Those DAMN Cigarettes!

I grew up in the 70’s. It was a time when everyone smoked cigarettes. My parents, aunts, uncles, their friends, even my older sisters and brother smoked. I absolutely hated it.

I remember the smell of coffee and cigarettes on my mom’s breath as she combed my hair every morning. I remember driving in the car and coughing uncontrollably because both of my parents were smoking. I especially hated the rainy days when they would roll up the windows and continue to light up those cancer sticks.  Of course, complaining about it was a waste of time and breath.

Then on the days when I would get my hair done, I’d be so excited because it was bouncing and behaving, only to then be struck by a whiff of that cigarette stench that was actually coming from MY OWN HAIR! UGGHHH! I couldn’t get away from it.

Fast forward about 30 years, my mom stopped smoking years ago, Praise God! My father currently has emphysema, is on portable oxygen and can no longer travel…but still sneaks a cigarette when he gets a chance.  That is what addiction looks like. Sad isn’t it?  And then there’s this…

RonnieIn January, my sister was diagnosed with STAGE 4 Lung Cancer that has spread to her BRAIN, BONES, and lymph nodes. She’s only 52! What’s worse is she stopped smoking over 10 years ago.

This has devastated us all and our entire family is completely beside ourselves trying to help her fight for her life.  We all trust God that His will shall be done. We believe God is a healer and we are resting in that.

She’s in GREAT spirits. In fact, she’s so positive that she is keeping the rest of us encouraged. Praise God for that!

This type of diagnosis changes your EVERYTHING! Your perspective of family, your priorities, your food and life choices, everything! It can devastate the entire family financially! It has turned our entire family upside down.

Right now, my 15 yr old niece is staying with us for a few weeks while her mom undergoes some ‘alternative’ treatments in California.  Even though things seem bleak, with God there is ALWAYS HOPE!

I have to be honest and admit that inside I’m sad, mad, scared, and for the first time in my life, I’m seriously considering my own morbidity. There’s so much more to say about that so I’ll save it for another post. It’s all just a lot to process.

book signing (162) (1)Most of all, I hate what this is doing to my mother. Today she is celebrating her 71st birthday, but it won’t be about her. While she is not in the best health herself, she and my step dad have to take care of my sister, which is a 24/7 job at this point…with very little help! There just aren’t enough tears! BUT we truly are trusting God for EVERYTHING!

So now, every time I see someone smoking or smell that horrible stench, I’m reminded that my family is enduring this nightmare…because of those DAMN CIGARETTES!

Please keep my entire family in your prayers. We surely could use it.

Oh and help me wish my mom a Happy Birthday. I’m hoping she could have some rest, a laugh, a hug or even a smile on her special day. She needs it and deserves it more than we know.

Thanks for listening. Check back for updates. Q!

#ThoseDamnCigarettes #StopSmoking

P.S. If you’re a smoker and you want to quit, there are lots of successful resources available to you. If you’re not finished ‘living’, decide today to stop smoking. Then GET HELP! You are SO worth it!

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