Showing support for #WorldLungCancerDay

It isn’t often that I post about things that are completely unrelated to vaping, but sometimes things happen that social media just doesn’t give enough space for me to comment with the entirety of my thoughts, hence the blog.

Today, 1st August 2015 is #WorldLungCancerDay and the subject of lung cancer, and cancer in general is one I hold near and dear to my heart simply because I lost both of my parents to forms of cancer. I donate on a regular basis to charities that are active in bringing the varying forms of cancer to the attention of the masses. The work these charities and organisations do is incredibly valuable in raising awareness and much-needed funding for the ongoing research into the varying forms of cancer, both for treatment and detection for the sufferer and for the families.

As we know, smoking is one of the leading causes of lung, throat and mouth cancers. One of the leading causes, not the cause. There are of course many factors that can lead to the development of the various cancers so it comes as absolutely no surprise that some organisations took the opportunity to push their own agenda.

Of course, I thoroughly despise any organisation or individual that makes use of a particular social media campaign to push their own agenda so imagine my delight when Faces of Lung Cancer replied to the CDC.

Effectively telling them to back off, but the CDC weren’t the only ones told to go away or at least not to push their own agenda.

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In no uncertain terms, Faces of Lung Cancer didn’t want any association with smoking, which is absolutely correct. I even responded to the Blackwell tweet thanking Faces of Lung Cancer for insisting it.

I even tweeted out my own memories.

It isn’t something I do often, nor do I undertake it lightly as it is deeply personal, but I wanted to express my support to raise awareness, help end the stigma associated with lung cancer, and maybe even help raise some funding for a much needed cause. It wasn’t to be.

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For reasons, at the time that were unknown to me I ended up being blocked by the Faces of Lung Cancer twitter account. Needless to say I was thoroughly shocked by this, and truly upset. After all I had shown nothing but support, shared my personal storyIt upset me to the point that I tweeted:

The support from my close friends on Twitter was amazing and unusually for me, I’m finding it difficult to find the words to express how truly grateful and thankful I am.

The reason I, and many others got blocked?

So because one called them a “fuckwit” all vapers are now blocked. I don’t think that is entirely appropriate, have they blocked the CDC?

Oddly enough, the exchange between Lorien and Faces of Lung Cancer earned Lorien a block too, for asking why I’d been blocked.

Stay classy Faces of Lung Cancer, you’ve just lost the support of someone directly affected by the effects of losing someone through lung cancer.

Update: I woke up this morning (4th August 2015) to find that I had some replies from Faces Of Lung Cancer

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Oddly enough, only one of them seems to exist, but thanks to Tweetdeck I’ve been able to catch both responses. To be honest, I know how easy it is to overreact to a particular situation, especially if it affects me personally. As I mention in the comments below this post, this blog was written in direct response to being blocked so you could say that I overreacted to the block. Maybe I did, fact is, my support of causes such as this won’t waver.

Thank you, Faces of Lung Cancer for the apology, we are after all on the same side, just approaching it from different angles.

Going smokefree? Gone smokefree

I posted this as a guest on the Vapers In Power blog yesterday:

Break out the party balloons, those crazy assed poppers where you find the streamer stuff and end caps for years afterwards. Let’s have some jelly and ice-cream, trifle, and maybe, just maybe we’ll have some beers or cider if you prefer.

It is time for a little celebration! Why am I in such a good mood? Well, grab a drink and I’ll tell you. Might want to turn the music down a bit first. (more…)

Batteries not included

Well now it has been over a week since I last posted anything, and there’s a reason for that. I went on holiday. The first actual “going away from home for longer than a weekend” type holiday in almost twenty years. Gah, saying it like that makes me sound like some crazy hermit that only stays at home.  I’m not by the way.

By now, you’re probably backing away from this post slowly and to be fair, I can’t really blame you.  I’m still on that holiday buzz which will probably end with a crash when my alarm goes off in the morning to get my sorry ass back to work. (more…)

The Remote Of Life: Pause

Well so much for not writing another difficult post.  This is another one of those that has been at the back of my mind, more so since the start of the month.

I started this blog back in October 2014.  Initially, it was just my virtual dumping ground for me to let off some steam after reading all the bullshit being pushed about e-cigs.  It has since become something much, much more than that.  I changed my writing style a little for the first truly public post (Why I Vape), since then I’ve strived to balance the content of my posts so they aren’t all along the same ranty theme.

It has now been 12 months since I lost my sole remaining parent.  Mum had been diagnosed with COPD a little over 6 years ago, a two years later lung cancer.  Having already beaten breast cancer over 15 years previously.  Three years ago, mum had treatment for the cancer, and it seemed that it had been successful.  Complications with chest infections (over the next two years) and some damage to the lung tissue coupled with COPD caused her oxygen levels to steadily drop to the point where the hospital wouldn’t increase the oxygen flow for fear of doing more harm.

These last twelve months have been incredibly tough, none more so than last month – March. 23rd March 1944 my mum was born. 4th April 2014 she passed away.

March 15th 2015 was the first Mothering Sunday without her.  She would have been 71 years old this year.

April 25th 2014 was the day I truly said goodbye, and tried to begin the healing process. Twelve days from today will be the “anniversary” of saying goodbye.

You might wonder why I’m telling you this.  Since I started vaping, and later advocating for e-cigs I threw myself into it with a vengeance.  Pretty much my entire waking day is spent either working or advocating, so much so that I’ve not really had any time for myself or the things I need to do.  I spent so long “catching up” with all the rubbish, and learning exactly what stuff like the FDA Deeming and the TPD actually means, that I neglected other parts of my life.

I’m not looking for pity, or sympathy.  Just patience and understanding.

All those that read this blog, my little corner of the virtual world you will always have my sincere thanks.  Those that share these posts, you humble me.  To think that my blatherings are worthy of being shared.  For my advocate friends, you know who you are.  You all mean a lot more to me than I’m willing to admit.  It is always nice to see your names  pop up in the various social media feeds.

For now, I’ll be slowing down a heck of a lot.  Rebalance my life a little.  There’s a good chance I’ll be inactive for a short while, but I’ll pick up messages.

Vape on!

The Rumourmill

There has been a lot of debate, rumors, discussions and even some accusations recently surrounding certain events.

I’m not going to go into any great detail, either you believe what has been said or you don’t.  I know what I believe. (more…)