In july 2015, I was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma stage 2A with a bulky mass in my chest. I had 6 rounds of ABVD followed by radiation and am in remission now. During chemo i had chest pain and horrible shortness of breath partly because the tumor was partially collasping one of my lungs but mostly from the Bleo. My CT showed some lung damage from everything but it seems minor from what the report says. The pain finally went away 1 year after radiation was completed but out of no where i had a sharp chest pain which seemed to start this off and on chest pain and shortness of breath that i am having again. Some of my lymph nodes will hurt and swell but no tumors. My ct chest today shows that the i am stable. Fatigue is still present as is chemo brain and occasional neuropathy of my feet but it is the chest pain and shortness of breath that bothers me the most. The tumor is only 7 cm now and is in my upper right area of my chest but my pain is mostly all on my left side of my chest. Plus i now have borderline high cholesterol. I am thankful for all the medical tx and care i received. I just feel like i need assurance that i am not crazy and my shortness of breath and chest pain is related to the chemo and radiation.
Her partnership suggestion is much closer to truth than she may realize. Have you ever noticed that never once have you heard a Nicorette commercial suggest that smoking is bad for you? Since about 1984 Nicorette's maker (then Dow Chemical) has had an agreement with the tobacco industry not to directly attack smoking or try to get all smokers to quit, but to only market Nicorette to those wanting to quit, without being anti-smoking when doing so (see documents evidencing agreement: 7/13/82 , 7/7/84 , 10/25/84 , 12/17/84 , 1/22/85 , 9/4/85 , 9/6/85 , 9/6/85 , 9/25/85 , 12/16/85 , 1/8/88 , 5/8/91 , 8/1/91 and 4/23/98 ). This is essentially a non-compete marketing partnership that creates an artificial marketing climate which totally ignores the importance of why smokers need to quit smoking. Its purpose is to protect tobacco industry sales. There is no denying that the pharmaceutical industry is actively engaged in protecting cigarette industry profits. "I am addicted to Nicorette, maybe even more than when I was to smoking. Help," pleads a 10 year user. "Nicorette Gum is extremely addictive," writes an 11 year user. "Totally addicted" claims a 53 year-old 9 year female user. "Severely addicted" says a 38 year-old 6 year male user. "I am addicted to the gum and the addiction is escalating," claims a 42 year-old 3 year female user.
A meta-analysis of 34 studies found a reduced risk of mortality from coronary heart disease in men who drank 2 - 4 drinks per day and women who drank 1 - 2 drinks per day.  Alcohol has been found to have anticoagulant properties.   Thrombosis is lower among moderate drinkers than abstainers.  A meta-analysis of randomized trials found that alcohol consumption in moderation decreases serum levels of fibrinogen, a protein that promotes clot formation, while it increases levels of tissue type plasminogen activator, an enzyme that helps dissolve clots.  These changes were estimated to reduce coronary heart disease risk by about 24%. Another meta-analysis in 2011 found favorable changes in HDL cholesterol, adiponectin, and fibrinogen associated with moderate alcohol consumption.