IF I CAN DO IT ANYONE CAN

When I was 9 I tried my first smoke due to peer pressure. I didn't pick up another smoke until I was 15 and started smoking heavily to the point I was up to a pack a day.

I quit in 2006 for a month, not because I wanted to but because my ex made me. My sisters ex came up to me and asked me if I wanted a smoke. I told him I was a non-smoker. The whole day I kept thinking about that smoke and how good it would be to just have one (bad mistake remember: NOPE). That one turned into one on the weekends and then one once a day. I was eventually right back up to a pack a day. I am almost 35 so almost 20 years smoking.

A year ago I went for a Pulmonary Test. The doctor told me that if I continued to smoke I would end up with COPD. My breathing was like an 80 year old woman. I have asthma and was going through them every 2 weeks.

I didn't want to quit at that point in time. Back in January of this year, I finally got a family doctor and still at that point had not been thinking about quitting. You know how it is, you go to see your doctor and they tell you "you should quit smoking". She referred me a Health Nurse for smoking cessation. I started QuitCore workshop (every Thursday) with a group of people (I found this really helpful in changing the way I thought about smoking and reworking my brain).

I was not very confident at that point to quit smoking. My doctor asked me a few questions that hit home and asked why I would want to quit smoking. I knew that I didn't want to end up with COPD and I wanted to live to see my kids grow and their kids grow. I was spending over $400.00 a month on a stick that would eventually kill me.

I could only come up with one reason why I was smoking (stress relief, relaxation which pretty much are one and the same) and a million reasons why I wanted to quit.

I made the choice then that I would give it an honest to goodness try (and this time it was my choice). I set my quit date for February first. I saw my doctor again mid January and she prescribed me Champix. I started Champix on January 16, 2018. Smokes started to taste really gross.

I still wasn't confident that I could quit smoking. But I was determined and this time it was my choice (though still not confident).

Even the day before I quit I was not very confident to quit. But I kept telling myself that I can do this.

Here I am today, One month and one week in and I feel great. I still get my urges but I keep telling myself why I quit. I really hope this is my forever quit. I do not have the smokers hack any more, however, I am still coughing stuff up.

I still have the urges but remind myself WHY.

I was able to sit with my grandma smoking in front of me. And now I can have a few beers without the urge to smoke.

I also have been using the Quick Mist to help the really bad cravings. Better than picking up a cig in my opinion.

I am pretty proud that I have made it this far and I know that it will take a lot to get me to smoke again.



Advice

Make yourself of list of why you like smoking, why you want to quit, benefits of smoking and benefits of quitting. Come up with a plan for the urges of smoking and how you will handle them.

I never thought I could do it, however, if you have determination and the will power ANY ONE CAN QUIT IF I CAN. Keep positive. :)

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IF I CAN DO IT ANYONE CAN
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