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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rural Thursday Blog Hop #37

(Natural Bridge, Va)

My brother died Wednesday morning. My niece found him and called me. He had been a smoker all his life. He got real sick and was hospitalized over the summer, side effects from years of smoking. He was released and quit smoking that day. The damage had been done. He caught a cold over the weekend, and now he's gone. I wasn't sure if I should post this, but it's my day to day blog, filled with pictures and what life experiences I have so I felt kind of like I have to post this or I'd be cheating him somehow. I lost my mom earlier this year. She too was a heavy smoker all her life. If you smoke, please consider quitting. I've watched 2 family members die from smoking in less than a year and I can tell you that it's a miserable way to die. If not for yourself, then please stop for those that care about you. I know it's hard, but I can't imagine it being harder than all the pain and suffering you will experience from smoking...if not now...eventually....He was only 56.




29 comments:

  1. Oh Tanya, I am so sorry to hear this. I lost my father not too long ago, albeit under different circumstances, and it is never easy. (Thank you for sharing here, just do anything you need to do to process it). I'm sending my sympathy and many good wishes in the coming days and weeks. Big hug.

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  2. Hello Tanya, I just happened to see your post on Facebook which lead me here. I think you're right to testify this way; like you said the death of your brother is unfortunately part of your daily life. On top of that your post may help readers quitting this terrible smoking habit.
    Sorry for your loss(es) - 56 seems so young nowadays.

    Let me send you positive vibes from Paris.

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  3. Oh Tanya, I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother. He was so young. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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  4. I'm very sorry to hear about your brother! That's awful. I can't imagine how his daughter felt finding him like that. My sincere condolences to you and the family!

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  5. So sorry for your losses this year. Thanks for sharing an important message in such a personal way.

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  6. So sorry to hear about your brother. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

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  7. My heart breaks for you today, Tanya. I know you loved your brother very much, and losing a family member is never an easy thing. Consider yourself HUGGED today and in the days ahead.

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  8. Oh Tanya, I am so sorry! My heart hurts for you and your family. My prayers will be lifted for you today and in the difficult days to come.
    ~Anne

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  9. Tanya, I am so sorry for this loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  10. Sending your lots of healing hugs, Tanya ~ life is not easy when we lose loved ones ~ great photo, though ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. i am terribly sorry, tanya. a very worthwhile message. i am sorry for your pain and loss.

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  12. I'm so sorry Tanya, what a tragedy.

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  13. Oh Tanya I am so so sorry. My Dad died of lung cancer from smoking as did my Father in law. My Brother and my Mom are battling throat cancer. Yes I truly hate to see and hear this it makes me very sad.
    Oh I am so sorry I know this message is important and I am sure your Brother is glad you posted it. You are truly helping people. HUGS B

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  14. Speaking from the heart is a gift. You have done it well. We are all sorry for your loss and appreciate the touching plea you have made in the hopes of saving others. God Bless you, Tanya, and thank you.

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  15. Your love will certainly negate time and distance between.

    The picture of this lung, surely moving.

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  16. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

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  17. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  18. My heart is sad for you upon hearing your news. You brother was much to young to die. If only more people would heed your warning.

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  19. sorry for your loss, my prayers are with your family.

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  20. So sorry Tanya. Thank you for sharing this. xo

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  21. Tanya, have just seen this. I'm so sorry. What a sad tale. Love and hugs, Jilly xxx

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  22. Of course you should have written this and posted it! It's your blog. It's your brother. I would think there was something wrong if you hadn't posted it.

    Kurt and I quit smoking last Sunday. I hope it's not too late. We are still very weak and probably will be for a long time, always on the verge of relapsing, thinking we can't do this. Reading about your brother and mother gave me a jolt of strength this morning.

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  23. Oh, Tanya, I am SO SO sorry for your loss! For both of your losses! God bless you and your family as you go through this. May He give you comfort and strength...and peace. Thank you for posting about the dangers of smoking. Our daughter smoked heavily, then quit when she got pregnant, smoked again years later, and quit again, and once again took it up. She quit cold turkey a few months ago, and I am SO proud of her! I pray this is IT...never again!

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  24. Tanya,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Brother and Mother. It is hard to say Good Bye to those we love. Prayers of Healing to you and your family.

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  25. Tanya, I know I can't imagine how hard this year has been for you. I admire your strength in posting about your brother and your mother. Whatever eases any of your sorrow is always the right thing, and hopefully others can learn from you. My best positive thoughts, and virtual hugs are with you.

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