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Started 6/26/22 by candrew; 13742 views.
JavaNY

From: JavaNY

7/26/22

Look at the various options when you get a chance. I tried cutting back several times and to tell the truth, it never worked for me. It seems to make me think about smoking more.

Best with everything,

Paul 

gaylesybil

From: gaylesybil

7/26/22

I love smoking, and consider it one of life's greatest pleasures.   I'm a writer/editor, and smoking has been my companion for many years, going back to the age of typewriters.

So, to leave it behind will like losing a lover.  There will be grief.

I do okay on the patch, actually.

But my immediate concern is my upcoming surgery.  I will not be able to smoke for about two days.  Or use a patch.  

Quite frankly, I'm terrified.  And it's coming up in two weeks.

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

7/26/22

Hi,

Three days. In three days, you will be free of nicotine.  While it is considered a pleasure, it is in fact an addiction.  When you are withdrawing and you take those puffs, you feel better because you have satisfied the withdrawal symptoms. I agree it is a pleasure, however by its real identity, it is addiction.

Start with three days.  No nicotine. It will be rough, but it is the addiction screaming at you.  Let it scream.  Drink ice water thru a straw. There are lots of stories here of people having the same fears, thoughts, etc.  Believe in yourself!  We believe in making the impossible possible!

JavaNY

From: JavaNY

7/26/22

Don't be terrified. You will be occupied in the hospital. Filling out forms, having your pressure checked 90 times, being prepped, so hopefully you don't think of smoking so much. And if you can get by 2 days, try to make it a week. 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

7/28/22

Have you tried Chantix? 
There may still be time for that. 
This is gonna be one of those things in life to just do. Those 48 hours are gonna go by whether you smoke or not. I honestly think there will be so much more going on for you that it will not be as bad as you are imagining now.

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)

7/28/22

Excellent post and SO TRUE!  As time continued to pass without smoking, I felt very empowered.  It is a great feeling to overcome something that has had a hold and control on your life for so long.

candrew

From: candrew

7/28/22

Wow! So many responses. I think that shows how much we all care. Knowing that this is such a big deal, we wish you the best in your efforts. I like yourself I absolutely loved smoking. Couldn't imagine life without sucking on my cigs one after the other. Woke up with one, went to bed with one, got up at all hours in the night sucking on 1-2-3 cigs before going back to bed. To say the least, I was a hopeless addict. 

No one likes to admit that they are out of control, but I have been out there most of my adult life. Never thought cigs were doing me any harm (denial, big time). Until I landed in the hospital on ICU/Life Support on a breathing machine did I even consider the remote possibility that I might want to stop the smoking. It still took me 2 years later to wake up,

Even though I "woke up" I continue to smoke. What's the deal? I have been sincerely trying to stop for the past 3 years. That is when I started visiting this site. It has been a Godsend to me. The minute I think I want to have a smoke my quit buddies are there encouraging me to rethink my decision. I have no less than 20 people that are there for me always and whenever I need them. I encourage you to connect with the community, All good people!

Good day,

Andrew

Smoke free for 10 weeks tomorrow July 29th

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)

7/28/22

Hi Andrew,

Congratulations on our 2 weeks!  I know this was a little time ago so I'm hoping you're still hanging in there.  Denim is my Quit Sister (as we quit on the same day in 2018) and she is amazing in her support of others.  Just reaching out to let you know that there are more of us that are supporting and rooting for you.  I haven't checked in as much as I've like lately so I, unfortunately, don't know your story but the posts I have read from you have been so supportive of others.  I'm hoping you're still noping and hanging tough.  

candrew

From: candrew

7/29/22

I started a reply to you and somehow I lost my screen and the message was lost. Bummer, I had a lot to say. I'll try to replicate it as best i can. 

I am going on 11 weeks tomorrow. The most I have done all year. This time around I feel very powerful and know that this is finally my time. Been on this site for 3 years and never before have I felt this strong. Something has happened to me lately.  I can't explain it, but I am experiencing some kind of spiritual awareness like never before. It feels good!

The positive energy that I have is rubbing off on everybody I come in contact with. People have remarked "what has changed in you, Andrew?" I can't explain it, but I can say is that I now believe I can do anything that I put my mind to. I'm even thinking of doing some public speaking to spread my newfound energy and enthusiasm. We'll see. 

Sure, I think about smoking. Having a cigarette is not really an option today. I have suffered long enough, and I am unwilling to take the chance of being "re-infected."

My mantra is "I just don't smoke anymore". Simple but it works for me.  

Hope this message finds you well and we'll keep in touch, for sure.

Dancing with this miracle called life.

Andrew 

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)

7/29/22

Hi Andrew,

Reading your message made me smile so big and feel so good I had to go three rooms over and retrieve my laptop so I could reply to your message.  That is exactly how I felt with my last quit.  I had tried so many times before that and the last one was just so different...I can't explain it either.  I want to try and help others to find that same "place" where no matter what, they will push through it and forever give it up.  I guess people just have to find it for themselves.

11 weeks is amazing and sure, I guess we will always maybe think about smoking because it is ingrained in us.  But to act on it is quite a different thing.  There was a time that I could never picture myself without a cigarette and now, I could never picture myself with a cigarette in my hand.  It is such a mindset change (and lifestyle change).  Takes a long time to get there and is definitely a journey, but it is so worth it.  I just want to tell people, there will be a time that you will just not even think about smoking.  Even with my husband smoking, sometimes right next to me, I feel ZERO urge to do it.  It's just not part of my life anymore and I am so grateful I was able to get to this point.  This forum was my "live or die" for my first year and I checked in with Denim, Brian, Molly, Marilyn and the mods probably 100 times a day.  

Keep doing whatever your doing because it sounds like it is empowering you to beat this addiction.  You are doing great and I will be here to support you along with all your other many quit buddies.

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