Hi, my name’s Summer and I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life.
(There is an awesome coupon at the end of this article for an eCigarette. I just want to tell you a tale first.)
I was exposed to LOTS of second hand smoke when I was growing up. My mom used to crack the window about 1″ and swear that the smoke was going outside so there was no way I could possibly smell the smoke. It used to make me gag, as a matter of fact, it still does.
I’ve never understood the addiction to something so disgusting. Sugar, I get. Cigarettes? Not so much.
When I was 16, my uncle Noel was diagnosed with lung cancer. They removed one of his lungs, but it wasn’t enough to save him. About a year later, he succumbed to the cancer and passed away.
Do you think losing a brother to lung cancer was enough to make my mom quit smoking? Nope. Nada. I think she might have started smoking more, actually.
A few, short years later, he youngest brother, at the age of 36, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. They removed the melanoma, and he was supposed to have PET scans every 6 months from then on. Unfortunately he didn’t, and he ended up becoming a walking cancer victim. He also eventually succumbed to lung cancer, shortly after his 41st birthday.
My mom continued to smoke. I totally didn’t get it. Especially when she smoked during a severe case of bronchitis.
On July 9, 2010 on her 54th birthday, my mom went to the hospital with what she thought was just pneumonia. She probably smoked a cigarette on the way there. After a battery of tests, the doctors told her that she had aggressive lung cancer. My sister, who smokes, was beside herself. I was disgusted. I had been in Florida visiting at the time and I had to leave to go back to Georgia. I couldn’t even bring myself to go to the hospital because I was furious with my mother. I won’t even tell you what was going through my mind because I don’t want you to change your glowing opinion of me.
She underwent even more tests, and one day while still in the hospital, her lungs cleared up. Not completely, but they were much better. Her Pulmonologists had no answers. They said they had never seen anything like it before. One doctor called it a miracle. Call it what you will, she was diagnosed with a severe lung infection, no cancer.
I’m so proud of her because she hasn’t smoked a “real” cigarette since then. Because she is a truck driver, and had been smoking cigarettes for so darned long, she started using e-Cigarettes. I wasn’t sure that they were any better for her and neither was my Aunt Sue. So one day Aunt Sue accompanied mom to the Pulmonologist and asked him whether or not the e-Cigs were any better than real cigs. He said that they are completely safe, and that my mom was free to smoke them all day if she wanted to.
Because I never struggled with an addiction like smoking, I don’t know how hard it is to quit, but I am SO, SO proud of my mom for dropping the real cigs and making a much healthier choice. There are varying degrees of nicotine in the packs, you can get flavored cartridges, and they are much, much cheaper than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Mom doesn’t stink any more, I can hug her without gagging, I can ride in the car with her without needing a barf bag, I can let my kids ride with her, and I can egg her on about smoking inside a restaurant now. I love the looks people give us when we eat out and she “lights up”.
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