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This is kind of discouraging...

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/what-happens-when-the-doctor-blames-you-for-your-own-cancer/2019/01/11/2791611e-14ff-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html?utm_term=.73e6df1c275a

Thankfully, I've never felt negatively judged for my smoking history by any of my current health care providers.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised that some doctors do, but it's pretty awful to think that it colors their treatment.

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Intresting and no doctor has ever asked me what enviroment i worked in for forty years but asked if i smoked and i said yes so they were happy to put me in that slot and away we went never mentioned again.

Bob

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It stinks all around!  When I was going through the diagnostic process, each time I was asked about my smoking history, when I answered in the negative, the looks I got from the inpatient team suggested I was going to be six feet under in the next few days.  Someone even ordered up the hospital Chaplin!   Well, I guess the silver lining in all of this is that in order to change the lung cancer stigma, you have to admit the bias in the first place.  Baby steps I suppose.   

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It’s ridiculous. Yes smoking is bad. Yes it can cause cancer. But there absolutely other environmental situations that cause it. My husband has been a fire fighter for 19 years - yet all of the doctors worry about is that he smoked. Not all of the chemicals and crap he has breathed in fighting fires all of that time. 

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I smoked for about 20 yrs but had given it up 17 yrs before being diagnosed and the first question is if your a smoker and yet there are so many people that have never smoked and much younger than me have been diagnosed with lung cancer..no one deserves cancer..

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Just yesterday my doctor said everything is going great but I have some emphysema and some calcium build up in my arteries. The strange thing is he proceeded to tell me to not go out and smoke. Lol what the heck I quit in 2000 almost 20 years ago. I’m really hoping he was kidding because being an ex smoker I feel guilty enough.  🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

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It was probably a joke because your scan was good--like a dentist telling you after a good checkup not to go out and eat candy.  (Or so I would imagine--I don't think I ever had a good dental checkup!)

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Just now, LexieCat said:

It was probably a joke because your scan was good--like a dentist telling you after a good checkup not to go out and eat candy.  (Or so I would imagine--I don't think I ever had a good dental checkup!)

That’s what I thought Terri! I laughed it off but then thought to myself I hope he wasn’t serious. I play such mind games with myself. I just need to accept that everything is going great. 😁

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