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So Thankful

Posted by Jenny78 Nov 25, 2020

I just want to give a big thank you to this Website and to the great group of people that helped me with my quit 8 years ago. Today is my smokeaversary. If not for all of you I might not be here today. I love you all ♥♥♥

Jenny78

Im still here!!

Posted by Jenny78 May 26, 2019

Wow!!! It’s been almost 2years since I have been on this site. Well, I have been so busy not smoking and enjoying life without my sickorettes and not thinking about smoking that I have not needed to get on here every day like in the beginning. I just want everyone to know that if it wasn’t for the ex community that I would not be 6 1/2 years clean. I feel so great and thankful to wake up every morning to see another smoke free day. Thank you everyone for getting me here to where I am today. God Bless everyone this holiday weekend and remember no smoking!!

11/25/12

I have been trying to understand this site for a few weeks now since everything has changed and can't seem to find my old blogs etc.  So just wanted to check in and say that I am still quit now 4 1/2 years and feeling great.  To those of you that don't know my background, I want to say if I quit after smoking over 45 years.  For me, it was my health issues that made me throw away those sickorettes.  Now, no more coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. I was one of those people that thought I was never going to quit.  How could I survive without my smokes??  But I did it.  And you can too.  Just give it a try.  What do you have to lose?? Oh yeah, stinky breath, hair, house and car.  Standing outside in the rain, snow, cold weather while everyone is inside having fun. Waking up in the morning wheezing and trying to breath. Just do it now already!!  It really isn't as hard as you think it is. So everyone have a great smoke free day.  And Hi to all you beautiful ex smokers!! 

Jenny78

Jenny78 Archived Profile

Posted by Jenny78 Jan 23, 2017

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I am a 61 year old female.  I am recently retired from an automotive plant where I drove a forklift and inspected auto parts.  My hobbies include gardening, crafts and bowling.  My quit date is 11-25-2012

12-13-12  And the rest of the story.  The reason I retired was because of my health.  I came down with a cold that kicked my butt.  Went to the Doctor and he told me what I already knew.  Enphsemia.  Well knowing and being told is two different things.  That was a slap in the face.  I knew my working days were numbered the last 6 months of wheezing and coughing.  I also knew that I had to quit now or never.  And here I am 18 days quit, the wheezing and coughing are gone.  It is truly a miricle.  This is my last quit ever.  NOPE

2/10/13  Here I am on my 78th day.  Was worried about the 2 month mark as this being my 3rd quit and I failed the last two at 2 months.  So, of course I thought that 2 months was my slippery place. Well it wasn't so bad at all. Do I think of smoking?  Yes, every day.  Do I act on it?  NOPE.  Can't wait for 100!!

4/29/13  Just an update for those early in their quits.  I just passed the 5 month mark on the 25th.  I am feeling better all the time.  I read somewhere that your lungs take up to 9 months to heal.  The damage from the enphysema will never go away but the lung function can get better.  Exercise is good for the lungs and makes them stronger.  I now use one inhaler once a day and that is great.  Do I still think about smoking?  Yes.  I think about it every day.  Now it is just a thought and not an urge or crave.  And because I am on this site every day it is always fresh in my mind.  Do I feel comfortable saying that I will never take another puff.  No.  I do not yet.  I am an addict and will be for the rest of my life.  I have read that I will forget about smoking most of the time after a year or two.  I am looking forward to that feeling.  Will I act on my thoughts?  Most likely not.  Because I am now educated about the addiction, I know that I can never take a single puff.  I tell myself that every day.  It does get better and better.  And I thank everyone on this site that has helped me get this far.  God Bless you all.

10/22/13  Wow.  Time flys when I am having so much fun not smoking.  Not saying that I haven't had any smoking thoughts.  Because I do every day.  But that is all they are.  Just thoughts that actually go away in seconds.  I love being smokefree and never thought that I could have ever quit after over 45 years of smoking.  Just want everyone to know that this is doable at any age.  Yes, had a birthday this month and now 62.  I thank God every day that I have lived for 62 years and wake up every morning and take a deep breath and no more coughing and wheezing.  Life is WONDERFUL.  And getting real close to that 6 percent.  Everybody, have a GREAT day and protect those quits.  And thanks to everybody for all the support I receive on this site.  I never could have done this without you.  God Bless!!

7/19/14  I am at 1 year and almost 8 months.  Wow, I made the 6 percent and am looking forward to 2 years in November.  I go to the gym 2 to 3 times a week and barely use my inhaler anymore.  I am feeling so great and have went from stage 2 to stage 1 copd.  Wow!!  I am having so much fun just living a smokefree life.  Why did I wait so long??  I thought I could never quit so I really did not try too hard I guess until this last try.  I would say it was more of a choice to not do that anymore.  I don't ever want to feel as bad as I did just before I quit.  So this is it for me.  I will never go backwards, just forwards.  Love you all.  Thanks so much for helping me out and making my life better.  Everyone have a happy safe weekend.

