I’ve been avoiding this place for the last few months. Haven’t been able to smoke and didn’t want to be tempted to buy what I might not be around to smoke.
In August of this year I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room because I was projectile vomiting large amounts of blood. Ended up staying in ICU for ten days with no food or water. Turns out it was an esophageal tear. Almost completely gone. The doctor cauterized it and I stayed in the hospital to see if held. If not they’d have to go in through an artery in my leg to cauterize it from there. After being released from hospital I could only eat soft foods. A week after release was told I had 90% chance of kidney cancer. A week after that it was confirmed. Had surgery about three weeks ago to remove the mass. Doctor thinks he got everything. Three weeks after surgery, I was the best man at my nephews wedding. Had my first cigar, a RASCC that was from the month and year he met his wife purchased on FOH auctions at my nephews wedding. Again thank you FOH. So grateful to be able to fulfill my duties and supply the wedding with the meaningful cigars. Fast forward to today almost 4 weeks after surgery on my birthday weekend l am camping at the beach with my fiancé and daughter. This time I’m smoking a Siglo VI I got from the Christmas sampler last year. It bounced around customs in Los Angeles. Went around the world back to Australia three time’s. Each time FOH repackaged and sent it back. Thank you FOH. By the time customs released it, it was slightly banged up. No fault of FOH. As I smoke this cigar I can’t help but think of myself. A little banged up put through the ringer with a few new scars and battle wounds. But still ticking. This cigar is wonderful. And a testament to everything life can throw at us and still come out strong. Though I am not completely out of the woods as I await my six month scan to confirm they got everything. This is the happiest and most positive I’ve felt in the last three months. Spending time with the two most important people in my life down at the beach. Doing the things I used to do. Albeit a little slower as I recover. Having a great cigar I’ve never had the pleasure of smoking before was just a bonus. Maybe I’ll be able to acquire a Behike to celebrate my clean scan in five months.
Thank you to FOH for allowing me to smoke this magnificent cigar as a celebration of still being around and more importantly living. Hold your loved ones close, never take life for granted and make sure you try and smoke the best you can afford when you get the chance.