September 3, 1999
I am a 26 year old male. I struggle for my daily breath and I don't even smoke.
I have Cystic Fibrosis. A terminal lung disease.
As I get older my lungs
get worse. It makes me cry to see people smoking, because they have
perfectly normal lungs, yet they purposely screw them up. I understand the
nicotine fix, I understand that smoking calms one down. But, it may not seem
such a big deal now, you may be able to breathe normally now. There are
I see respiratory therapists who smoke. I do not even let them do my
therapy....because they have gone to school and KNOW AND SEE the effects of
smoking. I know that there may be a few respiratory therapists out there....I
don't mean to tell you your business.
In a few years you will all be like me, if not worse with throat or lung
cancer or a stroke, or even a heart attack. Just one day I would love to
breath without struggling, or being lightheaded because of the lack of oxygen
to my brain. I don't need to smoke and I am already hacking nasty stuff up
because of my disease. Smoking can be hard to stop, but wouldn't it be easier
to stop smoking than to have to stop living because you can't breath? I would
trade my lungs for your lungs anyday....because at least I would appreciate
them alot more than you do. Please stop smoking.....not just cause I
ask.....but do it for yourself, and anyone who loves you.
I am unable to even be intimate with my wife because I can not get enough air
to my lungs because they are so blocked. I want to be able to Go to Disneyland
again, but I will most likely have to be in a wheelchair because I am
physically unable to walk around without my chest tightening up. I would love
to be able to live a normal life. I can't even walk around a grocery store
because I get winded and I have to sit down. My head throbs, my heart pounds
and I feel like I am gonna have a heart attack. And this is just because my
disease is progressing.
I know that I may sound like I am preaching, but if it
saves people from having to live like me then great. Quitting smoking can
prevent this from happening to you. It may take a few years for it to happen,
but it will happen.
If any smokers would like to trade their lungs for mine.....just wait a few
If you can walk on the street and smoke.......in a few years you won't.