Tuesday, November 15, 2005

No Witty Title

My Uncle Cal passed away Sunday at 5 pm. You guys can always tell when I'm feeling super-crappy because I stop posting. Anyway, just thought I'd let you know what's up.

I'm so glad I didn't go. He even followed almost the exact same schedule as Mom once they took him off the ventilator. I feel really awful for my cousins, and for Brian and Brenda seeing such a similar death of a loved one so soon, and most of all for my sweet Aunt who is suddenly peerless in our family.

Moral of the story? DON'T SMOKE.


-RM said...

I'm so sorry...my condolences.

Anonymous said...

Leia -- So sorry this happened, kiddo. Love and prayers from all of us.

MIM, CC and the kids

Lynne said...

I'm so sorry.

It's true most lung cancers are caused by smoking, but the information that non-smokers can get it too, must remain in the news, so that people don't get complacent, and so that more funding will be directed to lung cancer treatments, and so that better testing and diagnostics are developed to change the fact that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America, and very little research money goes to it. Dollar for dollar, breast cancer gets the most funding, because that type of cancer brings sympathy. But many, many more people die of lung cancer than breast cancer. The stigma must be removed from lung cancer, and better treatments must be sought. You're right, though, Lis, smoking adds greatly to your chances of getting it, and the blame lies with the tobacco industry. More research can mean more survival.

My lung cancer was not caused by cigarettes. I am one of the many people diagnosed each year who have never smoked.

(sorry for the soapbox, and I don't mean to take away from the very sad loss, and your very good message) (just being an activist)

Kid Sis said...

True, Lynne. Mom's type of lung cancer was also not caused by smoking, though she was a smoker for forty-five years. But it did greatly diminish her immune system and ability to fight the cancer. That's why it's good she quit before going into chemo.

My uncle didn't have lung cancer. He died of two lung diseases caused by smoking.

But many of the symptoms were the same as his lungs were failing...thus the same treatments in the end. Not being able to breathe is not being able to breathe, and it ain't helped by decades of cigarettes.

Ask me how many of my friends smoke. The answer is at least half.

Lynne said...

ah.... I see...

and you're right the message to not smoke is a very, very, very important one.

Kid Sis said...

Lynne, Yeah. Such a bummer it even has to be said. I don't think I'll ever get it. I was so mad at my friends when they started smoking in their teens. They knew what would happen.

By the way, so glad you are getting the word out there about non-smoking lung cancer. Mom was always ticked off when people assumed she got it for smoking. Did you have any luck contacting Dana Reeve?

RM, Thank you. Very sweet.

MIM and fam, as always, you're a rock. Say hello to everyone for me.