April 23rd, 2010
by Jodi · Filed Under: AHA GoREDforWomen
Remember my dad back in the beginning of this campaign? He had a heart attack. I drove through my neighborhood doing a buck fifty to get him to the hospital. Well after dad had a quadruple bypass, he quit smoking. Yep. Right there. Did it last? No. But he cut back tremendously and it has made a difference. He’s now one of those ‘I-smoke-when-the-mood-and-time-seem-right-for-a-smoke’ kind of guys. Interesting.
I have some friends who still smoke. You know who you are. I do not see them as often as I would like but if I did, they wouldn’t be happy because I would give them a hard time about smoking. It’s just so not worth it. It costs a million dollars to do it and then costs you another million dollars to survive it. Where is the deal here?
If you want to do anything for yourself, quit smoking. I know it’s hard and I do not sit in judgment of anyone. But this decision is less about you and more about those who love you. Most of my friends who smoke are mommies. And this means they run the risk of leaving those precious bunions (yes, bunions. You have a problem with that name?;) without a mommy, and that is not cool. Think about it as much as you can and search for a way to quit.
In the mean time, clean up everything else about your life if you cannot seem to stop. This will lessen the effects of smoking but it is not a long term solution. If you find yourself in the position of having to quit, you have my full support. It’s hard and I don’t envy you but I do know that you can do it and you want to do it.