Sep 11, 2003 - 9:53 pm
As noted in a previous post of mine, my mom was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer - unfortunately we have not yet been told what type of cancer (NSC or SC)or what level. Anyway, my mom is a smoker - I am a non smoker. My mom continues to smoke - she got the patch from the Doctor - but has yet to use it. She says she is going to quit (has been saying so for about 1 1/2 years). I try very hard not to voice my opinion on it because I realize it is her life/her choice. However, it is VERY difficult for me to watch her smoke and think of her illness. She told me the other day that she was going to try hard to quit and was going to do it for me. I do not want her to do it for me, I want her to do it for herself - to me that is the only way she will be ABLE to do it. I am just wondering if anyone can help me to understand why she chooses not to quit, how do I learn not to let it bother me so badly and how can I help her with trying to quit. I know it is a very hard habit to break - believe me I have habits I should break too and don't, - but I just feel that it would be so beneficial for her to quit. Please don't take this wrong - I am not a basher of smokers - just so concerned about mom. Thanks.