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I came in from being outside and made myself a cup of Tetley pure peppermint tea in my favorite cup for tea and I have a favorite one for coffee anyway I'm going to walk down and meet Mason at the end of the driveway in a few minutes .life without the crutch of smoking is totally aweome, I love the words on this cup.....

Quitting Smoking should be our # 1 priority & remaining quit no matter what's happening in life is also Doable, I'm not saying that it's easy because I know through my own EXperience in the early wks & months of quitting how at times I wanted to scream and rip my hair out or tear someone's face off or get in the car and spin off to the grocery store & buy a carton of cigarettes instead of just a pk but thankfully I didn't because I promised myself the night before I quit that I'd never smoke another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anyone including myself and thankfully I got on site and someone got me through the rough patch, I wrote many blogs which helped strengthen my quit and there was always someone here to help me if I was having a rough time, I stayed close and if you are on the roller coaster of ups & downs of withdrawals and mood swings i hope you can stay close to blog, comment, read and believing in yourself, being willing, determined & being totally committed to succeed along with N.O.P.E Not One Puff Ever - then there's no way that you can Fail! but you must stick with your quit and get through whatever cravings and whatever else you need to go through to get to that good place in your quit and I can tell you from EXperince it's worth it all to be FREE!

Marilyn 991 DOF  - Days Of Freedom and smiling 

Life is also zooming right along which for the winter months is fine by me, it's 24 ° F right now at 8 o'clock and overnight is supposed to go down to 14 degrees so these Temps can go but I would love Spring, summer and Fall to hang around the longer the better but I can't do anything about that unless I move to a much warmer climate so I'll just keep waiting impatiently for Mother Nature to get off her high horse and spread some Spring my way and send some to BonnieBee.quit.2.8.15 and to anyone else that's ready for a warmup to see this disgusting white Crap disappear but you know I won't be smoking over it because it's obviously out of my control but most everything else is in my control and my precious quit is definitely one of the things in this life worth hanging onto with all of my might and I won't throw it away because Life is going to happen good or bad whether we smoke or not so choose NOT, it's definitely not easy in the early stages of quitting smoking but it's absolutely Doable and and so very worth it to be FREE! When life starts to throw you a curve ball and you start thinking about just One will be ok that's when you stand up and say N.O.P.E  I don't smoke anymore, believe it, live it and hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must stick with your quit, continue to move forward stacking up those precious smoke free days because going back to Day One isn't an option so tonight when you're getting ready for bed you can smile and say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON! 

This is March 29th but looking out my window this morning it looks more like Christmas but it's mild at 32°F or 0 °Celsius and it's supposed to warm up and actually feel like Spring by the wk end so that makes me happy, I'm impatiently waiting for all of this snow to melt away but you know, I won't smoke over the crappy white stuff, I learned a few mantras here and I live by N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever  - because  S. I.N.A.O  -  Smoking Is Not An Option  - and if you've been quit awhile - N.E.F  - Never Ever Forget  - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of Quitting Smoking  - Ugggggggggh  going back to Day One would really Suck Big Time because we all want only Days WON which as long as we remain Vigilant while enjoying our lives and living by N.O.P.E then there's no way that we can Fail, let's keep our hard earned quits our # 1 priority because our lives literally depends on us protecting the best gift that we've ever given ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! - H. A. L. T  - Hunger, Anger, Lonely, Tired - let's take good care of ourselves! Here's my 13 yr old Samantha Digger Jane Hartley this morning, she's enjoying being outside in her run, hurry up Spring!

Here we are with another month almost gone with Saturday being April 1st and April Fools Day as well  we're getting some snow today with possibly some freezing rain ugh , I think part of my funk lately is that I'm ready for Spring but Mother Nature isn't cooperating so I need to relax because I can't do anything about it but I have control over most everything else including my quit so I won't be smoking over the weather or anything else because I don't do that anymore, I would be in a much bigger Funk if I threw my 986 or 987 days of Freedom away, No Way will I do that that's where Vigilance kicks in when we're down ,up, stressed or whatever and the thought of having just one pops into your head please kick that thought right out of your head and get busy doing something because going back to Day One would totally suck big time but continuing to stack up those precious Smoke Free Days and each evening being able to look into the mirror and smile because you made it through another DAY WON!!!  Now that should make you really happy, I know it does me still. Chin up, believe in yourself and know that you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time because our lives literally depends on quitting smoking and Remaining Quit, there's definitely life after cigarettes it's yours for the taking so grab on, hold on tight and don't let go there's Victory right around the bend so keep moving forward and know that it's going to take some time but it's going to get easier and easier as time goes on and boy oh boy it's absolutely worth whatever you have to go through to be FREE! 

