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OK, kids ... one thing before you click off thinking this doesn't apply to you because some older guy is writing it:  you can get bladder cancer at age 17 as well as at 60 and it isn't any more fun.  But, I'm not here to scare you -- I'm here to give you a path to avoid a really nasty result of smoking that isn't being discussed.

ash trayI liked to smoke!

Yep ... I did and I kept doing it for some 25 years.  Then, we smoked in the office, in the car, in the house ... anywhere was OK.  There were no "sections" for smokers.  If you didn't smoke, you just put up with it.  Life was good and I burned up about a pack a day (which cost about $1.25 and started out at $.25 early on).

Now, here is the thing ... the brains at the Federal government decided that they would save us all again and mandated that a warning from the surgeon general be printed on the side of each pack.  It stated things like, "WARNING.  SMOKING MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH!" and "WARNING, SMOKING CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS IN CHILDREN!" and "WARNING, SMOKING HAS BEEN LINKED TO HEALTH PROBLEMS!"

Impressed me, yes?  NOPE.  I never looked at those warnings after mildly acknowledging them the first time I saw them.  I figured it was kind of like the cost of doing business ... if I got something like shortness of breath, I'd stop smoking. Besides, many of the Hollywood stars smoked on the screen ... it was glamorous and it also seemed to help with stress.  Once again, the Feds did their public health thing in a half-baked manner.  But, had they put this warning on the side of the pack, I'd have listened and tossed the carton in the trash:

"WARNING:  SMOKING THIS CRAP CAN CAUSE AN EXPENSIVE UROLOGIST TO SHOVE A HOSE UP YOUR PEE-PEE EVERY THREE MONTHS AS HE LOOKS AROUND FOR BLADDER TUMORS - GOD HELP YOU IF HE FINDS SOME!"garden hose

And they can alternate that warning with the one about people you don't know fiddling around with portions of your anatomy you once thought was private or the one about hiding a catheter drain bag under your clothes so you can go to work.  Are your legs clamping together yet?  No?  Well, let's try some more ...

Actually, I'm not going to overload you with the no-smoking stuff and the additional clamping stories are n my book.  If you are smoking, you probably have a good reason (don't know what that might be but I bet you do).  If you smoke marijuana , the return on your investment is being studied with the factions on each side citing those pesky stats.  Maybe it is worse than smoking cigarettes ... maybe not.  In any event, is sucking THC and other junk into your lungs a good enough reason to spend your lifetime fighting bladder cancer just so you can be "cool" to yourself?

So, here is an employment tip for you healthcare folks involved in treating bladder cancer patients ... pack up and head for Colorado, California and any of the other states that have or will legalize marijuana.  You will be getting rich!

marijuanaHow do I know this stuff?  A few years ago, I had no clue about bladder cancer or much of anything related to the downside of smoking.  In fact, I was a fairly intense "quit bugging me" kind of person who didn't care for others pointing out why I was nasty for smoking.  It was (and still is) a personal freedom issue.  Unfortunately, the facts can no longer be ignored that smoking ANYTHING (tobacco, weed, or the petunias) is high risk.    And, I don't think "medical" marijuana is any safer -- it is simply a feel-good term.  Here is another feel-good term:  Lidocaine.  they use that to lube up your urinary tract before they shove the Cystoscope hose up it ... YEEHAA!!

I am not a cop, doctor, or lab technician who can give you the stats about smoking and what carcinogens you inhale.  That is up to you to discover.  I am simply someone who got nailed with bladder cancer and am continuing the fight with a combination of medical folks and nutritionists.  It appears that I will be fighting this for the rest of my life unless I let them rip out my bladder.

If you would like to read about my hilarious adventures thus far, click the link below and enjoy the read.  Then, pass it along to the people you love ... especially the ones who are smoking something.  Yeah, they'll look at you like you are are invading their space but you might just save their life or at least help them avoid having a big problem for the rest of it.bladder

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