miércoles, febrero 19, 2014




Terrie Linn McNutt Hall
(July 19, 1960 – September 16, 2013)

She was an American anti-smoking and tobacco advocate. She was a survivor of ten cancer diagnoses, undergoing 48 radiation treatments and nearly a year's worth of chemotherapy, before and after undergoing a laryngectomy in 2001. She was well known for starring in one of the ads of CDC's smoking ad campaign, as well as traveling across America to educate youth and adults about the consequences of tobacco use.

Born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on July 19, 1960, Hall moved to North Carolina in 1973 and later to Reedy Creek, Davidson County in the late 1980s. She was divorced with one daughter in her thirties, Dana, and had three grandchildren. She considered her grandson Jeffery (born 2001/02) to be "the light of my life." As of 2005, Dana resided in Virginia, and as of 2013 lived in Lexington. Terrie's mother died in August 2000. Hall's hobbies were trouble-shooting and using new applications on the computer during her free time; she also did school presentations with teenagers. She enjoyed bowling, reading Danielle Steel books, spending time with her grandson, and people-watching. She helped her family-owned car repair and sales business.

Hall claimed that the first time she had ever smoked a cigarette was when, at the age of 13, she was camping out her with friends in North Carolina. However, it wasn't until at the age of 17, when she was a cheerleader at Forbush High School inEast Bend, North Carolina, that she started smoking to be with her friends, and also because her father was a smoker. Shortly thereafter, she became addicted, and within a year she would smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. She started with Newport, switched to Virginia Slims and then Doral Menthol. This situation got worse when Hall would come to smoke up to two packs a day and felt the adverse effects of tobacco at the age of 25, including a sore throat that never seemed to go away.
Hall's cigarette smoking would also cause her daughter to be a smoker. Dana quit in January 2012 during her second pregnancy. Hall's grandchildren were both born premature. "I can't help but think it was because of my cigarette smoking," she said. "My fear now is that I won’t be around to see my grandchildren graduate or get married."
In January 2001, at the age of 40, she was diagnosed with oral cancer. She recalled, "I had a sore in my mouth and had to go through all these grueling radiation treatments. It was awful." Hall even continued to smoke throughout her radiation treatments. "I didn't think I had to quit. The radiation was getting rid of the cancer, so I could still smoke," she states. But it wasn't until later that month that she was diagnosed with throat cancer, and she underwent a laryngectomy. She states, "It's hard to wrap your mind around cancer, and when they told me that they were going to remove my voice box, I thought I would never speak again."
Hall was diagnosed with cancer, this time terminal, for the 11th time, and died on September 16, 2013, aged 53, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was filmed by the CDC at the hospital two days before her death, the ad she filmed was posted on the CDC's YouTube page January 31,2014. Her funeral was held on September 21, 11:00 am, at the Pinedale Christian Church.



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