I wish someone had told me these things before I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Before it happened I never thought that I was even capable of getting cancer. I never saw cigarettes as being “that bad.” If everyone else was smoking, it must not be “that bad” for my health. I thought that since smoking was still a relatively common habit and they were still sold regularly they couldn’t be “that bad” for you.

And then I found out I had lung cancer. And that it was a direct result of my smoking. Which may have been prevented if I had just quit a few years earlier.

So if you’re a smoker right now, I want you to think about me the next time you go to light up a cigarette. Remember the woman, who has a husband and 2 kids, who was diagnosed with cancer at 41.

Remember how she talked about how hard it was to wake up every day fighting a disease that she is never sure whether or not she will win. Remember how sad she gets when she seed her kids playing and wonders if they have to grow up without her.

I know how smoking may just seem like a small habit like it’s no big deal. And I know how easy it is to think, “Oh just one won’t kill me.” But it might, maybe not at that moment, but 5 or 10 years down the line you may find out that that one little cigarette has been killing you this whole time.

I hope that after reading this blog you will realize just how real lung cancer is. And how you have the power to reduce your chances of getting it. The power to save your own life is truly in your own hands.