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Drinking and Smoking was posted 11/01/1999 05:27 am by Sandy L
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The liver and the pancreas are working overtime with pc. Not only are they doing their normal function, but they are also fighting the effects of cancer, chemotherapy damage, surgery aftereffects, maybe more medication, and on and on. To put alcohol into the body is to inhibit their functions further, as we all know, alcohol is very hard on the liver and other digestive organs. I know it would be hard for me to not have a beer or two, but if I had pc and thought it was detremential to my health, or counteracting something good I'm doing (like eating right), then I would have to make a big decision. Smoking also. No pc patient should be smoking. Cigarette smoke causes many destructive things to happen to your body. Why weaken your body any further? Alcohol and smoking should be avoided - they are causing no good and they could possibly be hurting you, even by a slight %. Alcohol and smoking will always fall on the "do not touch" side. You know that to indulge will aggravate the pc and give your body something else to deal with. But it all has to do with you, the patient, and your mindset. Are you trying 100% to do everything right in this pc fighting battle? How strict do you want to be with yourself? No one is perfect and to indulge once in a while will never hurt anyone, but to make it part of your daily regime is very, very harmful. The odds are that neither alcohol or smoking would kill you. With pc you are sitting in a pretty tough seat to win. I don't know how you all do it. But never give up. If you are thinking "oh well, I'm dying anyways from the pc, and I enjoy a drink or a cigarette" then you have given up or aren't very dedicated to the fight.

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