12/31/14  I wanted to do an update after reading what I wrote early on in my quit.  I had stated that I think about smoking every day.  Well now after 2 years (yes, I made it to 2 years last month) I don't think about it much anymore.  Just wanted everyone that is early in their quits to know that it does go away.  I also started a part time job as a lunch lady at the elementary school across the street from me.  Never thought that I would work again but I am and doing great with it.  You see, life can change for the better, even in your 60's if you just throw those sickerettes away!!  Just saying, if I can do it after over 45 years smoking, then you can too.  Feeling 20 years younger too.  I love my smokefree life!!  Happy New Years!!

8/12/15  It has been awhile since I have been on this site.  I guess that my life is going great and I need this site less and less.  But I do want to check in occaisonally to let everyone know that life does go on.  And pretty darn great without sickerettes!!  Yes, once in awhile I think I should light up, then I remember, I don't do that anymore. It is a fleeting moment of memories from the past.  I know now that I will never ever become a smoker again in my lifetime.  Just wanted to update everyone.  And, again, can't say it enough, thanks to this website and all the wonderful people on here, I could never have done this without you.  Love you all!!

 

 


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Jenny78

Happy New Years

Posted by Jenny78 Dec 31, 2014

Just stopping by to say Happy New Years and warn everyone that may be drinking alcohol tonight to be very careful and wake up knowing that you did not give into any urges.  I want to give a big CONGRATULATIONS to everyone here that has any time at all to being smoke free!!  And I want to thank everyone here for getting me to over 2 years with not one puff ever!!  I love you all.  Have a great night and be safe out there!!

Jenny78

Two Years Today

Posted by Jenny78 Nov 25, 2014

Almost forgot today is my 2 year smokeaversary!!  So happy to be smoke free for 2 whole years!!  Thank you all.  If I can do this after smoking 45 plus years, so can you.  And I am feeling terrific and 20 years younger!!  Thank you all for all of your love and support.  I really owe you big time.  I love you all!!

Jenny78

The 700 Club

Posted by Jenny78 Oct 27, 2014

Just wanted to give a shout out to let everyone know that I am still here and still quit at 700 days (yesterday) and so very thankful to be here and breathing.  Thank you all and thank you God.  I am doing great and want everyone to feel as good as I do at this time.  If I can quit after 45 plus years then you can too.  Love you all!!

Jenny78

510 days of freedom

Posted by Jenny78 Apr 19, 2014

Here I am still going strong at 510 days!!  I must admit that I don't care for the extra weight.  I gained 35 pounds.  I am on a mission to lose at least 10 before summer so I can get into my bathing suit.  I have lost 6 so far and need to keep going.  I have been going to the gym 3 times a week and am feeling so great.  My lung function has increased  so much from the 50's to 90.  I can't believe it myself.  Just want to say to all the newbys out there to stick with it.  Expecially the ones with health issues and copd.  It is so worth it.  I am feeling better than I have in many years.  Thanks to all of you that helped me along the way.  God Bless you all and everyone have a Blessed Easter.

I almost forgot that today is 400 for me!!  I guess I wasn't thinking this morning when I got on facebook and remembered that it is my moms birthday today.  I miss her so much.  She will be gone in heaven 4 years next month and  I think she is looking down on me today feeling so proud of me for making my quit 400 days today. I am feeling great.  I go to the gym 2-3 times a week.  Walk on the treadmill, ride the bike, do the 30 minute circuit and I am getting into the weights now.  Not bad for an old lady.  You see, it is so worth it to keep your quits and protect them with your life.  It just gets better and better.  Thank you all for being there with me and giving me all that precious support that got me to where I am today.  I love you all!!

Jenny78

Yay me!!

Posted by Jenny78 Nov 25, 2013

This is the day I have been waiting for all year long.  I have reached my goal and now in the 6 percent as of today!!  I could not have made it without this website and all of you cheering me on and educating me about how to keep my quit.  Thank you all!!  God Bless!!

Jenny78

Lungs do get better!!