I really hope everyone will enjoy a stressfree, hasslefree and most importantly a smokefree day because life is going to happen whether we smoke or not so I really hope that everyone chooses NOT, lately I've been a little off but there's lots happening which is part of life. We had a little get together for Mason's 8th Birthday at lunchtime yesterday and after everyone left i felt exhausted so I was going to lie down for a bit which I never do but the phone rang and my daughter's friend who is like a daughter to me too wanted to come over and go for a drive so she did and we did and she smokes, to make this long story short even after 986 days of living smoke free and loving my Freedom in my state of mind yesterday I just might have smoked a disgusting cancer stick BUT THANKFULLY I WAS VIGILANT!!! I'm no different than anyone else because this addiction is a life long addiction but we can and will continue this wonderful lifelong journey of remaining Free and reaping the benefits of being a happy carefree Exer by remaining vigilant while enjoying life, protecting our hard earned quits is the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of life! 

It's Mason's 8th Birthday today, wow, it's hard to believe that it's been 8 yrs ago that I was holding him in my arms when he was 3 hrs old , we're going to have a little party here with just the family at lunch time because we had the big birthday party at the bowling alley three wks ago for both grandsons birthdays so today will be pizza and then off shopping for the birthday boy with his parents to spend his birthday cash.  life as an Ex Smoker is absolutely Doable and if you haven't figured that out yet then maybe now is the time to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette with your life and read everything you can about quitting smoking and Remaining Quit because there's a wealth of information right here to strengthen your resolve to quit and live a life of Freedom. I honestly never believed in a million years that I could quit smoking after 40 yrs of slavery to the disgusting Cancer Sticks but once I found out that I have mild copd I realized that I wasn't invincible that I didn't want to end up on oxygen 7/24 or worse so here I am hanging out with all of you my friends and fellow Exers smiling  and reaping the benefits of an Exer at 985 glorious smoke free days and counting WTG ME, WTG each and everyone of you who's stacking up your precious DOF.  life is way too short to knowingly continue to slowly kill yourself so come on over and join the ranks of an Ex Smoker, it's not easy by no means but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and and definitely worth it to be FREE.  Here's a pic of Mason yesterday he built a small Fort on his bed with snacks and water and even kleenex ,he didn't go to school because he wasn't feeling well so Grammy pampered him and by the end of the day he was feeling much better.

Mason got off the bus here yesterday and spent the night, I got him up and ready for school then my poor little Mack Attack vomited while he was brushing his teeth! Guess who didn't go to school today? He's stretched out in the bedroom watching TV. It's only 3 degrees outside but it's sunny so that's a good thing, I'm really hoping that anyone that's struggling with quitting smoking and Remaining Quit that you will take a few deep breaths and start believing in yourself and be willing to go through the initial ups and downs that may take a few weeks or longer to get through but you must stick with your quit, Chin up and know in your heart and soul that you will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time. Most of us smoked 30, 40 and some for 50 yrs or more that's right here on this site that's been living a life of Freedom for a few yrs now, we all know that Quitting Smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking is worth every rough patch that you got to go through because once you get to that good place then and only then will you start to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker! 

Quitting Smoking is an individual decision and each one of us has to get to that point of OK, this is it, I am done with the cigarettes but sometimes life gets in the way and ugh another relapse happens!!!!!! I am at a loss for words JustSharon ,I really hope you stay because every single one of us care and want you to be healthy, happy and most of all Free from the cigarettes. We all have our own way to be supportive and sometimes maybe it's too much tough love but I believe that it comes from a deep sense of caring and we all know that smoking kills and quitting as difficult as it is can and hopefully will give us a much better quality of living and we all want to be FREE and be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without the crutch of smoking xoxo. 

