There's no doubt in my mind the gum will work, now calm down. I found out something was wrong (nodule) in June 97. I stopped smoking 8/13 and had biopsy 9/4, surgery 10/21, then chemo and I'm still here with the cancer but doing ok. Do some deep breathing. I am sure someone that is familiar with the hospital you are trying to deal with will write a message and answer you as to whether or not that is the hospitals normal response.
There was just a message I read here today about the way God sometimes closes doors and opens others, well you put in the footwork and wait a day or so. Try calling back and if no response start in another direction. When you are not calm you won't be clear about what is being said. When you do go to the next doctor whoever that is, try to bring a friend that can take some notes for you.
I would also suggest you contact Marty Auslander on this forum and I am sure he can give you some good suggestions.
I will say a prayer for you and know that no matter which way it goes You will be ok.
Your friend June
From: C. Stephens [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 03, 1998 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: [MOL]Carol/Not smoking
Thank you so much for the response. I am trying nicorette just now.
I am hoping it works for me, too.
Right now I have not even started treatment.
I am waiting for a Doctor at Johns Hopkins to
call regarding the treatment plan.
I met him on Thursday of last week, liked him
and asked if he would be willing to lead my treatment
plan by working with my local oncologist. My local
guy does not have an ego problem and wholeheartedly
is willing to do this. However, we need to iron out
details which hinge on the phone call from Johns Hopkins
before everything can begin.
The Dr. from JH promised to call on Friday. I never heard from him.
I called and can get only an answering machine! I am a nervous wreck.
It is now near noon on Monday and no trace of him. I finally had
some measure of peace, confidence and a sense of direction
about my treatment and now I am losing faith in the person who was
able to instill that peace to begin with. I almost feel that I
am back at "square one."
I am so distressed that I had to take an Ativan which I only
take for sleep. Is this the way the system works? Am I overreacting?
Because I have small cell lung cancer which I am told is a rapidly
growing cancer, I am getting panicky about starting treatment.
I have been in the health system now since June 15 and I am
worried that getting treatment is urgent. Maybe, I am
overreacting to this, too.
Well enough about me. Sorry to have gone into a panic attack
right here on MOL. Let me take time to ask how are you feeling
and to tell you that I hope all is going well with you. It is
encouraging to hear from you. When were you diagnosed? Was
it August of last year or was that the date you quit smoking?
My prayers are with you and everyone else on this board.
Thank you all for the kind support I have received.
PS. Lilian, I went to Ocean Grove (northern NJ) which is only
about 2 hrs. from my home. We had a lovely day. Thanks.
I will write again.
Argila, June wrote:
> Hi Carol:
> I also have lung cancer and prior to the diagnosis I stopped smoking
> with Nicorette Gum. You have to give it a chance because the taste
> isn't great but it WORKS. It will be a year on August 13th. Don't
> write yourself off so quick. There is so much help on this forum. I
> wish you peace.
> Your friend June