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Carolyn
Quit 4,818 days ago

Lucky 13 years! But my quit did not happen by luck!

March 15, 2019
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Lucky 13 years! But my quit did not happen by luck!

Wow – here I am at 13 years quit – not since I was a child have I been quit this long as I started smoking at age 12. I debated writing a ramble this year because I thought what else can I write so I asked DH for suggestions and he said for me to teach, tell people what can happen if they do not quit. I will try not to be preachy, but still keep it real. When I quit 13 years ago it had to be after almost a year of the doctor nagging me before the heart attack, I might not live to quit after. I could not breathe when I walked any distance or at a fast pace. I could not climb a flight of stairs or walk up a hill without using an inhaler. I still remember the summer I had pneumonia. I smoked less but still smoked. I remember having to go into the hospital to have a breathing treatment because I had the beginning of COPD. I thought it was Asthma; I walked out of the hospital and had a smoke, how crazy was I. Not crazy, addicted and my drug was impacting my ability to breathe and let’s be honest if you can’t breath you can’t live let alone do activities that you enjoy that require movement. Quitting was not easy. Messed with my depression, impacted my sleep but with this final quit, I finally quit playing with quitting and got down to it. I would quit for hours, days, weeks on previous attempts and make an excuse to smoke. Still unable to breathe well, but kept coming up with the excuses to smoke. There is never a reason to smoke folks. Addiction is lying to you, as I say you have to get past the smoke screen to see the lies of addiction. We cannot romance the smoke; the smoke has never given us anything. It tries to take credit for all you do for yourself. You do not love smoking, you love the relief you feel when you smoke and I have to keep it real. Smoking causes smoking. You crave because you smoked not because you quit, period. As many know, my DH lost his right leg due to a diabetic related infection. I am proud to say that not once during this time have I thought of smoking. Thankfully, he has never smoked because if he did the problems, he has would be so much worse. While he was in the hospital, I overheard a doctor speaking to a patient. He was telling them if they kept smoking, they were likely to lose a leg. It was just another thing in the long list of what smoking gives us, none of it good. Asthma, COPD, cancer, stroke, heart attacks, artery problems and I am sure many other things as well as poor to no quality of life. I would not want to be out hiking with an oxygen tank attached to me. I want to be honest. I do not think I would be alive today if I had not quit smoking 13 years ago. We suffer; I suffered when quitting because we smoked not because we quit. We were not born with a sickerette in our mouths and it is addiction that makes it hard to quit. I can walk upstairs, I can walk for miles up and down hills hiking. I can exercise and even when sick, I seldom require an inhaler anymore. Quitting is not easy – I admit that – but I do not imagine dying is either and for most of us smoking is a death sentence. The price of us dying is paid not only by us, but also those we love, as they will have to watch us die. Join me on the Freedom Road. Life is not perfect there but it is so much better then being tied to a sickerette that is killing us. Quitting is doable. We can all quit! Shout out a big HELL NO to smoking today and get it done. You will in time, be happy you did. Loud and proud at 13 years Cara D4748

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  • Terry1963
    Quit 343 days ago
    2 months ago #

    As a reward for quitting your body gave you 13 years plus the 2 years, and 11 months of life saved. That's a lot of life that you gave back to yourself, and your loved ones. You also continue to bless us each day with your wisdom. Cheers to another 13 years!!

  • BobbieB
    Quit 459 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Congrats Carolyn! Hope you will do something special for yourself! You have help many along the way during those years im sure! Myself included! Congrats again! :)

  • AileenA
    Quit 76 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Congratulations Carolyn!!!! Thank you for sharing with us...you are such an inspiration. Congratulations again and wish you many more years of saying HELL NO to smoking!!! xoxoxo

  • Brian3
    2 months ago #

    Congrats for achieving this super milestone. Thanks for all you do for this community. Love your story. Are you OK if I copy it and make it available in the story section as well.

    Have a great day, Brian (AlbertaQuits)

    • Carolyn
      Quit 4,818 days ago
      2 months ago #

      Please feel free to post it. I do not have a profile to put it in here

      • Brian3
        2 months ago #

        Thanks. I have posted it for you.

        Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • Shan054
    Quit 94 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Congratulations Carolyn! Thank you for caring enough about others to spend so much of your time sharing and helping us. We need to hear your wisdoms!

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,727 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Balloons and cake Carolyn! I have been inspired by your numbers from the start and I totally get that beating your last quit number is meaningful. Any quit can be lost and any quit can be the forever quit. We thought that smoking was a choice when in fact it was drug dependency. Blind to the financial and physical harm. I was knocking on the door of heart disease so your posts and kind words may have prevented more then one heart attack. Thank you.

  • M
    MammaD
    Quit 164 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Congratulations Carolyn, you truly are an inspiration to all of us on this site. I enjoy reading your stories and receiving your encouragement. 13 years wow. Here is a cheer to you and I hope you do something really nice for yourself to celebrate this achievement!

  • tman55
    Quit 1,857 days ago
    2 months ago #

    I tip my hat!!

  • Karinbast
    Quit 142 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Big shout out to you Carolyn!! You've inspired and helped so many. We are so luck to have you here with us! Thank you for your story. Enjoy your day and do something fun and special for yourself for an amazing journey.

  • Sarah9
    Quit 76 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Congratulations Carolyn. Thank you for your inspiration and kindness to share. You deserve all the happiness and freedom the past 13 years have given you.

  • Tess
    Quit 600 days ago
    2 months ago #

    "Loud & Proud" as you well should be!! With much appreciation & gratitude for putting your heart & time into this site and helping so many of us trying to follow in your footsteps. At the risk of being redundant, you ARE truly inspirational oxo

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