Tagged: Ashley Jo

I use tags as easy search functionality more so than as categorical labels. Below, you will see an archive all posts that mention or refer to Ashley Jo, but some posts may not center on that topic.


Quitters Always Prosper

I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I’ve been smoking cowboy killers since I was seventeen years old.  By “cowboy killers” I mean Marlboro 100’s, of course — as I write this post, I’m smoking one now.  I say “somewhat ashamed” because I can’t really say that I regret being a smoker for ten years.  However, as the title of this post implies, I don’t plan on being a smoker forever.  In fact, I’m quitting on March 11th.

Now, if you consulted a calendar and realized that March 11th falls on a Tuesday, you might be wondering why I would choose this particular date to quit.  You might also be surprised that I ever began smoking in the first place if you knew that I was very close to my grandfather who died of lung cancer exactly seven days before my tenth birthday in November of 1995.

Papa and Ashley Jo, 1988.

Papa and Ashley Jo, 1988

Papa — that’s what I called him — was born on March 11th, 1934, and had he lived, he would be turning eighty this year.  It just feels right to finally quit on his birthday.  If he is somewhere out there watching over me, I feel like it’s the best birthday present I could give him, because I know he wouldn’t want me to be risking my health with every cigarette I light up.  I certainly know that he wouldn’t want me to die from the same disease that he died from.

I have tried — in vain — to quit smoking before.  This time around I plan to use the nicotine patch, because that has been the most successful strategy in the past.  (I also got my doctor’s approval to quit using this method.)  If you want to quit smoking too, I would advise you to check out some of these free online resources, brought to us for free by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), and find the right strategy for you.

On a personal note, I would like to thank the people in my life who have been nagging me for a long time now to take the plunge.  Especially you, Kayla — and of course, Bob.  Thank you for caring so much.  I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to start taking better care of myself.

To remind me of my impending deadline, I’ve added a nifty countdown clock to my blog.  I’m also premiering a new Spotlight Tag, named Quitters Always Prosper, which will chronicle not only my journey to quitting smoking, but quitting all the things that are bad for me.