tatlyn Posted March 10, 2006 Share Posted March 10, 2006 (to learn why this post to Anderson Cooper of CNN's AC360 is posted here see the thread, "Fighting the Stigma") Hi Anderson, I think you are fabulous and I watch you every night. This is in reference to the post on your blog by Sanja Gupta (Reeve's Resilience) and the subsequent comments made. The replies to Sanja's post seem to have come to a grinding halt at a most unfortunate place, a comment which was made by, Michael N of Redding, CA. His words, in my opinion, perpetuate a notion that has attached a stigma to lung cancer wherein the victim of the disease is seen to have *got* what they deserved for smoking the evil weed. This attitude, which I believe is prevalent and insidious, is, in my opinion, the reason funding into lung cancer research is lacking and lagging in the face of it killing more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. The catch line to your blog states, "...get out of the way and let the story reveal itself." Anderson, the *WHAT* which is in the way of the facts here is smoke, cigarette smoke and unless and until society at large stops blaming the victims of this disease (after all, the thought goes, even if a person with lung cancer NEVER smoked, the culprit is still likely smoke, secondhand) the truth will never be revealed. Anderson, I implore you NOT to allow the blog comments to end with this man's twisted words. They perpetuate a myth and do you, a man with such personal integrity, a great disservice. It could also imply your endorsment of the comment and I really don't believe that you do or would. I made a comment after Michael's and I know that several others from a wonderful forum that I participate in, “the Lung Cancer Support Community” located at: http://lchelp.org/community/index.php did as well. Anderson, would you please publish these additional comments? Also, if you care to check it out, the above site is inhabited by some of the very best people in the world; lung cancer patients, their loved ones and caregivers. I can’t think of a better place to start a search for the truth. Thanks Anderson. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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