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Denim   General Chit-Chat

Started 9/10/19 by alreadysick; 2970 views.

Awesome Post! You continue to inspire and inform all quitters! All your great slogans, messages and pictures continue to help so many people thinking of taking the plunge. Congratulations on 19 months . You've proven that you are no sissy! relaxed

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)


Gosh, where to start.  Such an amazing post, Denim, and a big congratulations on 19 months free.  I hope life is settling down for you and all those you love are doing well now.  Thank you again for all you do here, all your help and encouragement that you give.  It is so greatly appreciated. Big hugs being sent to you !!

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From: CindiS319


Great message my quit sister!  Big hugs to you and here we are on to our 20th month!  


From: Denim50


Hey Jan, 

     Thank you! It is difficult and it’s true that it was the first port of call for most of us. However, as you know, it is doable. We can get past it, and as we do, what we find is that the more times we get beyond or through those negative things without smoking it makes us a little bit stronger and that strength adds up, as it starts to dawn on us that we’ve managed to get through them and past them on our own without that “crutch”. That we, on our own, were strong enough and that it wasn’t really needed after all. That, we did it! In turn, that bit of strength boost our confidence in our quits, and more importantly in ourselves and our ability. It becomes easier the more we do that and the further we distance ourselves from it until we’ve found we’ve gained freedom. You are doing this and you’re doing great. Seven months smoke free is awesome! Stay strong and keep going. Again, thanks so much for the congratulations. Hope you’re having a wonderful day. Talk again soon.  


  • Edited October 12, 2019 10:30 am  by  Denim50

From: Denim50


Hey Michele, 

     Thank you! I’m so sorry you’re going through that. I remember when we (March Warriors 2018) we’re going through it and how hard it was. I’ve been told by one friend that it’s vague after all this time. Frankly, I try to recall so as not to put myself through that again, geez. As I said, I’m sorry that you’re at that difficult point, but you must focus on the positive. The fact that you’ve come so far, that if you continue to stay strong you will get through this too. That another month will arrive and you can get beyond this. Tell yourself that it’s the nicotine recognizing that you’re moving ahead in life without it and that your body is healing from it. You are winning. Keep doing what you’re doing taking each day individually and stay in the moment, a minute at a time. You can do this! It will pass and it truly does get easier. We’re all here cheering you on. Tell yourself that you’ve stood up and came through everything life has brought your way so far, and you’ve rode out those hurricanes, and you can kick nicotine’s ___ too. You are strong! It doesn’t know who it’s messing with but it’ll find out. And I will happily celebrate your next milestone with you again next month. Keep going and don’t fall for those thoughts it provides. It’s a bully and it lies. You deserve better than that. You came at this quit with such determination and have maintained it. As I said, I have no doubt that you can do this and succeed. We’re all here for you. Sending so many good wishes and positive thoughts your way. Big hug.  



From: 4quitness


Thank you so much! I could never disappoint my family and supporters on this forum after all this time, but mostly I can't disappoint myself. I will make it through this, because this is my first and my only quit . There will be no starting over. I don't have it in me to suffer this much again. 

You are some of the others on this forum are my heroes. I appreciate each and very one of you more than I can say. We are all survivors of a horrible war. All of us have the choice of coming out the other side victorious!


Killed the beast 7/9/19


From: Denim50


Hey Debbie, 

     Thank you. The same can be said for you and far longer. You have helped and continue to help so many here, myself included, and continue to be a such great support to all. Sending love and gratitude back to you.  



From: Denim50


Hey Brenda, 

     It’s not exactly smooth sailing yet but the waters are noticeably calming. Thankfully. You’re doing great and what you do here is appreciated too. Thank you. I’m so sorry I missed your first milestone celebration but I’m looking forward to joining the celebration of your next one. Keep going and keep doing what you’re doing because you’re doing amazing. Big hugs to you too!

Have a great day. 



From: Denim50



     YAY US! Congratulations to us quit sister but we are triplets, which begs the question,  We need our quit brother to stop by too. Over a year and a half! I remember how happy we were about celebrating one year and here we are heading closer to two. Amazing! I also remember what we went through together. What a ride! It was worth it though and I feel so Blest to be one the March triplets, along with you and Mike. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of quit buddies and friends than our entire March group. I’m so glad we were on that roller coaster together and have been sharing the journey together since. It’s SO GREAT to see you and Brian are back posting again. I hope everyone returns for the second year celebration. As I said in the post, I love you all. Big hugs.   



From: Rassister


Hi Denim,

I am so sorry to see that your family has been going through so much.  I hope that everyone is doing better and healing.  . I know that it is awful when we are sick and not able to care for others.  It sounds like August and September have been awful for you.  Sending you and your family healing thoughts and blessings. I had to sit hear and use fingers to figure out how long I have been smoke free.  It is hard to believe that we are celebrating our nine month Smoke free anniversary.   I have been busy at work.  Same old same old.   Not worth complaining anymore.  I am happy to be employed I suppose. I am very happy to share with you that my forum name “Rassister” (my sister who just turned 74) stopped smoking in July after smoking for over 50 years.   She used a different method and has many difficult days and months ahead of her.   However, I am very happy for her.  She does not like to talk about it (we are all different) and said she would let me know how she is doing at Christmas!   Charlotte is already 7 months old and a cute baby.   Great personality as well. I don’t get up there as much as I would like to but all 3 kiddos are doing great. My youngest son is having a very difficult time dealing with some personal problems and his health.  Even though he is an adult, it is difficult not being a mom and wishing that I could do something to make things better.  Hoping time will heal and that he will reach out for help when he is able.  I think of Suzie’s son often.  I also think of you and Brian,Cyndi and all the others who kicked the habit in 2018/2019.  It was the toughest thing we ever did but looking back, I am so grateful that we all met and did this together.  To anybody just starting your journey to quit smoking, believe in yourself and just take it one minute, one hour and one day at a time.  It is so worth it! 

Hugs and healing thoughts from me to you and your family