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Smoke Free Warriors 2018   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 7/31/18 by slowblumer; 274444 views.

Hey Molly,

I was gonna at least pm you before Thanksgiving so happy to hear from you here. We have to keep these buddy boards about smoking. Glad you gonna be festive since you chose not to travel for Thanksgiving. I will be with Dad on Thanksgiving since it is my day (I do Tues & Thur). I am not going out of town for Thanksgiving as I normally do. We will have a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal as I will fix chicken and dumplings...we don't need a Big meal for me and him. I will get there super early (5:30 am) so my brother can go deer hunting...that is a big Thanksgiving Day tradition in this rural area. We will not have a big family get together this yr due to Covid. I would be home alone if not at Dad's that day. I see millions are still traveling for Thanksgiving after the CDC says don't travel. I am trying to stay safe and hope to have been vaccinated and safe to celebrate my birthday in June. I have also cancelled my yearly Christmas shopping trip with my bff this year as too dangerous and I refuse to go out of town and eat in the car. I can wait however long it takes to be safe to go inside and enjoy a sit down meal in my fav restaurant. That is one thing I miss the most and big family get togethers with lots of food and fellowship. I decided not to make any more homemade ice cream until this pandemic is over. Maybe we can have a big BBQ on the 4th of July and I can make ice cream for 200 peeps like I used to. Hope it will be safe for get togethers by then. Let's keep our fingers crossed and awaiting the Biden administration to get everything set up so the vaccinations can start next year.

Wishing you a smoke-free (and Covid-free) safe Thanksgiving this year.  I actually have most of my Christmas shopping done. I always shop early. I have ordered most stuff online this year. Will make my final purchases soon so I can mail boxes by the first week in December as we will not have a Christmas get together as well. The toilet paper shortage is back!!! I am so ready for 2020 to be HISTORY!! Ready and looking forward to 2021. 

Take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will be back on here before Christmas. Your muffins and brownies sound wonderful. I am fixing banana puddings for Thanksgiving. Keeping my sweet potato pies until Christmas Day.

Even though this has been an AWFUL year, I am counting my Blessings and have hope for the future.

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflower

Hello Molly, JR, Brian, Debbie, Denim & others,

These boards are really quiet now. Think everyone is busy with holidays, the never-ending election and ready for 2020 to be history. What a year we have lived thru...and Thank God the year is almost over. Over 300k Americans have died from Covid this year but the vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel. And we made it thru without smoking...SO Thankful. 2021 is  gonna be a much better year. I am still SO thankful that I made it thru another year without smoking...still happy and joyful to be a non-smoker. Less thoughts of cigs at this time...even when I have coffee. So much other distractions going on...less time to think of cigs. My 92 Y O Dad is doing great and I am still sitting with/taking care of him 2 days per week and other days prn. It is very hard but is a true labor of love. I always think about how he took such wonderful, loving care of 6 kids and Mom most of his life. I remind myself of that each day that I take care of him. I am SO Blessed. We will not have a family Christmas celebration this year due to Covid. Keeping my foot on the gas to get thru the other side of this pandemic. Hope everyone have a wonderful safe Christmas. I will spend Christmas Day totally alone for the first time in my 67 years. I am gonna enjoy the day watching movies, eating desserts, and will wear new pjs all day. Gonna have a fun day with my doggies. Staying positive about Christmas isolation this year. Not gonna visit Dad as I will be with him 12-14 hrs on Christmas Eve. I will be tired and need rest anyway on Christmas Day. Gonna chillax the entire day. 

Stay safe and keep the faith.

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflower

Molly010

From: Molly010

12/26/20

Hello Gloria, JR, Brian, and Denim!

Hope everyone was able to at least have a peaceful Christmas this year.  No travelling to see family for me either Gloria.  Just stayed home with my boyfriend and watched some Christmas movies.  I cooked dinner and he started a fire in our wood stove.  Turned out to be a relaxing day.

