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November 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

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fortemdomina

From: fortemdomina

Dec-20

Congratulations!  Woot!  I am just behind you.  I celebrated 3 weeks on Friday, so I will be 4 weeks on Christmas day and officially a month 2 days after Christmas.  That is an amazing accomplishment.  Be proud!

Vickie106

From: Vickie106

Dec-20

Thanks, I’m hoping now that I have a month behind me I won’t be so fixated on counting the days(hours, minutes).  blush  I know the next few days are going to be a challenge as my family is still trying to figure out a safe way to gather for Christmas.  
 

Anyway, congratulations to you too!  Glad we’re still hanging in there, as several seem to have dropped off.  Hope they try again.

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F4ul

From: F4ul

Dec-23

Hey, guys I'm an ex smoker I'm 20 years old soon to be 21 I started smoking in Dec 2018 but it was doing it very less almost once a month type then I didn't smoke till March 2019 properly (almost at all) and I started to smoke heavily after that for a month and later like one or two when I used to go out till June where for a week I went on a bender of smoking and later I left it for almost 2 months with smoking barely just once a week or so in moderation after that I kinda started to full blown smoke for months but never smoked more than a packet a day form August to December and again decided to try to quit so in December I just smoked once a week sort of till I hit January and on realising that I have been smoking for a year I started to get bit worried so feb and March 2020 was kinda went into trying to quit and relapsing but I did start to cut a lot on my smoking on March 18 I realised that I really need to do something and I went cold turkey but then I relapsed again in August 2020 and I smoke like half a cigarette 3-4 times and then started to quit again and and kinda smoked once in September and then again quit finally relapsed in November after smoking a half cigarette. I just wanna know how much damage I have done to myself how much nicotine I might still have in my body what are my chances of never relapsing again and how should I try to heal my brain and lungs now. Please anyone answer because I'm real paranoid about my health and I need facts asap 

gkim

From: gkim

Dec-23

I’m probably not the best person to answer your questions since I’m fairly a newbie - 49 days today but as far as healing what’s been damaged is just time not smoking. Some damages you’ve done are irreversible but sooner you don’t smoke the better it is. The good news is our body does heal with time generally. You can find lots of information snd answers on this site. I read somewhere here that I should go and get a low dose lung X-ray, which I did. If you’re lungs are good, it’s a good baseline to have and if it shows some damage at least you can start to tear it early on. My physical withdrawals went away after one to two weeks. After that it’s just all psychological. Good luck and when urges hit come here and type instead. 

overdoze

From: overdoze

Dec-24

Great job being 49 days quit. Im trying to complete my 1 day today i make it 6-7 days and then pick it up again. Im just tired of smoking, cleaned out my apartment today, hopefully getting ready for a great new yeAR FASt approaching. Your right that first few weeks are the toughest.. Have a nice holiday..

Overdoz quit 12-24-2020

gkim

From: gkim

Dec-24

That’s good you’re not giving up on trying to quit. Not having any cigarettes around the house is important. To get it you have to go through a lot yo get them so hopefully during that time you’ll come to your senses. Be strong. You can beat this! Happy holidays 

Itspainful

From: Itspainful

Dec-26

Your on off smoking is so frequent it got me all mix up already lol. but here are some info maybe that can help you.

1. it takes 3 days totally no smoking for the system to repel all nicotine in the body

2. chances of relapse... sorry if you smoke for a long time, that damn craving will always be there. the difference is the longer u dont smoke, the weaker the craving will become. There are people who quit for few years that suddenly get an urge to smoke - but they all manage to get it under control

3. There are only 2 permanent damage you can do to your lungs but I didn't really bother cause quit is so damn hard. So last thing I wanna worry is that one of the permanent damage is I may not have as many sac as normal human that can absorb same amount of oxygen. So what? take deeper breath then! lol

4. It takes around 5 to 7 days for your body to quit smoking after that the next few months you are just fighting with your damn brain. some stupid website said it takes only 1 month for your brain receptor to get back to normal level. The fact is it takes 3 months!!! (yes done hell lots of google) Only when receptor is back to normal, mental craving is very under control - but it's a lie if someone say disappear. Today is my day 118 of quit smoking, the craving is under control but it's still there!!  But this is also gotta do with luck. Some people just have the harder to quit gene and I'm the chosen one.

5. No study say if it is more or less damaging to the body if you relapse and quit and relapse. Our scientist is just not doing a good job on this subject. Just imaging you are eating unhealthy for few weeks and then normal few weeks. The damage should be around that level

6. For me to quit, i tried and failed few times. This time I locked myself in my no smoking bedroom for 1 weeks and then i started workout. Workout helps to eliminate the craving and I can happily eat (one of my withdrawals), in the past 2 mths, whatever not feeling well I just blame it on withdrawal and I did have around 6 types of withdrawals and some are painful

7. Today after more than 3 months, I'm still fighting. Yes willpower is all gone after months of torture from the quit and long forgotten why I quit. I just continue to quit... The nicotine is seriously powerful  

gkim

From: gkim

Dec-27

Oh wow my November Quitters, today is the last Sunday of 2020! It sure was interesting to say the least but we are still standing and best of all, we are now standing without a cigarette in our hands. It seems crazy to me that I have 53 days today. I really didn’t think I could ever not smoke. (Am I saying that right? Well, you know what I mean.) I know this coming year will be kind of scary with just being diagnosed with emphysema and with the upcoming appointment with a pulmonologist but it couldn’t be worse than if I kept smoking. It’s all up from here, in my opinion. Anyways, Happy New Year, my quit buddies. I hope you are still with me. I wish you the best!!

Vickie106

From: Vickie106

Dec-27

Hi, well I’m  still here and now at 39 days.  Big congratulations on 53 days!  I’m so thrilled and thankful to be going into the new year no longer a smoker!  I’m so proud of all of us!  
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope the appointment goes well.  
 

fortemdomina

From: fortemdomina

Dec-28

Yes, I am still with you.  Today marks 31 days for me.  Yesterday was my one month anniversary.  I have been struggling a bit in the past week to 10 days with stronger desires and urges to smoke than I had in the previous two weeks.  On the one hand it is disheartening, as I hoped that one month free would see a lessening not a strengthening, but it means I am continuing to heal.

I know this is something psychological rather than physical, although the sensations are physical, with mild panic attacks throughout the day.  I will re read Alan Carr and repeatedly remind myself why I quit. 

This is harder than the beginning because I think my greatest fear and the one that still haunts me is the idea that I will ALWAYS miss smoking.  We've all been somewhere with that person who says "Oh, I quit x number of years ago, but I would love a smoke.  I just can't have one."  The idea of continuing to experience these cravings and such for YEARS is what terrifies me.   I am trying to focus on today only, but that is not something I am very good at.  I keep telling myself that soon this will pass, that I will not feel this forever.  

One month down.  Hopefully peace will come in the next 2-3 months, but for now, I am having another smoke free day, which is all it takes to make a day great.

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