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So you think smoking is cool? Do I have a story for you.

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When I see a young person smoking I just want to go to them and say, “Are you crazy? Quit that right now!”

Let me tell you what it’s like to go through chemotherapy and radiation for eight months or so.

It’s like everything you could think of going wrong with you going wrong all at the same time.

The first round of chemo isn’t too bad. You think, “OK, I can do this.”

Then the second round. Your hair starts falling out, most food tastes terrible and the nausea starts. Walking around swallowing, trying not to puke. But it doesn’t always work.

Then the third, fourth, fifth ... 10th ... you’re curled up in a ball on your bed wanting to die cause the pain is so bad. Morphine doesn’t even help.

And then there’s the constipation or diarrhea, the chest pains, bad eyesight, nosebleeds and the list goes on.

Then you start the radiation. After a few rounds your throat hurts so bad that even if you wanted to eat it hurts so bad.

The bad mood that you have that my friends and co-workers put up with.

And I thank them.

But thanks to the fine oncology and radiation people here and in Fargo I am one one of the 20 percent of the people with my type of cancer to survive two years.

It’s still a toss of the coin every time I go for a checkup. But that’s OK.

Smoking was cool.

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