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CDC: Tips From Former Smokers – Brian: Part of Who I Was

CDC: Tips From Former Smokers – Brian: Part of Who I Was


(Brian)By the time I was
ten or eleven I was smoking probably close
to a pack a day. Smoking had been
ingrained into me. It was part of who
I was it seemed like. It was, that was, smoking was, a
cigarette was… that was Brian…
that was me. I hadn’t really thought much
about joining the military at a young age,
but I loved it. I enlisted in November of 1972. Within a year after I got into
the military, I met my future wife. We were very young an
we wanted to see the world. We traveled all over Europe. We saw things and we were able
to experience stuff that we, most people wouldn’t have had
the opportunity to do. I was stationed in Germany until I had my heart attack
when I was 35. So I went from being able to travel the world
and see the world, to confining my life either at
home or going to doctors. That’s all because of
cigarettes. Well, I had the heart attack. I had the first defibrillator, where they had to cut my chest
open and put the patches on. Then I had a bypass operation. Then my lungs started going bad.
Then I had to be on oxygen. Then I had stents put in. Then I had stents
in stents put in. I was in the hospital
for months. I spent days in emergency rooms.
Hundreds of IVs. My poor wife having to sit down
in the emergency rooms for hours, upon hours,
upon hours. My kids getting called up,
“Dad’s in the hospital again. He might die,
you got to come down.” [Sigh] It was,
yeah, it was a lot. Every doctor along
the way said, “knock it off, stop smoking,
you have to stop smoking”. Even to the time when
I had my first run for the heart transplant. I had smoked.
I don’t know why I did it. And then the day
I went to the doctor’s, they, they always
draw your blood. And, they gave me
the pager. They said, “Okay you’re
on the transplant list.” That’s the key to the
hope for the future. You get the pager, and okay, now I am going to get a new
heart and will be able to live. And that evening the
doctor called up and said, “Brian, we found
nicotine in your blood. And you need to
come back tomorrow and give me back
the pager. I’m not listed
anymore. That was crushing for me,
for my wife, for my kids. It was hard.
And I screwed up. I screwed up bad.
And… I just screwed up bad.

75 Replies to “CDC: Tips From Former Smokers – Brian: Part of Who I Was”

  • I remember the day you got on the transplant list. That feeling of fear, excitement and hope was so strong. Then I remember the next day when we found out you were sneaking cigarettes and got taken off. That was probably the day I wanted to strangle you the most. I thought well, if cigarettes won't kill you, maybe I will for making us care when you didn't! What a devastating blow to our family. Then, I remember your courage to try it all again and not give up and my respect for you was at an all time high! It's been a long, hard road for everyone, and the road isn't totally over, but it sure is nice seeing you swim with the kids, laugh and joke, walk without a cane, speak without profusely coughing and not be in hospitals on a weekly basis. Team Brian all the way!

  • I'm so sorry I'm 52 now got emphysema. Copd and lupus. No doctors has ever told me when I was young. Middle aged until around 45 how smoking is bad for you. Even after I got these diseases until things are failing me but ppl don't understand these huge CIG companies put additives in them beside nicotine to get you hook or how they do poor animals. Making them take draws off CIGS for 3 years than killing them to study how it did them plus so much more. Its a addiction. So have you quit now? I wish you the beat. If you need some extra help with smoking. They got good website pages you can go to for extra support. Also start looking up congetive thinking n smoking. Tht real good to help ppl understand retraining ur mind

  • Im so sorry I hope he is still alive he seems like a good person he was so happy then the doctors called up and told him something about his blood and at the end his almost cried face just made me cry I bless that guys heart and soul that he is still alive๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  • Hi! I'm Brian. and at my age it's hard to serve my country. but blaming it on cigarettes gave me an opportunity to collect a check! my advice to you? appear on these commercials to collect a little extra coinage.

  • Who has heard of death from smoking marijuana No one How many people die of cigarettes more than World War II A screwed up world Stop people who smoke healthy and let people smoke Chemical junk It's legal Because governments make good money on cigarettes

  • Poor Brian. Back when he was young no one really knew how bad cigarettes were and he had to learn their hard way that they were deadly. It is because of people like Brian that more and more people are quitting and not having to suffer. More people like him need to share there story on how dangerous and deadly cigarettes are.

