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17 Years on August 23rd!   One Year and Beyond Milestones

Started Aug-26 by SlySatyr9; 1468 views.
SlySatyr9

From: SlySatyr9

Aug-26

On 08/23/2004 I took my 15 year old German Shepherd Heidi down into our (luxuriously appointed HA!) basement and metaphorically chained us both to the water pipes.  Both of us were determined that I should kick Nicodemon to the curb and join the NOPE Brigade forever.

Fortunately I found the former chat forum About.com moderated by such angels as Terry, Michelle, Dee and many others.  I also fortuitously fell into the company of the mighty 2004 Augustinians, a motley crew of fellow travelers who became my personal family within the forumily.  They were a caring bunch of articulate, thoughtful, encouraging moral supporters who gladly gave of themselves and were a key part of a successful quit.  I cannot thank them enough!!

Heidi almost made it to the Clubhouse with me but on the worst day of my life decided to take a trip over the Rainbow Bridge a couple of weeks early.  At least by then her furry self was smoke free!

Cocoa60

From: Cocoa60

Sep-4

Congrats on 17 years, I'm right behind you, coming up on 15 years.  Sorry about Heidi.  I just

lost Brandy to a cancer tumor in her leg in July.  She walked with me almost every day.  One

of my closest friends in this world.  Cigs are in my thoughts anymore.

xvaper

From: xvaper

Sep-4

Congratulations SlySatyr9. I am only 9 weeks in but I want to become a none smoker for good! You inspire me.

SlySatyr9

From: SlySatyr9

Sep-5

Thank you Cocoa60 and congratulations on 15 years smoke free.  We are both proof that one can kick the habit and maintain a long term quit.  My commiserations also on the loss of Brandy. To me it is amazing how our furbabies worm their way into our heart and take a piece of it with them when they leave.  I sincerely hope you find a rescue that you can love as much as you did Brandy.

Saturnine Sly 

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SlySatyr9

From: SlySatyr9

Sep-5

Thank you xvaper and congratulations to you too for a solid nine weeks.  That is certainly nothing to sneeze at and you will find yourself getting stronger with each day you stay "smober," One thing that helped me was to set very minor goals and then find little ways to reward myself for achieving them - a way to replace the "reward cigarette." I also kept telling myself that the 100% guaranteed cast-iron road to success was NOPE!  Hold fast to that and you will do great.

Saturnine Sly

xvaper

From: xvaper

Sep-5

Thank you so much for your support and advice!

Denim50

From: Denim50

Sep-7

 

Hey Slysatyr9, 

I’m sorry to hear about Heidi. Though special furbabies can not ever be replaced in our hearts, I hope you found another special furbaby to share your heart and their love. 

Congratulations on seventeen years smoke free! That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for posting about it, giving us the chance to celebrate with you, and for lending your support and inspiration to everyone following along. Keep leading the way…. 

Have a great day. relaxed 

 

  • Edited September 7, 2021 7:59 am  by  Denim50
SlySatyr9

From: SlySatyr9

Sep-7

Thank you very much Denim and congratulations to you on three and a half years of no smoking.  By now you should have definitely found the "peace" that comes after the travails of the quit.  Kudos too on you clever use of graphics!

It took a couple of years to get over Heidi.  Then came Roxie - a wild and rambunctious rescue who stayed with us for almost fourteen years:

The current mischief maker of the household is 13 lbs of Dachshund tweeny mix from Mostly Mutts: Sir Barxalot Knight of the Oblong (Kitchen) Table).  


I heartily recommend anyone who is quitting smoking to get a dog (or some other lovable pet) as their traveling companion.  It is virtually impossible to get depressed when you have a dog beside you!

Saturnine Sly

Diana (DianaSaigo)

From: Diana (DianaSaigo)

Sep-19

wow!  17 years!!!!!  i cant even imagine!  that is a huge achievement!  just wow!!!

 the longest quit i have had is 3 1/2 years...and yes i was stupid...will tell anybody that!  shouldnt have ever started smoking again...

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Sep-20

What made you decide to pick up a smoke after 3 1/2 years?  If you don't mind sharing.  I am mindful of so many end up back to smoking after years and want to get an idea of how this happens.  I am 1 year 8 months so well into it but a bit worried too.

Thx for sharing. 

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