Well it's not easy to say this in public really, but oh well here goes!!
In 1999 I found out I had cancer of my left testicle at the age of 29. I had two wonderful boys and a fantastic wife, so the only thing I was worried about was loosing my life! The problem was I was'nt worried, not enough to give up smoking anyway. I had the testicle removed and was given tests every month. Everything was getting back to normal in life, when suddenly I was told the cancer had spread to my left lung!!
My life fell apart again, this time my Doctor wanted to treat me with chemotheropy. So I had six months of chemotheropy in hospital, they really were the hardest days of my life, ever!! My wife was my Rock, I know it sounds cheesy, but without her I would have given up the fight.
But even then, I still could'nt give up those smokes, I was a regular in the hosptal visitors smoking room with my chemotheropy and bald head. I guess nasty nic had got me good and proper!!
Year 2000 was my fresh start in life, the cancer was behind me.
My Doctor then told me the cancer cells had'nt gone compleatly from my lung and an operation was needed to remove the cells!
When I came around from the operation they told me they had removed half of my left lung.
And still I carried on smoking away like an idiot. Don't get me wrong I have tried in the past to give up, but have always given in to nasty nic again and again.
So.. It brings me onto 2007, my health has suffered so much now, I'm starting to feel it's time to do something now, before it gets any worse.
Tuesday 14th August 2007 0000hrs, I slap on my first patch and give it a go! My wife, who has never smoked in her life sighs with relef, after nagging me for years to stop smoking. I no longer have to sneek around trying to keep the fact I smoke a secret away from the kids!
Three weeks on and I'm smoke free!! Staying strong and getting stronger!
I'm sorry for telling everybody this story of mine, but I think it as actually just made me see why I have got to do this, NOW.