle 20 bucks in your pocket. What did it for me was waking up one morning coughing that much that i threw up. I gave my smokes to the wife that morning and said 'get rid of them' and i've never smoked since. Coughing in the morning was normal, as most smokers will tell you, but throwing up wasnt, and it was enough for me. Went cold turkey. Not going to say it was easy, because it wasnt, but with health as the motivator I knew it was going to be permanent. I told myself, and others that I wasnt 'trying to give up' as you often hear, I was a 'non smoker'. Trying implies that failure is possible. Being a non smoker was final..
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:18 PM
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It doesn't have anything to do with an XS1100, but I've read every word on this thread. We tend to not concern ourselves with lifestyle choices until we get some age on us. Now, here we are. Sometimes it seems the big C comes just by bad luck.

I lost my younger brother to melanoma in 2007. He had a lesion he couldn't be bothered with, until it was too late. He was a fair skinned guy who spent too much time in the Florida sun. I miss him terribly.

Best wishes to those of you dealing with this. Stay positive!
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:30 PM
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My father started smoking at age 14 which would have been about the end of WWII. About 1988 or so he developed Bells Palsy, which is the inflammation of the nerve that controls the facial muscles. It is encased in bone behind your ear. So when it gets inflamed, it has no where to expand and quits working. Mimics the effect of a stroke, but it is temporary. That was the scare he needed. He handed his pack to my mother and never smoked again.

In early 1996 he complained to the doctor of blood in his stool. He actually about bled out sitting on the throne one day, passed out and all. They told him he had an ulcer. He told the docs he could eat anything he wanted with no pain, how could it be an ulcer. So by Nov of 96 they finally did a endoscopy and biopsy. It was stomach cancer, by this point it was in his bones. We lost him May of 1997. So getting to the doc is not the most important part, it is making sure they look with an open mind and see all there is and not what they expect or want to see.

To this day I have no idea how he ended up with stomach cancer, he was the healthiest eater I ever knew. He grew and ate every vegetable known to man kind all my life.
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:40 PM
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Brian and TC, wishing you both the best, and of course your wife TC. Hope all goes well and quick recovery.
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:37 PM
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Whey the found my daughters cancer, it was by pure chance. Pancreatic cancer is normally a disease of the aged (pc for old ). It's extremely rare for it be found in people under 40, and almost unheard of at 18, her age at the time.

Her and I had been skiing on a weekend, and she caught a cold. It was a particularly stubborn cold, and a couple of weeks later she still had it. It had got worse, so i took her to our Doc. He suspected she could be developing pneumonia and ordered up an xray of her lungs.

One of the disadvantages of a public funded health system is that you can get a lot of foreign staff, and inexperienced trainees. In this case the radiologist was a girl just fresh out of med school, and she took the pictures too low. To this day ive tried to find out her name, to say thankyou for making that cockup. It saved my daughters life.

When the pictures were studied by the specialists, they discovered a dark mass at the head of her pancreas. At that stage it wasnt causing her problem, and possibly would have went undiscovered for years. You probably know that a great deal of sufferers of this particular cancer dont usually survive, and thats because by the time it rears its ugly head, its usually destroyed most of the pancreas, and cant be removed. You cant survive without your pancreas.

Even though they seen a mass, they couldnt be sure what it was, and simply wouldnt believe that it was a tumor in one so young. She, and I were promptly dispatched to North Shore hospital, at the other end of the country, for an endoscopy and biopsy of the mass. North Shore was the only hospital at the time, that could perform such a procedure. For those that know anatomy, you'll know that the pancreas sits behind the liver, just below the stomach, and at the head of the head of the small intestine. The endoscope has to go down the gullet, pass through the stomach, and be carefully maneuvered into the bile duct at the head of the pancreas. A procedure requiring great skill and dexterity.

When the results of the biopsy came back a few days later, the diagnosis was confirmed as a malignant tumor at the head of the pancreas.

About then, my world fell apart.

Even though the tumor was malignant, they decided that they had plenty of time to develop a plan to deal with it, due their slow growing, and relatively complication free nature. They sent her home to carry on as normal, and were to contact her sometime in the future to deal with it.
Wasnt keen on that idea.

One thing that they hadnt counted on was that scarring from the biospy caused a partial blockage in the bile duct, and she started turning yellow from jaundice. This forced them into action and she was scheduled for surgery to put a stent in the bile duct to open it up. This was largely unsuccessful, so she was then sent for a Whipples Procedure. This involves removing part of the pancreas, a corner of the stomach outlet, the first 3 or 4cm of the small intestine, and then re-plumbing everything so it works again. Whole procedure takes around 7 to 8 hours.

When you say good bye to your daughter at the operating room door, and feel all the dread that brings, its actually not that comforting when you next see her in the ICU, plumbed with tubes and probes, and all manner of other things. She spent a week in there and it wasnt until moved to the high dependency unit that i started to breath again.

She still has xrays, and blood tests every six months, and will do for the rest of her life. So far so good. Long may it stay that way.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:30 AM
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Wow! hard reading that fella's, Brian I hope you get well soon, and same to TC's wife.

Hard reading coz I have an appointment with my ENT specialist on 3 December to check my throat. In June I got a sore throat, by October I still have the sore throat so my wife makes me an appointment to see my GP Dr, who referred me. Gulp!!
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:33 AM
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Dont stress Tom, very few episodes of pain in the throat turn into anything nasty. Thanks for the get well wishes.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:40 AM
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I hope you're right, having a sore throat for 6 months is worrying enough to get checked though, fingers crossed for all of us.
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:57 PM
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TC just a quick note here, I don't want to hijack the thread, but I have be diagnose This summer as having COPD. Your explanation of the disease was very good. You gave me info that my doctor didn't tell me. I am grateful. Thank you. An now back to your regularly scheduled program.
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ps one thing, I quit smoking 32 years ago and at 71 thought that was good. Guess not.
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