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Blogged on 30-Dec-05 09:40:00 pm in DrainBrain, CAN Conquer CANcer -- Viewed by : Fans

CAN Conquer CANcer initiative

This is a non-competitive entry into the CCC Blog Your Thots Contest

Sometime during October end, we started the CCC initiative and there were several events like Painting, Photography and Poetry Contests held in-house Connexions. We had originally planned a Walkathon around the Anna Nagar Park on the 10th Dec, but had to cancel because it rained Lions and Tigers in Chennai.

The Blog Your Thots Contest idea originated sometime November mid and I spoke to Kribs, Aishu, Jo, Naani about it and supported by enthu shown by Kumar of Connexions, hosted it on Nov 26th. At this point of time I was smoking around 3 n 1/2 packs of Charms a day and I never gave a thought about it. Meaning, here I was speaking to people, building a site, spreading awareness - all with a cancer stick in my hand. It was Business-as-usual as far as my smoking was concerned.

The reality hit me on when the contest entries started appearing. I started reading and realised that I was walking in front of a moving train. That is when I started counting the empty packs and was shocked to notice that I was in the 30+ bracket. Not Fair, I told myself ! Not Fair at all Don, to Rohini and Ashwanthe ! Not fair to the Awareness campaign that I had put my heart n soul into !

I started conciously avoiding a smoke inside the house and that reduced it by 8 ciggies. I stopped buying full packs and made an effort to start feeling lazy to walk upto the dhum shop. Avoided 6 or 7 more that way. Now I'm down to 15 or so, but not enjoying the nicotine buzz.

There is something else. I'm proabably just one example of the fact that online awareness campaigns work. We've been tracking the visits to the Contest pages and we're amazed at the support, contribution and links we have been getting. And we are convined that every entry in the Contest is helping to bring a ray of hope to someone reading it, somehere through some site or blog which has linked to the CCC initiative.

I gave up Alko and other mind-altering substances in 1995 and I have planned to adapt the same principles that I apply there to stay sober. I have set my mind to the task and I SHALL stop smoking before the Contest is over. I'm looking forward to it actually. :]

Hopefully, I'd have Conquered CANcer before it gets me..

This is a non-competitive entry into the CCC Blog Your Thots Contest



Comment from: jayant [Visitor]

don i don no wat to say

well i have to be serious here omg

anyways try it dood when in tension think of me and u will feel there is another sucker worse than u

but on a serious note “good effort don”

hmm frm ur words only >> ” keep the raves up”


31-Dec-05 @ 01:53
Comment from: Narayanan [Visitor]

Great effort DON.. Way to go.

I’ll be happy if you can post after the contest …mentioning that ‘Cigarette smoking is History for me’.

Very nicely written..and I am sure its good for your family too.!!

31-Dec-05 @ 02:35
Comment from: call me by any name [Visitor]
call me by any name

murali, it appears to be only pep talk and tall talk contest. by simply saying cancer can be won, whether we can conquer cancer. i saLute u for ur good intention, but wondering whether a pep talk is suffice. i may be wrong. correct me if i am so.

01-Jan-06 @ 01:02
Comment from: Virdi [Visitor]

happy new year…

01-Jan-06 @ 13:06
Comment from: Sudhamshu [Visitor]

Way to go Don! Nice to hear that you are cutting on ciggarette intake. It is a difficult phase. WAfter my dad left smoking, he became too cranky, so i should be wishing good luck to your family :). But since it s for your own good, they wouldnt mind. Gr8 Going, Dude.

02-Jan-06 @ 10:19
Comment from: Jo [Visitor]

Have a wonderful and propserous New Year Don

03-Jan-06 @ 05:19
Comment from: Rajan [Visitor]

Hi there,

It is good to hear you are cutting down on ciggies. But getting rid of any addiction is not easy, and the last 20% is the most difficult as the craving doesn’t go away. If you are interested, Sahajayoga meditation can help you get rid of it. Sahaj meditation can also help cancer patients and other terminally ill patients (provided they practice Sahaj meditation in the first stage of the disease.

If you wish to know more about Sahaj, browse the website above or contact me.

Trust me, it helps.



03-Jan-06 @ 12:27
Comment from: prabukarthik [Visitor]

quit this habit ASAP don.
i know its easier said than done but there r several celebrity smoke quitters too for inspiration.
so the sooner the better :)

05-Jan-06 @ 12:20
Comment from: Saravanana [Visitor]

my id is saravanan_oxy

06-Jan-06 @ 12:53
Comment from: Saravanan [Visitor]

sorry my name is Saravanan, didnt c the spelling mistake there:D

06-Jan-06 @ 12:57
Comment from: Joslin Vethakumar [Visitor]
Joslin Vethakumar

That is nice to hear, Don. The piece has the potential to inspire others to follow your example.
Can’t help being reminded, though, of Mark Twain’s famous quote: “Giving my smoking is the easiest thing to do. I have done it many times.”
Hope you will succeed kicking the habit, completely.

07-Jan-06 @ 13:43
Comment from: Joslin Vethakumar [Visitor]
Joslin Vethakumar

….Can’t help being reminded, though, of Mark Twain’s famous quote: “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing to do. I have done it many times.”

07-Jan-06 @ 20:11
Comment from: prabakar [Visitor]

thanks for your encouragement,don.
this is not an ad. don. a message on an event on cancer screening programme -free of cost. u can refer any body,especially who can’t afford the expenses,as part of your drive on cancer awarness programme - to the programme, which is free of cost -provided you dont take it as tresspassing.details in my url. bye.

07-Jan-06 @ 21:09
Comment from: Think Life [Visitor]
Think Life

Dear Shri Murali Krishnan

Please accept my best wishes for your Cancer Campaign. I appreciate your spirit to work for a noble cause. Good Luck! …. Think Life

10-Jan-06 @ 14:49
Comment from: Padmasani [Visitor]

This is awesome Murali. We know for sure that the campaign has definitely helped one person to quit smoking. Ya when we work for a cause and when we advocate doctrines, first we tend to analyse yourself and it helps putting thing in place with ourselves first. Lovely beginning for a new year.

23-Jan-06 @ 08:25
Comment from: Satheesh [Visitor]

Great effort Don..!!

I wrote a poem on Cancer patients..
titled ” Cell azhindhavan…”

Please find it at

Please let me know what all I can do to be part of your effort..!


08-Feb-06 @ 16:03

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