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Monday, April 4, 2011

April 4, 2011
Are you thinking....why is she posting cigarette prices?!? Well....for purely sentimental reasons....and as a caution and a warning!!!
You see....my Daddy smoked Pall Mall cigarettes....
....and my father-in-law's cigarette of choice was Camel.  I hadn't thought about the name Pall Mall in many....many....years and I guess I'm surprised they still even make them.
 My Daddy died in 1994 from complications caused by emphysema.  He started smoking at the age of 9 years old....yes, NINE!!  He was on full-time oxygen the last 5 years of his life and every time I would visit him I would come home exhausted and couldn't understand why....until one day I realized that while I was with him, I was breathing just like he was, or trying to breathe for him, I'm not sure which.  Either way....if I was that tired from just spending an hour with him....how worn out he must have been gasping for each and every breath he took.
And....my father-in-law....suffered thru radiation for cancer on his vocal chords and we're almost positive that his cancer was back when he passed away....less than 6 months after my Daddy died! 
Jack and I lost both of our Daddy's and Jess lost her Papaw's in SIX months time!
Oh, how I wish that "cancer sticks" had never even been thought of!!!
 :*(
  And....thank you Lord....for each and every breath You bless me with!!!

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