I have worked for the same firm for 25 years this year. I have 3 main bosses, one I have known for the full 25 years, one for 15 years and one for 10 years.
The boss that I have known for 15 years is 66 years old, a heavy smoker, 6ft 8 inches, weighs about 20 stone, no fat. He is one of the most "vital" people I have ever known, you know when he walks into a room. He drove through Africa in the 80's delivering aid and has one of the only original "Band Aid" flags. He took in 20 mistreated and starving horses last year, as well as 2 blind English springer spaniels that had been dumped in the woods. He is such a character.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer a couple of years ago and fought it off with chemo. The cancer came back last December. It spread to his bones and he was scheduled to have a hip replacement today. They didn't go ahead with it because they did a scan 2 days ago and it has spread everywhere. They have said that he has, at most, 3 weeks to live.
I will miss him, he is always unfailingly charming and ironically we were smoking buddies!
Prostate cancer is said to be more aggressive and has an increased chance of returning if you smoke.
Is there no end to what this crap does to people. I just wish that every single smoker in the flipping world could stop right this minute and never ever smoke again. Smoking has taken far too much from me this year.
I have wanted to say all of that for 2 days so thank you for reading.