Pneumonia - a word I have unfortunately come to know all too well in my 53 years . Apparently my lungs are susceptible from years of smoking and having had bronchitis over and over throughout the years hasn't helped. When I quit smoking 16 years ago at the pleas of family, I was content knowing that I would no longer have chronic bad breath, I wouldn't have to be a ninja and hide behind the house for a couple of puffs and I might just be able to avoid some type of smoking-induced-cancer. I quickly forgot about the damage I had already done to my sweet little lungs. Pneumonia comes around every 3-4 years to remind me. Last week we (my business team and I), lost a member suddenly to pneumonia. After my initial shock of her untimely and tragic passing, my second thought was "who dies of pneumonia?" these days. Well, guess what... apparently 52,282 people did in 2015! That's 16.9 for every 100,000 people in the U.S. in 2015 alone. Are these staggering numbers to you? Maybe. Maybe not. It isn't close to the 7.5 million who die from cancer each year, but nonetheless, it is something to consider if you have ever been a smoker, are susceptible to chronic coughs and or bronchitis/pneumonia. Couple those things with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure and you now have reason for real concern.