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Strength. I had my sister squeeze my hand. Ouch! This was a very good sign for her. Strength and stamina is what I want more than a puff on a stick of tobacco. This quit was triggered by the realization that some of the things that I feared about smoking was starting to happen. "Who ME?" My heart? My breath? My stamina? I had some warning before. The hills felt like they got a bit steeper. Each decade there is a natural loss but smoking speed up that process. A hospital stay can take a significant percentage of your strength away. Put that and smoking together and there will be trouble. I saw that happen to my mom. A major hospital stay in her early sixties and she was never the same after that. Smokers really pay the price then. The strange thing is that we are all shocked when it happens to us. This surgery that my sister had went very well and it made us all realize how close she came to not making it the first time. Had she still been a two pack a day smoker she would not be here to take me out in a arm wrestle today.