IF YOU ONLY READ ONE OF MY POSTS, READ THIS ONE.
Sometimes, being considered an “expert” in a particular field can be most difficult when it comes to those closest to you. For me, it’s disease prevention through healthy lifestyles. Unfortunately, my father was a family member who shrugged off my continual advice. In nune of 2010 my father passed away from terminal lung cancer. That coincided with this study, that took photos of smokers and their families and created a video showing the smoker having a heart attack. I think if my father would have truly been able to picture himself with myself, my sister and my mother at his bedside, hooked up to oxygen and struggling to take his last few breaths, it might have made a difference. If only he had fought so hard for life when it would’ve made a difference. To those of you who smile and joke and think nothing of your poor lifestyle, how do YOU want to be seen at the end by those who care about you? How will those you left behind reconcile with the lost years they will never have with you?