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    I quit smoking in April. Hey, it wasn’t hard at all if ou have the support to do it. Another thing, children hate it. Yes, you heard me, they do.
    My eyes are normal. Just like the last time, actually the sight has increased from 20/40 in the right and 40/70 in the left to 20/20 in the right and 20/40 in the left.
    Guess my doctor was wrong, eh? I still take Guar Gum, just in case my sugar levels try to increase and I still am on a dietetic diet.

    I am doing very well thank you. I guess I”m going to sign off, it’s late.

    Anonymous
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    I’m a smoker, too. I’ve been working on relaxation techniques, preparatory to quitting. The worry I have is that it is an addiction, and quitting an addiction is stressful, and stress plays into Graves. So I’m trying to work with the behaviors that trigger it, doing relaxation techniques, etc., without going cold turkey while I am still so ill with the disease. I have a friend who was getting a corneal transplant, and intended to use that surgery to quit smoking. Her doctor forbid it! He told her that she had to absolutely minimize her stress after the operation, in order to avoid rejection. He encouraged her to wait a few months, and THEN quit. Which she did. I’ve been thinking about that doctor’s advice a lot lately. He had compassion, and also the ability to weigh the risk factors. I absolutely don’t want to use this as a form of “denial”, but I do think that it is a valid point to consider. On the other hand, I’m wondering if the beta blockers I’m currently on, would lessen the physical withdrawal symptoms, thus making it easier. That’s something to consider, too.

    Bobbi

    Anonymous
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    My twin sister, my beloved, was diagnosed with stage 4 adeno carcinoma
    with brain and bone matastases in May of this year following a seizure. She was a
    hair stylist and a smoker of 30 years. The combination of daily exposure to the
    industry chemicals and acrylic nail dust and smoking was attributed to the
    cause. She has had both brain and lung surgery and they just found 3 more
    brain tumors on her most recent CAT scan. Her chances of 5 year survival are
    0-5%. I’m in Iowa and she’s in Ventura, CA. We are the kind of twins that can
    think of the other and the other calls and says, “What’s up?” No one can imagine
    what it’s like unless they have lost a soul mate of nearly 50 years. I’ve never
    loved anyone longer or stronger. When people ask if she smoked and hear
    that she did, they say, “Oh. Well, then,” …like that makes it easier!
    Nicotine and the chemicals in cigarettes are the most addictive drugs out
    there. More so than heroine or cocaine… and it’s legal! Talk about stress
    being a reason not to quit, she is still smoking. Nothing more stressful than
    being told you have terminal cancer. SHE’S TRIED! I hate the thoughts of
    her leaving this world beating herself up over smoking. She finally told her
    doctor how upset she was over not being able to quit and he said, “That’s
    the very least of your trouble right now. Put that on the back burner and
    forget it. It’s not going to make a damn bit of difference at this point.” She
    knows it’s too late for her, but she wants to quit for her 2 sons, the youngest
    is a senior in high school. So that they can say, “At least she quit.”
    My job is just to love her unconditionally. No problem.

    Anonymous
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    HELLO JAKE
    HOW ARE THINGS GOING BUD,
    LISTEN IF THE EYE DOCTOR SAYS I HAVE GRAVES EYES DISEASE BUT ITS MILD
    I LATELY HAVE NOTICED THAT MY UPPER LIDS ARE LOOKING A LITTLE FATI
    AND ONCE IN A WHILE I HAVE BLURY VISION ( YEA I CANT SPELL I KNOW )
    SHOULD I BE CONCERN ABOUT THIS WILL THE EYES GET WORISE
    IS THIS A SIGN, ITS BEEN 13 WEEKS SINCE RAI NO REAL CHANGE YET
    WITHOUT BETA BLOCKERS IM STILL A CRACK POT.
    THANKS , FOR LISTENING STEVE

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