Ed’s Let­ter

Cosmopolitan Middle East - - CONTENTS - KAVITA SRINIVASAN ED­I­TOR IN CHIEF

Proudly smoke-free de­spite go­ing to school in cig­gy­ob­sessed Switzer­land and In­dia, I fi­nally suc­cumbed to a nasty pack-a-day habit when I hung out with my chain smoker sopho­more year col­lege crush one sum­mer in New York. From zero to twenty and then thirty, I just couldn’t get enough till one day I caught a nasty flu, came down with a scary bout of asthma and couldn’t take a deep breath for days. It was just the wake-up call I needed. Af­ter eight years of a morn­ing-noon-night-and-ev­ery-hour-in-be­tween smok­ing habit, I quit cold turkey. Be­ing able to breathe took pri­or­ity over my ob­ses­sion. And af­ter an aw­ful two months of stay­ing in ev­ery night (there were smok­ers ev­ery­where those days in New York) I fi­nally emerged ad­dic­tion-free, promis­ing my­self I would never be slave to a ciggy again. Health is wealth, I con­stantly re­minded my­self, no longer sure of my im­mu­nity from the scary stuff – es­pe­cially the Big C. Not be­ing able to breathe prop­erly can re­ally kick the ar­ro­gance out of you.

It’s Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month and while we may think youth, genes and every­thing else is in our side, do your­self a favour and stop think­ing you’re one of the lucky ones. If there’s any­thing I learned from my scary few weeks of breath­less­ness, it’s that no one is an ex­cep­tion. Get your­self checked as much as you can and never take the one thing that mat­ters above all for granted – health. No mat­ter what any­one says, it re­ally is the only thing that will see you through it all. Here’s to tak­ing care of your­self in­side-out, body and mind, all the time.

Happy Oc­to­ber, ladies.

See you next month.

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