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Kathryn M., NY

It was 62 days from diagnosis to death after a lifetime of smoking on and off. It still hurts 2 months after I lost my mom. A lingering cough after a bout with pneumonia but we were still hopeful and my mom was ever the optimist despite the doctor's grim comments that treatment would most probably kill. It did... If you smoke - quit. Have your lungs checked and then re-checked, be thankful for the breath of air you breathe and know your lungs are precious--take care of them. It was62 days from diagnosis to death and my own life will never be the same. RIP Frances Mae.

First Published: September 14, 2015

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