Neal T. Curtis - NoNicNeal
Father, Husband, Ex-smoker
1958 - 2011
With heavy hearts we learned that Neal T. Curtis, 53, died on July 10, just five weeks after diagnosis with lung cancer and 25 days after his final journal post. I spoke by phone with his surviving wife Debra last night expressing Freedom's heart felt condolences.
A Veteran of the U.S. Army, Neal was a Protestant, a member of B.P.O.E. #1511, American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, and the V.F.W. Predeceased by his father, Edward J., Jr. and brother, Mark A., he is survived by his wife, Debra, his daughter, Kristen both of Bradenton, Fla., his mother, Ruth of Holmes Beach, Fla., his brother, Edward J., III of Deltona, Fla., and his sister, Cheryl of Batesburg, S.C. A memorial service was held on July 23, 2011 at the B.P.O.E. #1511.
I've invited Debra here to read Neal's inspiring journal and to share in the joy and love he felt in being free. We'll keep his journal open so that those wishing can share their thoughts.
It's sobering to think that smoking's risks linger so long after quitting. After a dozen years of healing and risk reversal, I'm still not yet out of risk's woods. But even with a decade of aging, these years have been vastly healthier than those that preceeded them. It's clear from reading Neal's thread that he felt better, was loving and living life, and that he relished his quit, a fact Debra confirmed last night. I leave you with one of my favorites, Neal's post at day 73:
Well, I'm on Day 73 today and all is going well. I'm loving my freedom and I feel very far away from the possibility of using nicotine. I haven't been quit so long that I forgot what it was like to have my life revolve aroung smoking, but I have been quit long enough to see how much better life is now that I'm finding the real me. I did gain about 10 pounds, as predicted, but I know that will soon come off. I'm finding I have a lot more time on my hands. I've already painted the whole outside of my house, and now I'm working on re-landscaping the entire back yard. (All with the money I've saved from not smoking!) It truly is getting better and better. YQB Neal - NTAP
Although no longer with us and posting, I hope Neal's wife and daughter are comforted by the fact that Neal's zeal, love of his freedom and memory lives on in so many hearts and minds. Peace be with you!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,
John - Gold x12