It's my son's 34th birthday today, he quit smoking 3 yrs ago in January, he smoked for 20 yrs, my husband Mark will have 3 yrs in April 25th, he smoked for 42 yrs and I'm following along with 3 yrs of smoke free living on the 14th of July! If you haven't quit smoking yet, now is the time to take back your life while you're still vertical. There's never going to be a good time to quit smoking and once yo do quit you must remember while you're in the throws of a horrendous craving and I can tell you from EXperince that people won't stop and think of being a little kinder to you because you are quitting my younger sister had me so stressed out around my 30 day mark , we were on the phone talking and I got so upset that I threw my cordless phone across the room. I wanted a cigarette soooooooo bad but I got on line instead of focusing on a smoke and someone helped me through it, quitting smoking is the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! Remember that anything in life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking should be at the top of the list and Remaining Quit needs to be our # 1 priority because the older we get the more vital it is to quit!

I want everyone to realize how much better life is without the crutch of smoking but you can't throw your hands up in the air and give up on your quit because you'll never get to that good place if you give up too soon, there were times in the early wks and months of my quit that I thought I was going to crawl out of my skin, my moods were all over the place, I might be crying one second and be laughing the next. Nobody including my grown children wanted to be around me which suited me just fine but my grandchildren were the EXception because they were the bright spot especially Mason because I had him most days and they were and are the main reason that I stuck with my quit because I need to be as healthy as I can be so I can be around to watch them grow up. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and Remaining Quit is absolutely Doable too, I know that I sound like a broken record but I want everyone to feel like I do which is FREE to enjoy going anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wandering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick and smell like a stinky old ashtray, I don't miss those days at all so stick with your quit because life really is going to get easier but you need to go through whatever cravings and whatever else first so don't give up keep plowing forward and stacking up your precious smoke free days. I better get going my 90 yr old mother in law and I have an appointment which I got to take us too and yay for being an Exer because I don't need any smoke breaks because I don't do that anymore, life just keeps getting better and better as an Ex Smoker! 

Marilyn 981 DOF and smiling 

Two wks from today is the 31st of March, wow but I'm concentrating only on today which will keep me busy enough, I got bread in the bowl which hubby stirred up for me before he went to work and I'm hoping to do some more spring cleaning. I only had Mason a couple of days this wk after school and I guess he spent Tuesday night and Gramp took him to school Wed, anyway I'm rambling sorry about that. It's a chilly morning at 12 °F but it's supposed to warm up plus baking 3 ovenfulls of bread later on today will heat the house up and save on some wood, I know I've mentioned before probably several times but by quitting smoking even though I'm not a morning person I can still bounce right up at 6 o'clock and after 3 or 4 sips of coffee I can grab my ingredients and bowls, put the yeast on and actually function but when I was a Smoker whether I was working a job or just doing something here at home, I needed at least an EXtra hr to wake up to  be able to function so I didn't want anyone to bug me until at least my third coffee and at least 4 cigarettes! Then you could speak to me, whew I'm soooooooo very happy those days are gone it's amazing how much time, health and money that's totally wasted on the killer cancer sticks. It's wonderful to be FREE from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison, quitting smoking and Remaining Quit is absolutely Doable and so very worth it all to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without sneaking off somewhere to suck on a yakie  (cigarette) and choke, cough and nearly hork up a lung or maybe both that was me especially in the mornings but after 40 yrs of slavery to the smokes I wonder what I EXpected? But not anymore for me because I am living & loving my Forever quit and so can you! It's definitely not easy taking back your life but boy oh boy it's absolutely worth whatever you need to go through to come out the other side smiling and being able to live a beautiful Smoke Free Life, reach out and grab it because it's yours for the taking but you must want it more than anything else in this world so be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful, believe you can and you will be successful!  Each day you get through is another day WON! N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever - will give you a fabulous life of Freedom!

With the right mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to and quitting smoking is definitely at the top of the list but you must believe that you can along with being willing, determined and totally committed to go through whatever cravings and whatever else you need to go through to get to that good place in your quit but it's going to take some time to get there because if you think about it most of us Exers smoked for decades upon decades so it only stands to reason that it's going to take time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of smoking but you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those glorious smoke free days! Here's a pic of my back door area this morning!

