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Two packs of cigarettes per day at $5 per pack for many, many years.
Numerous failed attempts in the past.
A world of people who love you and need you.
And one young physician who didn't just talk at you about quitting but who stood by your side and patiently believed that you could be a non-smoker.
Until you did, too.
Here you are at your follow up visit. Proud to say that you are a quitter. Because you are.
Congratulations, sir. You did it. And like you told me yesterday, "I hope me quitting blesses someone and encourages them, too." My guess is that you've already achieved that goal. As a matter of fact, I know you have.
Man. I love this job.
Happy Friday. And thank you, Heval M.K. for seeing triumph in your patients' futures. You inspire me, too.