Sherri

On April 23rd, 2018 my husband and I had our last cigarette. That day is significant to us now as that is the day my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bladder cancer. He is 42 years old. He and I had both smoked since our teenage years and thought we were invisible. We have always known what smoking can do but never thought it could happen to us. You always hear those stories about so and so's grandma or grandpa who had smoked until they were 90 and in the end it wasn't cancer that took them. In the back of your mind you are always thinking you might just be that 90 year old. Well we have now seen first hand that you are literally playing kamikaze each time you smoke that cigarette. Whether it be cancer, stroke or heart attack and any other disease that is associated with smoking you are putting your health at risk. Smoking is the #1 cause of bladder cancer and we are now on that rollercoaster and my husband deeply regrets that he ever started smoking. Bladder cancer is treatable if caught early, so know the signs. And yes, seeing how it can be a treatable cancer when caught early it still isn't pretty and my husband does not wish upon anyone what he is going through. Emotionally, mentally and physically. Cancer is cancer!
About a month ago we got news the cancer hadn't spread and this past week my husband had the tumors removed and we are just waiting to see what the next step is. I am sad that it had to come to this for us to quite this nasty addiction. We still get cravings and know it will always be a battle. However in one of the most stressful times imaginable we quite. When in our minds before we used smoking as our crutch for stress we won't anymore. The reality of smoking came to us and now we are fighting something we wish we could have prevented.
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Sherri
Edmonton