It has been almost 2 1/2 years since we quit.  So happy to have survived 2020 without picking up a cigarette!  Covid numbers in Los Angeles are absolutely terrible.  My co-worker's wife is an ER doctor and they are having to set up tents with heaters outside for patients.  So many more people I know have caught the virus.  Battling Covid while being a smoker puts people at a higher risk of death or ending up on a ventilator so we are ahead of the game in that department compared to where we would have been before we quit.  

My best friend ended up getting it.  She lives in Ohio and quit smoking about 6 years ago.  She did develop pneumonia and ended up in the hospital to be put on oxygen.  The hospital was so crowded where she was that she did not have a room for 2 days.  She had to stay in an exam room.  It was scary for her because the staff was so busy with patients it was difficult to get information about her own case.  She was released after 4 days and given remdesivir.  She said she believes she got it because she started to get a bit careless about wearing a mask.  

I hope everyone is well and staying safe.  Looking forward to 2021 and another year as a non-smoker.  

BMann (bmann018)

From: BMann (bmann018)

12/27/20

Just a quick reply to wish all a happy holiday and echo everyone's wish for a better new year in 2021. Funny, I saw a tee shirt with the line, similar to rotten tomatoes, rating 2020 as one half star, not recommended for viewing.

Its been a strange year and holiday. Our boys did come over for the last week, but we agreed on a strict quarantining before hand and while we are all together. Everyone works from home these days, so isolating, (except to go to the store) was easy, no shopping malls, etc. Cross our fingers that next year will be more closely to norm.

I imagine that I would have used the COVID issue as an excuse to not quit smoking, or starting again, but thanks to this forum and all of you, I don't have to deal with that. I really don't think much about smoking. I played golf the other day with two smokers and thought how long it had been since I even smelled cigarette smoke.

I really hope all are safe and healthy and were able to share the holidays with loved ones, albeit differently this year. Let's still keep first things first this next year and have another great smoke-free year to relish. What ever comes at us, we can handle without having to light up.

Take care and stay safe.

CindiS319

From: CindiS319

12/27/20

Hello Friends and Happy Holidays!  It was really nice to see the post from Brian.  I do miss you all and haven't checked in for a while.  Not too much has changed here in snowy Ohio.  Still working from home....grateful to have my job because we've laid off so many people.  With no foreclosures, my company's business is really hurting.  I know it's just temporary but our staff is down to the bare minimum.  Happy I've survived so far.

Holidays were so-so.  Didn't see my daughter or family.  My parents are struggling with health issues down in Alabama and refuse to come back to Ohio.  They are so dang stubborn so I'm dealing with that frustration.  Hubby is still smoke, smoke, smoking away.  Sometimes I'm jealous and think about having just one, but I know what that will lead to and I'm never going back there.  Also still dealing with putting on weight so I need to get that in check pretty soon (before I grow out of my fat clothes....LOL).  Other than all that, things are good.  wink

One other funny note, I just finished the Queens Gambit on Netflix (great show!) and it just struck me funny how EVERYONE in the 60's was smoking everywhere.  It was crazy and so socially accepted.  Just a random thought I wanted to post.

Hope everyone is safe and healthy and enjoying the holidays.  Sending big hugs to all of you!!

