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PostPosted: November 26, 2014 1:50 PM    Post subject: Twelve Years! Reply with quote

November 21 marked my twelfth year free of smoking! I knew I was coming up on 12 years free, but my quit date is not foremost on my mind anymore. However, this year, my uncle died of lung cancer on my quit date, and that got me to thinking about my quit smoking journey, and how GLAD I am that I stuck with traveling the road to freedom. My poor uncle was a hard core addict. He did quit during the worst of his chemo, but once the decision was made not to do yet another round of treatments, the first thing he did was go buy a pack of cigarettes. All reports were that he was so happy to be able to smoke again!

In the intervening years since I quit, I've gotten married--and my husband had his own round of cancer: throat cancer. He was a hardcore drinker and smoker before I met him. He quit drinking about the time I quit smoking (before I knew him), but he wasn't able to quit smoking--until the docs cut his vocal chords out. He says quitting drinking was way easier than quitting smoking. He's quit now, but he knows what a grip nicotine can get on people. He says if he didn't have a hole in his throat, he would probably still smoke! And sometimes he tells me that he is amazed I was able to quit. I was pretty hardcore myself, working up to two packs a day.

But, no more of that for me. I don't have any cravings anymore, and truly have no desire to start again. It's something that I just can't see myself doing. HOWEVER, I also keep a slip of paper in my desk calendar that has these words typed on it: I'M A PUFF AWAY FROM A PACK A DAY. So, every now and then when I turn over a new month, that little piece of paper falls out--just as a reminder. Because it doesn't do any good to forget where you came from! Even after 12 years free, I can't bring myself to throw that slip of paper away.

Anyway, I suddenly had a notion to come here and post my update. It IS possible to quit smoking, but you gotta see it for what it is: a very dangerous addiction that doesn't help anything at any time. (I was surprised I could remember my password, but looking back, I guess I did long on here a lot!)

Thanks to Kevin for keeping this site going. It, along with the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking program, made all the difference to me.


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PostPosted: December 23, 2014 8:30 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Dekie. I am still a year behind you which is good for both of us as we have both maintained our quits. Very Happy Hope your holiday season is filled with joy and happiness.

Never give up on yourself. We are so worth the effort. Smoking creates nothing but misery for us and those around us. Smoking is socially unacceptable everywhere we go.
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