One Year Tobacco-free

On March 24 I will celebrate one year without smoking. I still need to pinch myself it seems so unreal. I smoked for nearly 35 years.

In the last year my life has changed dramatically for the better. I no longer suffer from bronchitis and my asthma is nearly under control. My lungs are clear. My mind is clear. I have a job now, whereas I couldn't hold one before due to illness and inability to think well due to oxygen deprivation. People want to be around me. I can be present for my friends without ducking out for cigs all the time. My niece, who hated the smell of cigs (and i reeked!) visited me for the first time in years.

Never thought I could quit. Seemed hopeless. But I kept trying again, and again, and again until I stayed off. It's the best thing I ever did for my health.

 

 

 

RubyTewes RubyTewes
31-35, F
4 Responses Mar 6, 2009

Thanks for the wishes! THERE IS HOPE FOR QUITTING!<br />
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Keep trying. Really. your time will come when you're through smoking. My path included enrolling in the FREE " 1 (800) nobutts " program. Call them. They sent me booklets on steps to quitting. I tried 3 or 4 times with limited success. But the last time when I was truly ready to quit their counselors were very helpful. The best FREE help ever received! Also, I took the Smoking Cessation class through my county public health Dept. which cost only $15.00. The $15.00 was refunded at the end of the 6 week course, whether you quit or not. They provided coupons for free patches or the losenges, and for prescriopton Wellbutrin medication. There I met others who had tried to quit but couldn't. We talked together and gave mutual support. I had tried the patches many times before, but they made me sick. I had been taking Wellbutrin for many years prior for depression and it helped when trying to quit. So, my last time I used cherry flavored losenges. A pleasure to use! Tasty! Kept my mouth busy.<br />
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I also kept my hands busy and my mind off cigs by reading A LOT! I read all of James Joyce's novels, and then moved on through most Irish authors then Jane Austen... well, you get the idea. <br />
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I had very strong emotions and physical tension arise. I often took time alone at home to place warm moist washclothes on my neck and face and allowed myself to sob, sometimes for an hour, to let the feelings out. Giving away my old friend and crutch (cigs) was a loss I needed to grieve. Plus, I was finally experiencing those feelings I had been running from by "sucking them down" into myself for almost 35 years. Be kind to yourself and allow time to let all that to be expressed. The moist, warm air also dislodged the flem in my bronchia which had prevented me from breathing well. I coughed up lots of stuff, but that's normal. It means your respiratory system is healing, and that your body is detoxing well. I also engaged in some "extreme" bread-making ( KNEADING DOUGH TO DEATH! )to let out the anger in a constructive way since I was unable to do much heavy exercise. At times I had to primal scream into my pillow! I took lost of naps, too. My friends and I often went on walks which really helped me heal. <br />
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Keep trying to quit! Every time you do you will learn more about quitting.

Congratulations! Thats very awesome. I am on my fourth time trying to quit and hopefully will get to a year! (Five days so far) Keep staying strong.

Im trying now. I have the patches, but will take them off to smoke a drag or a whole cigg...it sucks... everyone tells me your never going to quit..Im starting to doubt myself also.<br />
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CONGRATS TO YOU!!!!!

wow! m happy for you!!