As most of you know I lost my brother Rusty to lung cancer this past April.
Now I will give you a little information that you don’t know.
My grandparents on my mother’s side of my family both died of smoking related disease, my grandmother, who I don’t remember because I was so young when she died, died of lung cancer, my grandfather who I do remember and have fond memories of, died of emphysema.
On my father’s side of my family, I remember both of my grandparents and I am thankful for the time I had with them. My grandmother died of lung cancer, and my grandfather died of lung cancer, both were smokers for as long as I can remember.
I do not know my family’s medical history beyond my grandparent’s, and quite frankly I don’t want to know, because it is scary enough knowing what I know now. My mother, who I miss very much, also died of lung cancer 15 years ago because of smoking. I have just recently found out that my father now has lung cancer, although he hasn’t smoked for 13 years or so, and he is about to start his treatments.
Now we have me, Jim. I am a husband, a father, and a grandfather and I am only 43, but I have been thinking of my own mortality as of late, I think justifiably so.
Although I would like to live for 1000 years ( someone is actually working on this believe it or not) that technology is not yet here. I have been a smoker for 31 years, I have quit before for some time, but I have always gone back. I quit again this spring after my brothers passing and it lasted a few weeks, but I am back smoking again. I am also overweight according to the CDC, I am 6 ft and weigh 212 lbs. I have a few inches of fat in my belly.
This blog is about my journey to becoming a published author, but it is also about motivation and inspiration, and each one of you motivate and inspire me with your support. I have decided that for me, and for my family, I am going to change myself. I am going to start holding myself accountable for my own health, and I am going to be doing a weekly post showing what I did and showing my progress, on top of my weekly posts on writing. I am looking to change myself for my family and for myself, and I will succeed, I am going to get down to a healthy weight, stop smoking, and stop filling my body with the poison we call fast food.
Now all I ask is that you, my friends, sit back and read my progress posts, and get ready for JIM 2.0 Because here I come.