I've gotten behind in my reading, but I did take a moment to read Judy's post. Something kept drawing me to it. I'm so glad that I did. How could I ever complain after reading that? What a lovely, caring, dear gift she is. Sure made me stop and think about a lot of things. Like Peter, I plan to re-read it over again and I am also going to print it out for my neighbor.
This afternoon, one of my girls and I went to my neighbors to clean for her. I wrote a few weeks back about her having stage 4 of cancer and how she has custody of her 10 year old granddaughter. (The little girl that stayed with me a few months back.) When I offered to clean for her a few weeks ago, she said she appreciated it, but really couldn't afford it. I explained to her that it was "my" gift to her. The past two times that we tried to go, we were unable to because she was so sick from her treatments. I was so glad we were able to go today! We were unable to clean everything like we normally do, because I had been unexpectedly tied up for over an hour on the phone. She was so appreciative that we did the "basic" cleaning. As I sat and watched her smoking, I wanted to grab one to smoke for whatever reason. I kept telling myself: "NO Sherri! You're just tired!" Then I'd argue with myself in my head as to "why" I "needed" just "1". All of a sudden a light went off in my brain and I realized I did NOT want just one. I did NOT want to suffer like I saw her suffering. Coughing as she inhaled.....holding her chest....her neck in so much pain she could hardly move....and hearing her remind herself not to have any pity parties because there are people way worse off than she is. She is a retired registered nurse and as kind as they come. I told her she made me feel guilty last Sunday as I watched her come home from church when I had "slept in". I think I might call her one Sunday and ask if she minds me riding with her. I bet she'd like that and I know that I would.
They have called hospice in for my other friend/neighbor that has COPD/Emphysema. She is a retired school teacher/social worker. A dear woman also. I have got to go see her soon. I called her few weeks ago and her children said she was too weak for visitors, but that they'd tell her I called.
It makes me think back to Judy's post. Irregardless of how hard my life may be, I've lost the right to complain. Like my neighbor said today: "There's always someone else worse off than we are." It saddens me to see what smoking has done to these dear women and so many more!
I wish there were more that we could do. I wish there was a "magic pill" to share with the world of smokers to help them with their quit. Unfortunately, there isn't so I guess all we can do is pray. "Pray" for their will to quit and that they find the "strength" to hold out during each craving. Pray that they read a post like Judy's or meet someone like one of my neighbors and it somehow touch their lives. "Hope" that it happens before it's too late.......
I just realized today is my lunaversary. Awesome! Two years and three months. My sister is taking Jackie and I to pick up my car on Saturday. I hope I like it! I've only seen the pictures online. My brother helped me pick it out and he seems to like it. He's such a sweetheart. So much has happened since my last post, but I'll save that for later.
Have a great day everyone! Remember......no one puff ever! "WE" can do this if we "believe" in ourselves!