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Chapter 32. Barbara’s Success Story > Four Packs of Cigarettes and Nine Bouts o...

Four Packs of Cigarettes and Nine Bouts of Pneumonia

Barbara smoked four packs of cigarettes a day despite nine bouts with pneumonia and pleurisy. When doctors discovered signs of emphysema, she stopped smoking and her weight gain began. A routine exam revealed a tumor on her thyroid. Surgery confirmed it was malignant. Barbara underwent radiation treatment and gained more weight. Meanwhile, her father and a close friend died of lung cancer.

“I was miserable most of the time,” she admitted. “I was convinced I was going to die. I figured cancer was everywhere. You feel as if your body has turned against you. You’re only buying time.”


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