I have been a non smoker for 2 weeks now and after the first 2 days found it very easy not to light up after myself diagnoses!
Generally feeling like crap and constant coughing to the point where I couldn't catch my breath the thought came into my head that the damage was already done and I have lung cancer.
So as we do in this age of technology I turned to google to look up the symptoms of lung cancer, below is an extract from cancer.org
Most lung cancers do not cause any symptoms until they have spread too far to be cured, but symptoms do occur in some people with early lung cancer. If you go to your doctor when you first notice symptoms, your cancer might be diagnosed at an earlier stage, when treatment is more likely to be effective. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:
• A cough that does not go away or gets worse
• Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing
• Weight loss and loss of appetite
• Coughing up blood or rust-coloured sputum (spit or phlegm)
• Shortness of breath
• Feeling tired or weak
• Infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia that don’t go away or keep coming back
• New onset of wheezing
If lung cancer spreads to distant organs, it may cause:
• Bone pain (like pain in the back or hips)
• Nervous system changes (such as headache, weakness or numbness of an arm or leg, dizziness, balance problems, or seizures), from cancer spread to the brain or spinal cord
• Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), from cancer spread to the liver
• Lumps near the surface of the body, due to cancer spreading to the skin or to lymph nodes (collections of immune system cells), such as those in the neck or above the collarbone
After reading this and being able to tick all but the coughing up blood box I resigned myself to the hand that I had been dealt full well knowing that I had no one else to blame except myself.
I couldn't bring myself to tell anyone and was not ready to go to the doctor to find out how long I had left. I needed some time for it to sink in.
My six year old son asked if I could stop cuddling him for a while so he could play and I would answer not just yet little buddy, (who knows how much longer I had left to hold him)!
After a week I decided that I needed to go to the doctor and see how long I had. My appointment was yesterday afternoon.
Yesterday morning I was browsing on the internet and some how stumbled on this sight, imagine the feelings of emotion that I had when reading other peoples posts to find that the things that I was feeling were normal withdrawal symptoms. Who would have thought that the symptoms for nicotine withdrawal mimicked the symptoms for lung cancer!!!
I turned up to my appointment yesterday afternoon and left feeling fantastic, I had been cleared of lung cancer!!
How nice would it have been if the websites that I had looked up for thy symptoms of lung cancer had mentioned that withdrawal symptoms from nicotine also mimicked these symptoms as I am sure that many people have done the same as I have, and the majority of people looking up lung cancer symptoms are ex smokers going through withdrawal!!!
The positive to come out of this experience is that after a week and a half of believing that I had little time left on this earth and the sadness that came with it, it now takes very little effort to fight any cravings that I have to light another cigarette!
The moral of the story?
Don't google s**t that requires a degree to diagnose!!