Smoking & the Heart

My grandmother smoked since she was a young girl. She belonged to the time when smoking was thought fashionable and not much was known about its ill effects. She married when she was 16, had 3 children and travelled the world with her husband who was a doctor in the army. I remember they would call each other “Darling” and seldom by their names.

In her old age she developed heart disease. The doctors told her to quit smoking or she would just get worse. Her family pleaded with her to give up the habit. My brother who was studying to be a doctor at the time told her, “Nani, every time you smoke you lose 5 minutes of your life.” She was quick to reply “I would rather have the cigarette.” She suffered from heart attacks which left her weak but she survived.

When my grandfather died she lost her husband of nearly 60 years. She died soon after. I think she died of a broken heart.

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