As a lung cancer survivor, how do you cope when your family smokes? We know that lung cancer survivors experience significant distress when family members continue to smoke. Expressing your concern lovingly rather than holding it inside, and trying to avoid nagging may help keep family peace.
What has helped you cope with a family member who smokes? Do you have a story that would help other lung cancer survivors cope with a family member who smokes? Share Your Story
- My whole family smokes and they dragged me it the habit. I started when I was 17 when everyone was smoking and my mom gave me a cigarette and i have been hooked ever since. I have been smoking for 28 years and it is really getting to me. I cough every single morning until lit one up which is right when i get out of bed. It seems impossible for me to not smoke because my whole smokes i see them at least once every 2 days. We all smoke 2 packs a day and the same brand so whenever i see them is smoke more. Sadly my mom has lung cancer and im afraid i will get it too.
- —Guest Emily Wood
What about the opposite situation?
- I was excited to see subject title - but then realised its the opposite of my situation. My husband had lung cancer and they removed his right lung - even with such a wake up call he still Smokes!!!! It really freaks me out and I find it extremely hard to not nag or remind him how lucky he is to be alive. Very difficult to "leave him be" as many would advise. I really dont know what to do - just sit and wait for the cancer to come back and then rush off to doctors again? Its really difficult.........