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Lost my sister to lung cancer.  She had quit smoking about 12 years ago when her husband had heart problems...but was found with lung cancer about 7 years ago.  Several treatments.  Ended up taking a lung.  She was on constant Oxygen.  Her husband passed away in April and that was a setback for her.

She is not here.  She is at rest.  She was buried in the local national cemetery which is a beautiful place.

I have been so blessed.  As much as I tried smoking, it never appealed to me.   I think I got enough smoke growing up.

My mother died of a brain tumor which I do not believe has been directly linked to smoking, but I still blame cigarettes.

Not sure why people under 60 smoke.  When I see people under 30 or 40 smoking I think "Gee, do they have brain damage?"

Just had to say it.  Smoking will kill you one way or another.

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Oh Sterling so sorry to read this. It is shocking to me after what we know about smoking to see so many young people smoking and vaping. At least she and her husband are at peace. Sending you a hug.
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I am so sorry for your loss, Sterling. I, like you, do not understand why people smoke in this day and age. The evidence is overwhelming that it causes cancer, along with other diseases. I have a dear friend in his 40's who smokes and he works in healthcare. It's hard to understand. But regardless of anyone's bad habit, when we love someone we do not want to lose them. Again, I am so sorry. May your sister rest in peace. I send prayers for you and your family.
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I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. She must have lost a lot of her will after her husband passed away. I'm sorry too that your Mother had brain cancer because you've had to watch your loved goes through all of that illness and then to have thyroid ca yourself on top of it. Well, your sister is reunited with her husband and your Mom. I agree about the smoking. God bless, my friend.
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Sorry for you loss ,my partner had lung cancer and died in 2017 , had smoked since the age of 12 ..
Thank you and sorry for your loss as well.
Thank you all for your kind words. Thank you for letting me vent.
My condolences.
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So sorry for your loss. I know what you mean about smoking.
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I quit about 12 years ago when I got cancer. Never took another puff. I tell people that i quit and they always ask "how did u do it" and i love saying, I got cancer. You can see their minds working. and that is why i quit. i loved smoking. smoked marboro reds. the real dead but I always say, I like living better.
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Good! I don't think people realize just how powerful of a drug it is. Quitting is almost impossible. The only reason my sister quit is because her husband had complete heart failure and needed a transplant. So they had to quit to get the transplant and save his life.
Even though they have not linked many diseases directly to cigarettes, I believe cigarettes are contributors to disease of all kinds.
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i meant to write the real deal, but dead actually works too lol.
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I’m so sorry for your lost. You and your family have my deepest condolences.
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Thanks Pen.
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I'm alright

Despite all my whining, I seem to be doing OK now.  My weight is back to where it was and I am living on the higher dosage of Synthroid (200 mcg). 

I guess the tests were right and I was a bit low.

Just saw my endocrinologist.  My TSH is up a bit ...but still within reason (1.7).  I can't explain why the same dosage that I was on is now not producing the low TSH and symptoms that it was, but I am grateful.    Don't want to over-analyze it because I'd probably be wrong.

We are trying to follow guidelines and avoid crowds. 
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is struggling.  

Still struggle in the heat.  Summer is here "big time".  However, it is typical summer heat here in the midwestern rectangular states.

"Sometimes I wonder what Imma gonna do
But there ain't no cure
For the summertime blues"

OK Marcia, take your pick:

I'm alright   

I'm alright

Blessings to all.  Hope you have a happy Fourth of July.


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Glad you are doing well! Happy 4th!
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Hi Sterling! I'm happy to hear that life is better for you with all the symptoms you had with your thyroid. TSH is so odd. Back when I became Hypo- which was in the 1990's from chemotherapy for SLE in 91-92, my Family MD said he did not feel comfortable handling the issue and referred me to an endocrinologist. Many times my TSH came back within range on bloodwork yet something was still off; something an endocrinologist only would be able to pick up on. I swear thyroid has got to be second to the brain in complexity. I'm also happy to know that you and your family are doing well. Such a mess we have, like the 'year that wasn't', but we will get through it, I'm sure. I'm still thinking.....hmmm...Tom Petty?
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Covid has everybody is a strange, unsettled state. We lost three in my tribunal back in March/April - and countless others were sickened. These are dispiriting times. I fight the blues every day, Sterling. Stay well. Stay safe. You are not alone.
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We had a friend who got Covid, but remarkably he recovered despite "underlying health conditions". Well thank God for that and that we have been safe.
Take care!
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Summertime Blues originally by Eddie Cochran in 1958...was recorded by many other artists including Blue Cheer, The Who, and Alan Jackson. All good.

Yeah the thyroid does so much. It's amazing. When your body is all functioning it's beyond amazing.
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Vital Info


November 12, 2012


Cancer Info

Thyroid Cancer

October 31, 2012

Stage 1



No energy.

Learning to be patient.

Mostly hypothyroid type symptoms.


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