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So glad I’m ahead of the game   General Chit-Chat

Started Mar-24 by turtles; 401 views.
cherbearquit

From: cherbearquit

Mar-24

That is my favorite quote as well! Every time those thoughts or cravings hit I always thought of this quote to bring things in perspective. It definitely feels great to be free from that nasty addiction. And with all of the craziness associated with this virus, it feels good not having to worry about trying to get to the store, since we have been ordered to stay in our homes. I also like to think that by quitting, I have given my body and lungs more strength to fight if I do get the virus. Stay healthy!

Quit 12/6/19

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

Mar-25

Hey Turtles,

 It is wonderful to hear from you!  That quote is my all time favorite as well, which I think I got from your list of inspirational quotes.  It kept me motivated thru the first few months!  Are you feeling amazing being so close to the clubhouse?  I know you had a good quit going before a relapse, however, I applaud you turning that relapse into a learning opportunity and added it to your quit toolbox.  A few more steps......

JerseyDee

From: JerseyDee

Mar-25

Good for you in nearing in on a year.  You are in inspiration to me.  And good news that at day 103 you stopped getting cravings .. look forward to that day I can say that.

Have a pleasant smoke free day!  

DebraAnne60

From: DebraAnne60

Mar-25

A full year - that is excellent, CONGRATULATIONS and WELL DONE.  I too quit cold turkey but I didn't find it very painful or difficult.  It wasn't until about the second month that I started having to deal with the crave waves.  

So how do you feel a year out?  Any hard craves still bothering you or have they pretty much disappeared?  People on this forum often talk about a peace that replaces all the anxiety of quitting.  Some say its 4 months, other say 8 or 10 months.  A few haven't felt it even after 14 months.  Did you also experience a peace during your quit journey and, if you did, can you say when?

Also, how long did you smoke before you quite?  Do you think it matters how long a person was a smoked in relation to how difficult it is to quit? 

Love to hear from you.   CHeers

turtles

From: turtles

Mar-26

I definitely do not have any hard or really even soft craves.  I really don’t ever think about smoking unless I’m on this forum.  Every once in a while the “sense” of a cigarette occurs, no desire just kind of like a ghost nearby. I also do not have or experienced a peace unless that is the feeling when you realize every so often that you don’t think about it or miss it at all.  It’s a true freedom. I smoked for forty years so I consider that a true blessing.

Craftyhels

From: Craftyhels

Mar-26

Me too Turtles. Im a great believer that things happen for a reason and I decided to quit in February purely because I want to learn to ski next February. How glad am I now that I made that decision. Whatever that thing is out there it is very apparent that we need healthy lungs if we are going to have any chance of fighting it off! As you say to be ahead of the game feels great and if any one of us needs a reminder of why we need to stick with our quits we just need to think of all the poor souls around the world fighting for every breath due to the virus xx stay safe everyone xx

turtles said:

I Love the quote "If I have just one I will be right back where I started; and where I started was desperately wishing I could be where I am today".

Hi turtles,

I love that quote too.  I had it all over my house when I quit and must have written it out in my journal 100 times that first year.  You have a huge milestone coming up .  The clubhouse is waiting for you.

                              

DebraAnne60

From: DebraAnne60

Mar-26

Hi Turtles, thanks for responding to my questions.  I think the peace is when you realize that you are not thinking of smoking or miss it at all.  The first days, weeks and even months, it is almost all you think about so, if a time comes where you no longer think of it then that would indeed be peaceful.  I look forward to that. 

If I may, another question, have you experienced a noticeable improvement in your breathing after long walks or going up and down stairs.  Did you have anything like wheezing or shortness of breath before you quit and, if so, do you now notice a significant improvement.  I appreciate your insight into these matters.  

Congratulations on your Key to the Clubhouse.    Cheers!

turtles

From: turtles

Mar-26

I definitely was wheezing before I quit, I could hear a whistle when I breathed out.  After I quit, I heard nothing and exercising, walking up hills got easier and easier.   Funny you should ask because now I cough a little, could hear a little wheezing and asked Dr if I should see a pulmonologist.  She said no, your xrays are fine...normal as the cilia clean out your lungs.  It took a year....

DebraAnne60

From: DebraAnne60

Mar-26

I have read that sometimes it takes quite a long time.  I thought I would notice a difference a lot sooner than now but apparently I have a ways to go since I was also smoking some 40 years.  I was just wondering if you found the same thing.  Damaged cilia for years and years, I guess we have to expect healing to take a few years.  I count ourselves lucky that any healing can take place at all.  I will be happy to get this monkey of my back.  

Cheers Turtles

      

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