Smoke Free & Cancer Free
I was a heavy smoker for over 40 years. The thought of quitting was stored away in the back of my mind but many relapses made quitting seem impossible. Over the winter of 2015, I learned I had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but I was in denial. I hadn’t seen a doctor in 10 years, yet to-date, visiting my family doctor in 2015 has been my best decision in life. On August 1, 2015, I quit smoking and in September 2015, I got diagnosed with lung cancer. With the urge to smoke stronger than ever, I continued to stay smoke-free, while completing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. It’s never too late to quit- I am living proof of that!