Christine, age 55, lives in Pennsylvania and began smoking at age 16. At age 44, she was diagnosed with oral cancer, which eventually required doctors to remove half of her jaw. In these commercials and videos, Christine tells her story.
Christine: Oral Cancer Effects
Christine began smoking in high school to fit in. She became addicted and continued to smoke for many years. At 44, she was diagnosed with oral cancer. She lost her teeth due to radiation treatments, and had to have half of her jaw removed after the cancer came back twice. In this commercial, Christine talks about how oral cancer treatments and reconstructive surgery have affected her appearance.
Christine started smoking in high school to fit in, but she never thought she smoked enough to be a “real smoker.” She was diagnosed with oral cancer at 44, and lost her teeth and half of her jaw due to cancer. Christine says if you think this could never happen to you, think again: “If you smoke, you’re a smoker.”
Christine: I Have to Quit
Christine started smoking in high school to fit in, and continued to smoke for many years. She was diagnosed with oral cancer in her early 40s. She lost her teeth and had half of her jaw removed. In this video, Christine talks about the moment when she finally realized the effects of smoking—year after year and cigarette after cigarette—and decided to quit.
Christine: Time They’ll Never Get Back
In this video, Christine talks about how her smoking affected her children, particularly her 17-year-old son. While she was going through treatment, she says her son had to become head of the household instead of getting to be a kid.
Christine: Happy Memories
In this video, Christine talks about the things she did before her oral cancer surgery to make sure her children would have a happy life if she died. She wrote letters filled with life lessons, spent quality time with them to create happy memories, and held a big party filled with supportive friends who could be there to help her children in the event of her death.
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