I haven't caught the news yet this morning but I hope everyone in the path of this massive storm got through it ok, I had a hard time getting to sleep last night with the wind howling I thought the house was going to come off the foundation but of course it didn't and I never lost power, I'm always protecting my quit by being vigilant while going about my day so if I am blindsided by a blizzard or any unexpected situation and the thought of oh just 1 cigarette won't hurt you, well thankfully by always being in protective mode over the best gift that I've ever or will ever give myself I can smile and give my head a couple of shakes and say that I don't do that anymore and so can you! In the early days, wks and possibly even months I remember having several rough patches where I thought I'd crawl right out of my skin or scream and tear my hair out or maybe rip someone's face off, my moods were all over the place but with the help of these wonderful people on this site they helped me get through the roller coaster ups and downs to come out the other side smiling because after 40 yrs of smoking l was taking back my life from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison and so can you! Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and so very worth it all to be FREE! Getting ready for bed this evening you can look in the mirror with a big grin and say YAY FOR ANOTHER DAY WON!

It's been 32 glorious months since I took back my life and decided to bite the bullet and stop playing Russian Roulette after at least half a dozen half hearted attempts at quitting smoking over the yrs, I finally got serious once I  found out I have mild copd I believe a light bulb finally came on in my head and I realized that it just wasn't other people who got cancer and other smoking related illnesses that I wasn't invincible and could end up on oxygen 7/24 or worse so after 40 yrs of smoking l finally got serious about quitting and found this site and to make a long story short, one of the things I was told was to read everything that I could find here because there's a wealth of information to strengthen my resolve to live a Smoke Free Life and here I am along with so many others that have also bit the bullet and are living life without the crutch of smoking and so can you but you must believe that you can, be determined, willing and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful, with the right mindset we can do just about anything because  anything in life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking is definitely worth whatever you need to go through to be FREE! Live a life of N.O. P. E. - Not One Puff Ever will give you a beautiful life to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick, you can be Free, believe it! Freedom is yours for the taking hold on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes but you must stick with your quit so keep moving forward and stacking up your precious smoke free days. 

I just wanted to say for anyone that's in the path of this crazy Noreaster that's coming through stay warm and be safe, it's coming through here late this afternoon, overnight and into tomorrow with about 18 inches that's predicted for my region but it won't last now, Mother Nature will eventually get off her high horse and allow Spring to arrive. I'm calling this the St Patrick's storm that we usually get anyway, we won't smoke over the weather or anything because we don't do that anymore!

It's another cold morning but the sun is shining so yay for that plus it's the calm before the Noreaster that's coming through tomorrow afternoon into Wednesday my region is predicted to get 45 cm or 18 inches of the white crap with blizzard conditions . Oh well I'll call it the St Patrick's day storm a couple of days early I know Spring is coming eventually plus it's only March and I most definitely won't smoke over the weather or anything else, I still got the cold bug that hubby passed onto me so I plan on staying in and taking it easy again today, I'll wish each of you my friends and fellow Exers a hasslefree, stressfree and most importantly a smokefree day, if you are having a rough patch stay close to this site and blog HELP and someone will be along to help you through it, keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and say right out loud that you don't smoke anymore. I got into a few heated arguments with myself in the first few wks of quitting smoking I'd get stressed out about something and I'd say wouldn't a smoke be great right now and I'd give my head several shakes and say that I don't smoke anymore and continue on with whatever I was doing I got through it and you can too, life really does get easier and easier with time but you must stick with your quit and get through the roller coaster ups and downs first but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and absolutely worth it to be FREE! 

Ughhhhhhhhhh on this idiotic springing ahead crap, I'm sick with a cold bug that hubby shared with me even though I didn't want it  I haven't drank alcohol in over 6 yrs but between the time change and this bug, I feel like I've been on a 3 wk drunk but thankfully I don't drink anymore and I haven't had a cancer stick in 972 splendiforous days and I am one of those people who probably tick some people off because I'm a Happy Quitter and have been for quite some time.  Stick close to this site if you're struggling because there's pretty much always someone here to help you through any rough patches that may occur, quitting smoking is definitely the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of life, hopefully a much better quality of living and to just to be able to go anywhere, anytime, whenever, wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a disgusting cancer stick is a wonderful feeling, life really does get easier and easier as time goes on so hang on tight and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days! 

