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Only recently had my first heart attack, 48 years old and a smoker for over 30 years, waited in hospital for the angiogram results only to find out that they could not stent it and needed a double bypass open heart surgery, this absolutely put the fear of god into me, at my age, no family history of heart attacks and several Drs have suggest to give up smoking over the years, i'm not overweight and my cholesterol is just below average so i'm putting it down to my bad habit of smoking.
I decided to chuck the ciggies away the night before surgery and that was 11 days ago now, BUT the most motivating factor was hearing from my 7yo nephew who was talking to his Mum, my sister and said "I hope Uncle Muzz gets out of hospital soon and doesn't die, He's like my 2nd Dad and I love him very much"
Of course this made my sister just burst into tears as she was dealing with her only Big Bro just having had major surgery too, but, it's ME imaging those words coming out of his little mouth that will stay with me forever, I'll never pick up another cigarette, ever.
I think of my sister, my nephew, all the surgeons and nurses here at GCUH that worked around the clock to give me a 2nd chance at life, I just couldn't deal with the guilt of accepting all that help and then turning around and begin smoking again.
Use whatever motivation you need to help beat this horrible addiction, It's early days for me yet but learning to actually hate the addiction and how it's controlled my life in the past has been so important so far, Onwards and Upwards Ladies and Gents xoxo
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