Noon today, CDT, I celebrated 10 years smokefree...all by God's grace, the support of my family, friends, and "finding" this site a couple of weeks into my quit. Back then (2001) WebMD had Message Boards & the ease of being in close touch with moderator and fellow quitters was all that kept many of us going in our early quits. The miracles happened, tho, and, one day/hr/min/sec at a time, sometimes with a slip, but most times not, we stuck together like glue, helping each other over rough patches, welcoming newcomers to quitting, offering what worked for us hoping it might work for them. This was a "community of quitters"! Ten years later seven of us are still in contact, still supporting one another & walking every inch of life's road together via email and facebook. I truly wish others could have the experience we had back then. Because WebMD played such a major role in my quit I came in here today to say "Thank You," because without you I would either be very, very sick, or dead. As a side note, WebMD, the Magazine, featured my quit story and picture in the November 2007 issue, a source of great pride for me and my family. Thank you again.
Still a Grateful Quitter--Mary Ann Andersen
"I'd rather be a quitter with an occasional urge to smoke, than a smoker with the constant desire to quit." --from Junkie Thinkin'
Smoked 44+yrs.; smokefree 10Y, 1h, 18min; saved $19,721+; cigs not smoked: 109,561; 1Y, 2W, 2+days added to the end of my life, god willing!View Thread
Just caught your post, Eric...sure, I remember you...the unique handle stuck in my memory...very happy to hear you're still smokefree! :^) Keep up the good work. Don't know about you, but my worst day smokefree is 100% better than my best day smokin'!! ;^)
Hey, Mama...always good to see you! Yeah, life continues to throw us curveballs, amen, but the Lord is always there for us, no matter what, yes. I'm so grateful you're still smokefree, Mama...keep up the fight against demon nic(otine)...you've come too far to start believing his stinky lies. God bless you & your family...
Wow! This place has changed, for certain sure! Just stopped by to invite everybody to Nelson's (cyber) Barn & Waterplex tonight for a bash to celebrate my 9-Year Smokefree Anniversary TODAY!!! Wah-HOOOOOOOOOO! lol
By God's grace, my many friends on this board, and my supportive family I've not found it necessary to smoke since 12:00 noon, April 27th, 2001, and for that I am eternally grateful. I tried lots of ways to quit: inhaler, gum, patch, pill Welbutrin, Zyban), even an inpatient smoking cessation program, you name it...everything but hypnosis & acupuncture! What worked for me was cold turkey, deep breathing through the urges, and drinking mega-gallons of water.
That said, I believe no matter what method a person uses, you must be serious about quitting; be willing to do whatever it takes, whatever is necessary, to quit. To all my "The Land Of Smokeless" (TLOS, this place in the "old days") friends I say, "Keep up the good work!" To all new quitters I offer this for your consideration: I'd rather be a quitter with an occasional urge to smoke, than a smoker with the constant desire to quit...
Don't give up on quitting...hangeth therein (thank you, Arleen!). Do everything you can to set yourself up for success. Pamper yourself while you're quitting...who said we have to be martyrs?? Get rid of the 2x4 if you're beating yourself up for a slip or relapse...is a waste of your good energy...redirect that energy toward quitting again...much more productive, no?
If one method of quitting doesn't work try another, and another, and another until you find the one that does. Please be advised that just because a method doesn't work today doesn't mean it might not work down the road, so be willing to retry it if you need to.