Saturday, January 6, 2007

Immediate Prayers

We got some terrible news last night. My mother in law (MIL) found out that she has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In a nutshell, it's scar tissue that builds up on the lungs. There is really very little to help treat it other than a possibility of a single lung transplant.

What causes this disease? (These are taken right from the website)

  •  Inhaled environmental and occupational pollutants

  • Smoking and Second-Hand Smoke

  • Diseases such as Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Sarcoidosis

  • Certain medications

  • Therapeutic radiation

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    See that 2nd one in the 2nd line...the 2nd hand smoke, that's most likely what caused my mother in laws. Her husband smokes and now she's the one paying for it. For those who know me in real life, it's not a secret that I have not had the best relationship with my mother in law, but I would NEVER want anything to happen to her. My husband loves her. She raised him and his sister as a single mom. His grandparents did help here and there, but for the most part until she married her current husband when Chad was 12 or 13, it was just them.

     

    I'm honestly just furious right now. I know there are a few of you who read my journal who smoke. Stop it. Yes I recognize it's an addiction, but addictions CAN be broken, it's a choice. You either chose to live or you chose to die or kill those you love. I have no doubt my father in law loves my mother in law, but the simple fact is, this is a woman who already has asthma, she's had other health issue's because of his smoking and yet he still smokes. It's also partly her fault for not insisting he smoke outside. If he was going to "leave her" because of that then he obviously did not love her. But the fact is, when we're there he takes it outside, because we don't allow others to smoke around our children. Does he like it, I don't know and honestly I don't care. My children's health is more important. My mother in laws health is more important than his convience. I do like my father in law, but I am ticked off at him.

     

    My mother in law now has an average of 5 yrs to live. She is only 51 yrs old. This is far too young to die. I am asking that you all pray for my mother in law. We all know GOD is ultimately the one in control and that he can do anything. I ask you all to pray that my father in law will quit smoking. Whether it be guilt or what ever, but he needs to stop for my mil's health and his own. My father in law just buried his own father 2 days ago after a battle against lung cancer.

     

    I don't understand why people simply refuse to give this toxin up? I personally feel all tobacco should be against the law. It's killing people, the smokers and the people who are exposed. I URGE you to please quit smoking.

    It's killing you, literally. If you think that if you get cancer, emphazema, or pulmonary fibrosis or the many other things that smoking and 2nd hand smoke causes you're in great denial. It effects everyone around you. You don't have these diseases alone, your family and friends and all who care about you and even those who may not are effected and pretty well have the disease with you.

     

    We don't get too many chances in this life. Why waste any chance we have, because we are not guarenteed a 2nd chance. GOD gave us 1 shot at this life, sometimes he'll give us wake up calls disguised as a 2nd chance. We have no business hurting our bodies or those around us.

     

    Here's a link to the disease that is now killing my mother in law...read it, get informed. What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?, What are the symptoms, prevalence and treatments for the disease?

     

    Most of all I ask that you will pray for her and for Chad. Chad has not been able to get ahold of his mother since we found out the news, so please pray that tomorrow he's able to.

     

    God Bless

    11 comments:

    sangrialel said...

    I gave it up five years ago and pray each day that what I did for 15 years doesn't hurt anyone eles!!!!  LInda

    candlejmr said...

    I started smoking when I was about 18 and I stopped the minute I learned I was pregnant with my oldest daughter.  She is now 18.  Quitting, however, doesn't make you immune.  My dad died when he was 62.  Seven years ago.  From lung cancer.  My dad had STOPPED smoking 25 years earlier.  And he still got lung cancer...and died from it.

    I agree....if you smoke...STOP IMMEDIATELY.  If you don't smoke....NEVER start...and stay FAR AWAY from those that do!

    I'm so sorry about your mother in law.

    ((hugs))
    jeanne

    crewsfour said...

    I smoked once in my life - never got into the habit - my dad and sister are smokers and I agree its a deadly disease.  I will keep your mother-in-law, Chad, Chads' sister and the rest of the family in my prayers.  Leene

    bhbner2him said...

    So sad about your MIL!!  Praying for her, you and your families.  - Barbara

    linnpooh said...

    I'll be praying for your MIL.....and your family. The only thing I can say about smoking, Christy, is that if you are truly addicted, it's hard to stop....even when you know it's killing you. I was obese and was living with health issues that should have killed me, my Doctor told me I wouldn't live to see 50 when I was 35....yet I didn't lose the weight until I was 47. I'm not condoning any bad habit, I can just relate to having something control you to the point that you're willing to trade your life for it. It's sad....but very true for many of us. All my hopes and good thoughts will be going out to MIL...every day.

    Pooh Hugs,
    Linda~

    ukgal36 said...

    Wow how awfull I will certainly add your MIL to my prayers...I'm sorry Christy... :-(
    Lyn

    springangel235 said...

    Just now seeing, and prayers going up...hugs and love,
    Joyce

    ksgal3133 said...

    I am so very sorry and prayers going out to your mother-in-law and to all of you!
    My FIL smoked his entire life and ended up getting emphysema and then lung cancer that took him. My husband and I had begged him to stop and he did in 2006 but too little too late. Then we both see his cousins still smoking and just don't get it!

    Again, I'm sorry and prayers!

    Gretchen
    http://journals.aol.com/ksgal3133/LivinginSavannah2

    deshelestraci said...

    Praying for you and your family!
    Traci

    fairylaura said...

    I'm so sorry about your MIL. Thank goodness no one in my family smokes. My mom was.. stopped.. picked it up again.. and now stopped again. Terrible habit. I will pray for her. Take care...

    xxroxymamaxx said...

    I'm so sorry to hear this bad news.  Prayers for you MIL and Chad too.  Love, Shelly