I'm sitting here looking at my grandchildren and feeling so incredibly blessed. We're going to my other grandchild's birthday party later today. I'm healthy enough to carry the baby, put car seats in, go shopping, play with them...all the things some people never think twice about.
But I do. Because every smoker and ex-smoker knows the possibilities of health related illnesses that come from smoking. We hold our breathe, praying that it never happens to us. But so many around me have passed away, have gotten that diagnosis, have struggled to simply get up in the mornings.
And yet you smoke. And yet she smokes. And yet they smoke. This damned addiction wins, time after time. Because it lies and masks our very fears with a chemically induced stupor that we take as 'relaxation'.
I don't know what else I can do but to come here and post words of encouragement, words of hope...and sometimes even words of despair. Please, please, quit smoking now!! Yes, you may already have an illness. Yes, you may already have that diagnosis. But by quitting, you are no longer participating in damaging yourself. You may even feel better. You may even begin a healing process.
I'm blessed right now. Who knows what tomorrow brings? But whatever it does bring, I will face it smoke free. And I will know that I did the best I could with what I had at the time.
Just had to get that out. I know you may not be ready to quit right now...it doesn't make you a bad person. But maybe this gives you something to think about
Much love to each and every one of you!!