Monday 20 January 2020

When the going gets tough

• I felt compelled to write this letter in response to the article by Claire O'Mahony in Tuesday's Irish Independent entitled 'I know ciggies are a killer, but I can't quit'.

While I appreciate that the article was resigned in tone rather than flippant, I would urge the author to put this challenge in perspective when she permits herself to believe that she 'can't quit' smoking.

Monday of this week showed us the accomplishments that people can achieve should they have the desire to.

The Dublin Marathon, all 26.2 miles of it, was completed by some truly remarkable people; some who have overcome or are undergoing treatment for cancer, a man who was told that he would never walk again, a man with no sight, others who some months ago were morbidly obese and there were also those who have overcome alcohol and drug addictions.

Arguably, most notable of all was cystic fibrosis sufferer Jillian McNulty who -- despite spending a large proportion of her marathon training time in hospital with poor lung function -- now has a Dublin Marathon medal to show for her sheer determination.

The difference, I believe, between these people and your author is that they really wanted to fulfil their ambitions.

Your author claims that she can not quit smoking -- I wonder does she just not want to enough.

Amanda Younge
Cedarbrook Walk, Dublin 10

Irish Independent

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