Rassister

From: Rassister

12/27/20

Hello Everyone,  

I was so happy to see Brian,s  note to say hello to all.   Happy New year!   Will be so happy when this year ends.   I am happy to share with all of you that I have absolutely no need for cigarettes at all.   The price per pack here in VA is almost seven dollars.   I have gained  50 pounds and was given a “Noom “ app so I am trying to lose a bit of weight.   More good news is that my youngest 34 years old) went back to school to become a teacher and is no longer on a street.   In a program to deal with the drug addiction.   His wife has taken him back in but he has many expectations he must follow in order to stay.  “My three grand babies” are no longer babes.  Kathryn is now in kindergarten, Owen will be three in April and Charlotte will be 2 in February.   I have not been able to see them in person since 2/25/2020.   Thank goodness for FaceTime. To say I am sad is an understatement.  Cindi, I feel so bad for you not seeing your daughter.   I hope that your parents will soon end up with you and closer to you at some time soon.      
I was teaching in March Of 2020 and was thrown into virtual teaching.   At 61, I was totally unprepared for working with disabled children using a computer but survived and taught during the summer of 2020 as well.   My program allowed disabled kids back into the building in October dur to aspecial Education Law.  I continue to struggle with technology but am  in the classroom and on 3 support plans.   My principal told me that he will keep me until the end of the year.   Anyway, this is my last year in teaching.   I am hoping to somehow learn to work or foster dogs when I leave this field.   I made is 38 years.  In the meantime, my divorce is final as of 12/17/20.   I will be moving back to Maryland or NC in June.    Overall, I am ok.   I am proud that I did not go back to smoking.   I did start drinking for about a month but it had no appeal.  Many now, are on CBD oil.   I am trying to stay away for that.  Suffered a concussion on October 30th at work,   One of our students (disability) had a breakdown and slammed my head into the door frame.   I am waiting for MRI.   I did not want to end on a negative note.    I want to thank all of you and all those who were with us along the way for saving my life.    It was a journey worth taking and will never forget all of you.    If any of you see this, please pass on to Cazza and Suzie   It will be three years this February.   I cannot believe it. The quit and my fellow support system saved my life !   Thank you.Sending hugs to all.   Happy New Year 2021.   2020 cannot go away fast enough  

Marilyn 

gkim

From: gkim

12/27/20

I just remembered that I went to the mall for last minute shopping. Parked the car and was just about to get out but I saw a man sitting in his car smoking a cigarette. He finished and got out of the car and walked away. Oh my, how I always did that! Before going inside to any place I had to smoke to get my fill. I sure don’t miss that as well as a lot of other inconvenient things smoking created. So happy about all of this!

gkim

From: gkim

12/27/20

That’s got to be so hard to live with someone who smokes. I hope he at least smokes outside. Keep up your strength!

CindiS319

From: CindiS319

12/27/20

Thank you.  He does now (not smoking in the house) but didn't at first.  We just bought a new car and I told him no way is he smoking in the car.  It's tough sometimes but I'm hoping I'm past all of that.  Like Marilyn, it will be 3 years this upcoming Spring.  I still have passing thoughts.  

Marilyn, so good to see you.  Wow that's so much!  I actually didn't know your kids had so much going on.  If they are anything like you, I'm sure they will get through it.  

CC to Rassister
BMann (bmann018)

From: BMann (bmann018)

12/28/20

Thanks for your reply. It's been a while since I was actively exchanging posts with fellow quitters, but this forum was my life line for several months a couple years ago and I still like to connect with the friends I made here. It appears that you are doing everything you can to attack this addiction.  I always remembered Winston Churchills quote, "When you are in hell, keep going!" We all hung on each other and many of us have been smoke free for years now and I foresee you being in the same crowd as you win this battle. 

After all the times I tried to quit over 40 years of smoking, this forum led to my only success and it has been a while since I thought about cigarettes or smoking, I love it. Living in Oregon, USA here, we don't have the number of smokers that many other states or countries may have, but since I live on a golf course and play often, I do run into smokers. I don't evangelize quitting to others, but certainly note the smell of smoke. I can't believe my past life was surrounded by that smell, in the car, on my clothes, etc.

I needed to believe the following to quit, "IT WILL GET BETTER AND I CAN DO THIS!!" Once I truly believed this, I was able, with the help of fellow quitters here to hang on until the magic happened - the addiction went away and I began to live without thinking about cigarettes.  If you are having any troubles, do not hesitate to reach out to the March 2018 Warriors and one of us will reply as soon as possible. Good luck and never give in.

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