This is my blog, keeping up my progress as I battle with Throat Cancer.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Things are changing...

It is now 25 days since my last post. I have had 4 lots of chemotherapy treatment during that time, and I am now as near as dammit hairless. I have the appetite of a sparrow, and I am losing weight like you have never seen. I have lost 29lbs in a month.

One good thing however, is that having stopped smoking, I am starting to regain my motion, and get a bit more energy. I hope to be able to keep myself moving now, and stay right the hell off the cigarettes.

I would include a picture here, but I don't want to make you sick. I will describe it to you.

I saw it the other day on the internet, a picture from an autopsy of a pair of smokers lungs. They were about half the size they should have been, black, coated with mucus and filth, and the other half of the picture showed what they were like inside. It was like looking into a bucket of bitumen. Black, sticky, clogged and as filthy as hell. No wonder the poor b****** who owned them died. You barely had room for air, let alone normal movement.

Take heed, and take it well. Stop smoking NOW and in 10 years time, your risk of Lung Cancer and MI will have dropped by 70%! Do it while you have the chance...

It is now 25 days since my last post. I have had 4 lots of chemotherapy treatment during that time, and I am now as near as dammit hairless. I have the appetite of a sparrow, and I am losing weight like you have never seen. I have lost 29lbs in a month.

One good thing however, is that having stopped smoking, I am starting to regain my motion, and get a bit more energy. I hope to be able to keep myself moving now, and stay right the hell off the cigarettes.

I would include a picture here, but I don't want to make you sick. I will describe it to you.

I saw it the other day on the internet, a picture from an autopsy of a pair of smokers lungs. They were about half the size they should have been, black, coated with mucus and filth, and the other half of the picture showed what they were like inside. It was like looking into a bucket of bitumen. Black, sticky, clogged and as filthy as hell. No wonder the poor b****** who owned them died. You barely had room for air, let alone normal movement.

Take heed, and take it well. Stop smoking NOW and in 10 years time, your risk of Lung Cancer and MI will have dropped by 70%! Do it while you have the chance...

Things are changing...

It is now 25 days since my last post. I have had 4 lots of chemotherapy treatment during that time, and I am now as near as dammit hairless. I have the appetite of a sparrow, and I am losing weight like you have never seen. I have lost 29lbs in a month.

One good thing however, is that having stopped smoking, I am starting to regain my motion, and get a bit more energy. I hope to be able to keep myself moving now, and stay right the hell off the cigarettes.

I would include a picture here, but I don't want to make you sick. I will describe it to you.

I saw it the other day on the internet, a picture from an autopsy of a pair of smokers lungs. They were about half the size they should have been, black, coated with mucus and filth, and the other half of the picture showed what they were like inside. It was like looking into a bucket of bitumen. Black, sticky, clogged and as filthy as hell. No wonder the poor b****** who owned them died. You barely had room for air, let alone normal movement.

Take heed, and take it well. Stop smoking NOW and in 10 years time, your risk of Lung Cancer and MI will have dropped by 70%! Do it while you have the chance...

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The reason people should be careful about smoking.

Hi. I am Thorsteinn, 28 years old, and from Reykjavik in Iceland. Just under one week ago today, I was diagnosed as suffering from Throat Cancer. I have been told that I will start Chemotherapy to destroy the cancer in 2 weeks time.

I have been a smoker since the age of 17, and I smoke around 40 cigarettes, ready made or roll your own, each day.

I have tried 99% of what is on the market to help me quit, such as Nicotine Patches, Lozenges, Gum, even Wellbuterin (Zyban). Nothing worked.

What worked was the shock of being told I had cancer. I quit smoking 4 days ago now and have not touched a cigarette since. I don't intend to start again either, even after my chemo.

People have told me before, its not smoking that causes cancer, everyone is prone to develop it. That's true in some respects, but smoking increases your chance of Stroke, MI, Chest Infections, Emphysema and Cancer by over 40%.

In my case, 11 years down the line, I have had what I can only describe as the shock of my life. I hope that you reading this will be as hopeful as I am that my cancer will be cured. I have a whole life ahead of me, I screwed it up, now it's time for me to repair it.

I will be updating this blog every couple of days as I progress through my treatment and counselling, so don't be afraid to come back and check.

You can also keep up with me on Wikipedia, where I am an editor. My page is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Tmalmjursson

Thanks and be good. If you already smoke, quit while you can. If you don't, I honestly recommend you don't start. For your own sake.