Today is the 150th day I have been smoke free, and I have been mulling over the benefits how this has affected my life of which there are many firstly and most importantly my health. I was having difficulty walking because of poor circulation I couldn’t walk very far before the pain became unbearable that is no longer the case! Because my blood has more oxygen coursing through my veins instead of carbon dioxide from the cigarette smoke, and this alone was enough to shout from the roof tops (Don’t Smoke) but there are more benefits I can now walk up stairs without gasping for air at the top of the stairs.
While smoking I had to have tests in the hospital for a variety of problems heart etc. and the results of the tests was the catalyst for my decision to stop smoking, I thought I am not ready to die I am only 65, I have family and grandchildren I want to see grow up! Well the good news on that front is, I recently had to have the tests again but this time as a non-smoker and the results had changed dramatically for the better and the consultant gave me a much rosier picture than the last time I had seen him.
Now I know I am not out of the woods yet, but by stopping smoking it gives me a better chance, I often thought that the damage was done at my age and for the length of time I have smoked it wasn’t worth bothering, but as I now know it is so worth stopping because even if some of the damage is irreparable the quality of life is so much better.
So my advice for what it’s worth if you can stop do so!!!! The younger the better, but also you are never too old to stop the benefits to your health are wonderful.