My husband Mark decided to share his head and chest cold with me, actually I think he just passed it onto me because he feels quite a bit better this morning, it's great being an Ex Smoker especially having a cold because trying to smoke with a full head and a sore throat and an achy chest wasn't smart but when we smokers we smoked anyway and coughed, gagged, choked and nearly horked up a lung, that scenario alone should get us to protect our precious quit with our lives because our lives literally depends on us to be FREE.----- N. O. P. E.  - Not One Puff Ever will give us a beautiful life of Freedom because S. I.N.A.O  - Smoking is not an option - N.E.F Never ever forget - the early days and wks of quitting smoking because none of us Exers want to ever go backwards to DAY ONE because DAY'S WON is what puts a HUGE SMILE on our face in the evenings, so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke Free Days! 

These last few wks few wks have been busy with finally getting some tests done that I've been waiting for, I've seen the neurologist on the 28th besides telling me that I need back surgery and setting me up to see a neuro surgeon he also checked on my doppler corartid ultrasound and set up a CT angiagram to check the blood vessels in my neck and head  which I'm getting done on Tues the 14th next week which shocked me because that was quick, I've been waiting for an MRI for my neck since Sept, I live 20 minutes from the hospital, I got a call at 2 o'clock yesterday asking if I could be there for 2:30, thankfully I didn't have Mason so I said yes and got the car out of the garage and did a little speeding but got it done and I can say with a huge smile that smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar and if you are having a difficult time with your quit take a deep breath and know that you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time. I wasted 40 yrs on the crutch but I am so happy that I finally wised up and am living a life of Freedom now because the older I get the more I am thankful that I know longer am a slave to the disgusting Cancer Sticks, I am FREE to go anywhere, anytime, whenever,wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a smoke, hold on tight to the best gift that you will ever give yourself which is the gift of life! Let's never become lazy and complacent and take our precious quit for granted instead let's always remain Vigilant while enjoying our Forever Quits!

Believing in ourselves along with being willing, determined and 100 % committed to quitting smoking with N.O.P.E. - Not One Puff Ever - will give us a life of Freedom because S. I.N.A.O - Smoking is not an option - I smoked 40 yrs of my life away before I finally wised up and took back my life - N.E.F  - Never Ever Forget  - I never, ever want to forget the early days and wks of quitting smoking, I made it through the roller coaster ups and downs along with many, many, many others here that have smoked 50 or more yrs and we're all reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker and as long as you keep moving forward and stacking up your precious smoke free days you will get through the rough patches too and you'll definitely realize how much better life is without the crutch and then you can enjoy your new found Freedom too! We all remain vigilant while going about our daily business because we never want to become complacent and take our precious quits for granted plus our lives are depending on us to hang on tight to our Forever quits. 

I know now that in my half hearted, half dozen or so failed attempts in quitting smoking I didn't actually believe that I could quit and wasn't sure that I really wanted to because I thought other people got cancer and other smoking related illnesses but not me . I must have thought I was invincible I am glad that I found out that I have mild copd and thankfull that it wasn't more severe because it scared the crap out of me, so I found this site and read everything I could find here to educate myself on this horrid addiction and I also realized that I could actually quit smoking and stay quit that yes it's absolutely Doable and so very worth it to be FREE with the right mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to including quitting smoking so quit if you haven't already and if you're struggling hang on tight and don't let go know that you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time, I'm telling you that there's life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking grab onto the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE !

I'm late getting around this morning even though I've been up since 6 o'clock, I remember the first few days, wks and even into the third month of my quit very well and how unpredictable the hours of each day could be, things would be going along great then out of nowhere all of a sudden wham the thought of having a cigarette would be almost overwhelming notice that I said almost because I had complete control over whether I smoked or not even though the urges at times were really powerful my desire to keep & protect my quit was and is more powerful because my health, family and even my wallet is so much more important than the disgusting Cancer Sticks. You can handle life on life's terms but you must go through whatever cravings, withdrawals and the ups and downs first to get to that good place in your quit so keep moving forward and stacking up your precious smoke free days because believe it or not there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but you don't have to believe me stick with your quit and prove it for yourself, give it 3 months or even better 4 months by then you should be realizing how much better life is because if you stop and think about how many decades that you've smoked then you will realize that it's bound to take time to relearn different ways of dealing with life's issues without the crutch of smoking but boy oh boy it's absolutely Doable and it's absolutely worth it to be FREE! , one precious smoke Free Day at a time will give you a beautiful life of Freedom! 

