My Uncle Duane is the oldest son, he's the 2nd of 12 children from my dad's side. My dad is #5. My uncle has smoke all his adult life and as a teenager. Because of this CHOICE he's now left with 2 or 3 days left to live (from what the hospice nurse has told my grandma).
I know there are at least a few of you who read my journal that smoke. STOP! IT IS possible. If you have children, you ARE hurting them. EVEN if you are going outside unless you stay out for a MIN. of 30 minutes it's still on your skin, hair, and clothing. If you come in before that 30 minutes it'll be all on you unless you take a shower, WASH your hair and body, and put on CLEAN CLOTHES.
I have NEVER made it a secret that I HATE smoking and I think it's a SELFISH act. IT IS. You are killing yourself, your family, and anyone else you smoke around. There are now PROVEN studies that have linked 2nd hand smoke with AML leukemia. That's the cancer that killed MY Jordyn.
I do not doubt that you love your family. If you think that you getting cancer will not hurt them, you're wrong. How will they be effected when you can no longer take care of them because you're sick from chemo & radiation. Do you think it will not destroy who they are when you DIE from cancer? Cancer destroys more than JUST the person who has it.
My grandmother will now have to bury the first of her children because of smoking. My dad, my mom, and some of his siblings are in so much denial they continue to smoke, and one day I have honestly no doubt I will get that call that one of my parents has lung cancer and that another aunt or uncle has it or another cancer caused by smoking.
QUIT. If you love yourself and you love your children, QUIT. I am BEGGING YOU. LOVE yourself and your family MORE than those disgusting, money sucking, cancer stick's. I will pray for each and every one of you. I will give you all the support I can, I just beg you to quit smoking. PLEASE don't think because you're young that well "I'm too young for it to happen to me" quit fooling yourself, IT CAN. If you're middle aged and think well you've been at it for so long, you've tried to quit, etc, etc...so what...try again. You have so many GREAT years ahead of you. Wouldn't it be GREAT to wake up and be able to taste food the way it's meant to taste? Wouldn't it be great to smell things they way their supposed to? Wouldn't it be great to know that you are no longer putting cancerous toxins inside your body? If you're older and think "well I don't have that many years left"...look at the legacy you're leaving to your family and friends? As long as you have a single day left to live on this earth it's NEVER too late.
If you have a friend or family member who smokes, support them to quit. BEG them, plead with them, etc.
YOU ARE WORTH IT. You DESERVE to be healthy.
(Oh and don't say it lowers your stress level...evidence now shows that smoking actually rises your stress levels. )
This is not going to be the last time I post on this, as long as I have family and online friends who continue to smoke I will keep up pleading with you and praying for you to quit.