2022 HOF Speeches

Bye Bye Grizzly

Bye Bye
It all started when I was a senior in high school. I was not the person to turn down a dare. A buddy of mine dared me to try a pinch of grizzly long cut wintergreen. I remember the rush, I felt high, and from that evening I had to have it in my life.

Two years later im working at my full time job, when I get light headed and my heart feels like its going to burst out my chest. I was rushed to the hospital, found out my potassium was so low, that I could have went into cardiac arrest. You see, I was dipping so much, that some days id only have one meal, most days I wouldn’t even eat because I always had a pinch in my lip.

A year later, me and a friend decided to join the military, the recruiter said absolutely no nicotine or caffeine in basic training, and advised me to quit before I shipped out. I was extremely worried because I’ve heard of the withdrawal’s and did not want to go through those, while go through this type of training. A day before shipping out, I was once again rushed to the hospital, I had to have my gallbladder removed, set me back a year of going to basic training. I quit for a whole year, thinking I was done for good.

Basic training comes and goes, Now I’m in Advanced individual training, everyone is allowed to smoke, and dip and every single person around me had a packed lip. It started again, just borrowing a pinch, here and there, to me going to the post exchange and buying a log. I told my self once I get back home, I will quit. That was back in 2009. This crap has ruined relationships, and has cost a butt load of money, and I will never put this poison back into my body. I want to thank all the Iron Cacti for checking on me and being there for me when I have questions or concerns.

God bless all my brother’s and sisters on the road to be quit. Proud to be quit will ya’ll. Have a blessed day.

NOTE: This piece written by KillTheCan community member burchell56

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