Since I quit smoking, I’ve started exercising and eating healthier and I have made my health a priority. On my journey, I learned to appreciate how precious and great life can truly be.
“Failure is success in progress.” – Albert Einstein
"I started smoking when I was in my mid-teens. By the time I was 20 years old, I had a ½ pack a day cigarette habit. I tried to quit smoking numerous times over the years but it never lasted.
At 31 years old, my life changed forever; my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. I quit smoking cold turkey immediately after I was informed of her diagnosis. My mom spent the following year receiving chemo and radiation treatments but lost her battle 14 months after her diagnosis at 56 years old. As I grieved the loss of my mother, I spent countless hours searching for a way to try honour my mom’s memory and make her proud. The only answer I could find that made sense to me was to honour myself in her memory. Since I quit smoking, I’ve started exercising and eating healthier and I have made my health a priority. On my journey, I learned to appreciate how precious and great life can truly be.
I look forward to my future now. I believe that sometimes the bad things that happen to us in our lives put us directly on the path we were meant to be on. My advice to someone that is trying to quit smoking is to find your reason to quit that is strong enough to outweigh the urge to smoke. Even if you slip up and have to start again, keep going! "