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My mother in-law and brother in-law both died of cancer a few years ago within several months of each other.  Brother died of throat cancer at 54. He smoked heavily and was known to say "give me another cancer stick I have to die of something." Suffering the way he did, I'm not sure he was happy with his decisions.  Mother had skin cancer (cause of death) and emphysema.  She never smoked a day in her life, but her spouse, a medical doctor, smoked heavily for years until he realized the "error" of his ways.

I suffer from coronary artery disease, mostly genetic in origin, but likely aided by lifestyle decisions.  Despite knowing that both my father and brother had this disease that ultimately resulted in multiple surgical procedures, I continued my poor lifestyle choices until confronted with the inevitable.

Now, I'm not my idea of a puritan but I do believe one should make decisions that effect their lives and those of others with care and consideration.  Not a matter of morality (to me), just prudence.


I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Thu Nov 20th, 2008 at 02:51:23 PM EST

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