  • $1.00 a pack a day x 365 days a year x 50 years (not including tax and higher prices) = $912,500.๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

  • I quit after a lung infection 2 yrs ago, don't even think about cigs anymore. Lung infection was'nt even that bad, but scared me enough to quit.

  • touched ,me deeply sir ; i am 28 two daughters and a loving wife, i will stop smoking now because i dont want them to go through this, bless you sir

  • My dad either has to be at home or at the doctors because of his chron's disease. But after his liver transplant he has done much better and he tries to go more places! (Because he can) my dad had to be in the hospital often too

  • I'm 61 years old and I've abused crystal meth, alcohol and smoked 4 packs of cigarettes per day for over 40 years now and so far I have never had any health problems, never had a heart attack or lung cancer or emphysema and I'm not awaiting a heart or lung or liver transplant.

  • My grandpa died of leukemia a month ago. He was a smoker and at the point he was at before he died, it didnโ€™t matter that he was smoking, there was nothing anyone could do to help

  • My dad's been smoking for over 50 years and I have tried for over a decade to get him to stop. And he won't. And I'm scared this might happen to him. I already lost my mom, I can't afford to lose my dad too.

  • Not sure how the story ended but I just had open heart surgery and am 30 years old. I am trying my hardest not to pick up that cigarette or can of tobacco (I did both previously.) I can say without question that quitting is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do… It seems so simple when you think about it. How could this tiny piece of paper with tobacco rolled in it have so much control over my life. But then the cravings hit. Then the thoughts arise, the what ifs and if onlys. I'm truly sorry I ever started this and knowing what I do now, if I could only go back to that 14 year old kid and talk sense into him. It isn't worth your life, your family, or your friends…don't wait until it's too late to find out. Don't ever pick that cigarette up or pinch of tobacco.

  • oh no Brian I felt so bad for you when the doctor rang you and said you are taken off the list. Can you be put back on again at all? it is so hard to quit i am nearly 2 weeks into it this is about my 10th attempt this time for good , hope you are okay

  • Intubation alone is horrible. I hope you are doing well and everyone screws up you just have to keep trying โค๏ธ

  • TBH I do not know why will your parents let you smoke nor do not know how you could do it in school.it is illegal under 18 and I see why it should be.

  • Iโ€™m praying for you Brian!! Godโ€™s got you and I know you will continue to save other peopleโ€™s lives!!!!

  • If smoking gave him a heart attack at 35, how come every smoker doesn't get a heart attack? You can't say something CAUSES something unless it happens to everybody who does it. It's not logical. This guy just has a bad heart.

  • My mom told me when I was 15, if you decide to smoke you're buying your own cigarettes. Stopped me from even trying again.

  • Smoking shouldn't be seen as Normal. It's not NORMAL, to play rusian roulett with your life, those who don't smoke should be addressed. Genuinely wish all the best to those who try , try to quit.

  • im glad my grandpa stopped smoking back then when he still lived in china he would smoke 2 packs aday because of stress at work

  • โ€œSmoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette-
    Smoke, smoke, smoke yourself to death.
    Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate
    you just hate to make him wait,
    but your just gotta have another cigarette."

  • It's crazy I've met hundreds of smokers my self included we've never got cancer nor our children cancer runs in my family many have died they were not smokers people need to also know that diesel fuel causes cancer I've herd story's of marijuana causing cancer because of the high levels of thc don't smoke any thing I can't believe the surgeon General dosent talk about all these hazardous materials

  • All you non smokers putting us who all smoke down!! You think it's so easy and people can just throw them out and be done! Take you very favorite thing, ( food, drinks, med's, pot, car, boat whatever it is!! ) and every time you get the urge to use it, don't!!! do this every day for the rest of your life. Now take that feeling and multiply it by 10x and that's how strong the urge is to smoke from the Nicotine in your brain…

  • I'm 29 and my two years of moke-free and nicotine free, April 20th. I can't wait, I'm excited to be the non-smoker that I was always meant to be.. 14 years of smoking down the tubes. gone forever

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