Archive for November, 2008

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

I’m on my wait out the door, admitted tonight, surgery in the AM.

To contact me (Since y’all asked)

Susanjane Smith
MCV Hospital (Medical College of Virginia Hospital)
1213 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23298

See y’all on the flipside.

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Today is the great American Smoke Out. I just posted to this thread on Metafilter, and thought I should keep it here, as well, for future reference.

Two years, two months, 21 hours, 49 minutes and 26 seconds. 31716 cigarettes not smoked, saving $6,010.57. Life saved: 15 weeks, 5 days, 3 hours, 0 minutes.

I quit too late, though. I’m 33 years old and I have kidney cancer. One of the main causes of renal cell carcinoma is cigarette smoking. On December 1st, I’m having a radical open nephrectomy. And hoping and praying that there are no mets anywhere else in my body as kidney cancer is a killer, there is no chemo or radiation to go along with the surgery.

Quit now, don’t think it won’t be you, don’t think that lung cancer is the only way smoking will kill you.

The damn cigarettes are not worth what I am facing right now. They are not worth it, I didn’t know it when I was 11 years old and I first picked up a cigarette. I didn’t care when I was a 15 year old with a chip on my shoulder. I thought I would live forever when I was 18.

I knew I would quit when I promised my fiancee, at 22 that I would quit before our wedding. At 23 I was still smoking, and married. 25, I was still promising, all the way until I was 31, I sat down one night, at 2 am, realized I couldn’t deal with the coughing and the stench anymore and put them down.

I’m too late to not get cancer but that doesn’t mean you are. Put the damn cigarette down.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Twittering counts, right? I sort of count caught up in my life and trying to forget about having cancer and haven’t bothered to post here. Today is my preop appointment and lab work in Richmond.

No time to really post, just wanted to let y’all know I was still here, hopefully more time tonight or tomorrow.

To our Veterans, past, present, and future….

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Thank you for your service to our country, regardless of how I feel about the current war. You serve your country, many giving your lives for it, and for that, I am grateful.

May you have had a quiet, peaceful day, in the bosom of your families.

I need one of those:

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Questions posted here from the weekend, since they are scrolling off. Faq page to come.

handicap symbol holding rifle.

Oh hell yeah. I found this on Tales from the Crip I need one of these, my placard on my van is boring:
Although mine is from Virginia, and red, as my dr keeps you coming to see her by only giving 6 month extensions on your permit at a time.

I sure do think that people would be much more worried about the top one than they are the bottom one. I mean who is afraid of a guy with a semicircle coming out of his ass.