Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey: A Heavier Kind of Weight Altogether

Our hearts go out to Lydia and her family during this difficult time.

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT Participant | Almaden Valley Athletic Club

I was planning to write a post about how I maintained — or didn’t maintain — my fitness routine and nutrition goals through Christmas week, but then life took a major, unexpected and altogether terrible turn: My mother’s COPD, which had been bad but manageable, worsened suddenly, and she passed away on December 21. I was able to get to her in Texas before she passed, and for that I’m grateful. But she was only 66 years old, and it happened so fast — I can’t help feeling she was robbed of years of her life. We were robbed — her daughters and son, her young grandchildren, her brother, her friends. So please forgive me getting strident here, but:

People: DO NOT SMOKE.

I’ve never really smoked tobacco, except for a few Lucky Strikes in high school (brand chosen entirely because of Pump Up The Volume) and a pack or two of Rothmans in college (suave Anglophile friend’s influence), in a failed effort to look cool; I got nothing good out of it, and they made my head feel like a lead balloon, so it never “took” for me.

My mom, however, was a pack-a-day smoker for nearly 30 years. She quit for good in 1996, but the damage was done. Cigarettes caused all kinds of problems for her: periodontitis, stomach/digestive issues, decreased immune function, damaged eyesight, you name it. And added to those miseries, it isn’t just lung cancer that smoking can kill you with: There’s also stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, and COPD, all of which are pretty awful — and PREVENTABLE — ways to go.

I should know about that last one. I was there, and I am wrecked. I’m grasping at whatever slivers of good I can find right now, and if this story prompts even one person to stop smoking — or never start — it will be worth the pain of writing it down.

Turns out, it isn’t just lung cancer that smoking can kill you with: There’s also COPD, which is a pretty awful — and PREVENTABLE — way to go.
Turns out, it isn’t just lung cancer that smoking can kill you with: There’s also COPD, which is a pretty awful — and PREVENTABLE — way to go.

—Lydia M. 

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One thought on “Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey: A Heavier Kind of Weight Altogether

  1. Lydia, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts. I echo all of your words as I lost my father to cancer at the age of 53, he too had been a heavy smoker for probably that long, but had also quit. Unfortunately the damage had been done. Hold tight to the memories, and to the rest of your family. I wish you peace as you go through this time.

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