Cheryl, Post Mills

If everything they say about secondhand smoke is true then my body has actually never been without smoke. My mother smoked while she was pregnant. My father also smoked. Our house was a cloud of smoke all the time and it is no surprise that I started smoking at age eight; daily by the time I was 10 and a pack a day for the last 40 years. My dad died from all smoking-related health issues. My mom is still alive, but has had open heart surgery due to her smoking. Unfortunately, I also have some smoking-related health issues: osteoporosis, polyps on my vocal chords, and COPD. This is my very first day and I feel really good and strong. I know I can do this. I know I deserve to do it.”