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November 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started Oct-31 by Terry (abquitsmking); 21424 views.
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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Vickie106

From: Vickie106

Dec-28

I hear you.  I get hit with the occasional strong urge too.  But it is definitely mental/emotional rather than physical.  And, I think those are what trips quitters up.  We were prepared for the physical withdrawal in the beginning.  We were constantly on guard.  Now, we’ve relaxed a little and then Wham, that emotional need for a crutch/pacifier rears it’s head.  I do think it gets better for most people, but it could take 6 months to a year before we’ve stamped out most of the triggers to smoke.  We just have to be aware that an urge could hit and be prepared to deal with it.  I plan to be here next November celebrating a year and hope to see the rest of my quit buddies here too!

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gkim

From: gkim

Dec-28

I really relate to what you’re saying. I feel very much the same. Well, I should I say did. Yesterday was a slow day for me do I decided to read some journals snd quit stories on this forum. I’m glad I read them because I was reminded of the reason why I quit. I don’t know what will happen to me in terms of what damages have been already done snd from what I understand, you could have quit years ago but the disease such as emphysema or cancer can appear at any time. I know that I cannot blame anyone but myself if that does happen and to tell myself the truth, it’s a wonder I’m relatively healthy considering how much I abused my body. What’s done is done but I won’t make it worse by smoking again. Some of the stories really brought tears to my eyes. They are snd were all so brave. I will think of them when an urge hits!

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gkim

From: gkim

Dec-30

My November friends and everyone! Happy new year! I wish you health, joy, and peace!

Vickie106

From: Vickie106

Dec-30

Happy New Year to you!  I’m looking forward to a smoke free year!

Allamer1980

From: Allamer1980

Dec-30

When they say it’s a roller coaster and everyone journey is different...I can assure you that is accurate. I will be 3 months tomorrow; often have that urge but it’s not overpowering. I know I’m not a tobacco/nicotine addict anymore. 

All the side effects that I endure from the beginning are longer present and it’s such a great feeling! So keep it up everyone and it is better ! 

gkim

From: gkim

Jan-1

Happy New Year! I am excited to begin this year as a non smoker! 

Vickie106

From: Vickie106

Jan-1

Congratulations on 3 months!  That must feel awesome!

Have a Happy, smoke free New Year!

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