Posted by Jenny78 Oct 31, 2013

Hi all and happy Halloween!!  Just stopped by with some terrific news!!  Last year before I quit smoking I was in stage 2 copd with 56 fev.  I have joined a study for copd at the U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI and yesterday I was put through a battery of tests.  It is now 11 months smokefree and I have actually moved up to very mild stage 1 copd!!  I blew a 91 fev without any meds and a 98 after I used the 2 inhalers!!  OMG, this just blew my mind.  I just want everyone out there with copd early in their quits to know that yes, copd is not reversable but lung function is!!  Thank all of you here that stood by me and gave encouraging blogs and messages that kept my quit going.  Thank you all.  I love this site.  God Bless you all and protect those quits with your life, because it is a matter of life over death. Quit 11/25/12

Jenny78

Just updated my profile!!

Posted by Jenny78 Oct 22, 2013

10/22/13  Wow.  Time flys when I am having so much fun not smoking.  Not saying that I haven't had any smoking thoughts.  Because I do every day.  But that is all they are.  Just thoughts that actually go away in seconds.  I love being smokefree and never thought that I could have ever quit after over 45 years of smoking.  Just want everyone to know that this is doable at any age.  Yes, had a birthday this month and now 62.  I thank God every day that I have lived for 62 years and wake up every morning and take a deep breath and no more coughing and wheezing.  Life is WONDERFUL.  And getting real close to that 6 percent.  Everybody, have a GREAT day and protect those quits.  And thanks to everybody for all the support I receive on this site.  I never could have done this without you.  God Bless!!

Jenny78

Smoking Thoughts

Posted by Jenny78 Oct 14, 2013

Something awful happened about 3 weeks ago and I have been going through a depression off and on over it.  Thoughts of smoking keep entering my mind after 10 1/2 months of freedom.  I had 3 dogs, 2 pitt bulls and 1 pomeranian.  The oldest pitt is 11 years old and the younger one is 3 years old.  This summer the younger pitt (both females spayed) has started attacking the older dog in the back yard.  This has happened 3 times and all 3 times I have been outside to witness and try to break it up.  This last time, my brother tried to stop the fight and was bitten in the leg pretty badly.  I had to take him to the hospital for 20 stitches. I cried over this and I had to make a decision to put down one of the dogs and had decided to put down the younger one (my favorite) because she was the one with the aggression towards the older dog.  My son came over and decided to take her home with him and look for a new home.  I agreed as none of us wanted to put her down as she is great with people.  He found her a good home with no other pets and no children and they love her which is great for her.  I still miss her every day. I am so saddened by this and feel horrible that my brother was bitten when he got in the middle of two dogs trying to kill each other. 

Which dog bit him you ask?  It actually was the older dog as she was fighting for her life and did not know who she was biting.  I kept her because she was the victim is this fight and did not deserve to be attacked.  Now some in my family felt that I should have put her down and keep the other dog.  Believe me, I had to do a lot of soul searching and my brother and I both witnessed these fights and agree that I kept the right dog.  Through all of this I have had thoughts of smoking and say to myself that "smoking is not an option"  "I don't do that anymore"  and "smoking won't change anything".  We all have problems in our lives and they will come and go but never, ever think that smoking just one will change  anything, because it won't.  Remember not one puff ever.  Just sharing.

Jenny78

Good Morning

Posted by Jenny78 Oct 2, 2013

Good morning to everyone.  I have not been on this site too much lately.  Just wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive and kicking.  Tomorrow is my birthday and so proud to say that I have 311 days of freedom behind me.  I haven't felt this good in years.  Yes, copd is not reverseable but the lung function can get better.  One year ago I was at 56 and last week I blew an 88.  Really!!  I can't believe it myself.  I blew a 74 before I took the inhalers and 88 after I took 4 puffs each of 2 inhalers.  So without medicine I still blew 74!!  Very happy.  The greatest birthday present ever.  Remember, NOPE!!  I could not have done this at all without this great support group!!  I love you all!!  Have a great smoke free day!!

Jenny78

Good Morning

Posted by Jenny78 Jul 24, 2013

Just want to update everyone.  It is 8 months for me tomorrow and I am doing great.  Just gained some weight that I can't get off but hey, I would rather be a litle chubby and healthy than skinny and sick.  My life is so much better than before I quit.  I feel so good.  I am not on this site much anymore because it is summer time and busy running grandkids around and going to the gym and to the beach and working out in the yard. Just got home Sunday night from a weekend trip with my daughter to the upper pennninsula Michigan.  It is so beautiful and peaceful there.  Was able to visit with my family that I haven't seen in a long time.  And do it all smokefree.  Yay!!!  i hope each and every one of you are enjoying your smokefree life.  It is a blessing that I was able to give up this horrible habit after 45 years.  If I can do this, so can you!!  I want to thank each and every one of you because I could not have done this alone.  This site kept me going and taught me so much about the effects of smoking and how to quit.  God Bless you all!!