My husband and I went to my friends wake but I let the family know that we couldn't make the funeral because of the grandchildren's birthday party at the bowling alley which they understood because my daughter only gets every 3rd wk end off. We were celebrating life while 20 miles down the road was a funeral which in all likely hood smoking probably snuffed his life out several yrs sooner than it had to be, cancer, smoking and oxygen machines makes me very sad. We need to take EXtra good care of ourselves now while we're still vertical and do whatever we can to be as healthy as we can for as long as we can there's so many things that are out of our control but smoking isn't one of them, smoking is a choice so please choose to take back your life, quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely Doable and Remaining Quit is also very Doable and worth it all to be FREE! No smoke breaks for me Yay! 

It's going to be another snapping cold day with extreme wind chills but that's alright, we're having a birthday party for both the grandsons this afternoon at the bowling alley Mason's mom my daughter and his Dad are looking after everything along with my son Adam's Dad and his fiance there's going to be quite a crowd I'm sure with Grecko Pizza and garlic fingers. I'm happy to be secure in my quit and not have to stand outside this afternoon sucking on a cancer stick with the 7 people who I know smoke including my daughter, my son quit 3 yrs ago this January, my husband will have 3 yrs in on April 25th and I'll have 3 yrs in the 14th of July. We can all say that Quitting Smoking was absolutely difficult to say the least but we can also say just how worth it was and is to be FREE and not have to stand out in the frigid Temps freezing our butts off to get that fix. We chose to take back our lives from the nicotine poison and so can you! Quitting smoking is a choice and so is remaining Quit, there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but you must stick with your quit to be able to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker. 

I woke up before 5:30 and decided I might just as well get up and start the day so after a few sips of coffee I got out everything l needed to get a batch of bread on while my husband was getting the fire going l finished my first coffee and started the yeast, Mark stirred it up and I kneaded it down which got me thinking back to my smoking days I would need at least 3 coffee and probably more like 4 and at least 5 cigarettes before I would even attempt a batch of bread, I am so happy to be FREE from the clutches of the cancer sticks but I will never forget and I hope all of you reading this will N.E.F  -  Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of quitting smoking because none of us never ever, ever want to go back to DAY ONE instead we want to continue to reap the benefits of an Ex Smoker by going to sleep each night knowing that we made it through another DAY WON! N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever will give us that life of Freedom because S.I. N. A. O.  - Smoking is not an option. 

Hubby's taking Mason to school and he's off to work and now I'm relaxing in my favorite chair with my third and final coffee with you my friends and fellow Exers, remember that life is short and although quitting smoking is difficult to say the least it's very Doable and to maintain all of our quits we must remain vigilant while going about our business. This little saying I made up a couple of years or so ago keeps popping into my mind so I'll share it this morning, don't be a bloke and continue to smoke because at some point you'll most definitely choke and before long if you don't listen to your body and continue to smoke unfortunately the smokes will cause you to croke long before your time! 

Marilyn ♡

A friend of mine finally passed away last night from cancer, his wife Susan called to let me know he smoked right up until a few days ago, he's been on oxygen for over a year. Susan still smokes and is also on oxygen. She told me that she was going to go out for a cigarette but knew it was close so she stayed and she said in a few minutes he was gone. In my little corner of the world I've literally lost count of how many people have died in the last couple of yrs mostly from cancer and from the people I knew that passed most of them were smokers, coincidence maybe  but I doubt it. I sometimes wonder if I'm living in the Cancer Belt of NB. Quit smoking if you haven't already, if you are struggling to hold on to your quit please believe that you can and will be successful but you must remain willing, determined and totally committed to get through the rough patches and you will. Remember anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and I believe that Quitting Smoking is the most important thing that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE, our health, family and even our wallets benefit big time so kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom! 

Hubby's off to work and my daughter has the day off which means Mason will be able to go home after school so I'm taking a ME DAY on this dark, dank, dreary, dismal day we're actually under a rain fall warning today then tomorrow the Temps are supposed to drop like a brick, anyway enough of that I try not to say much about health issues but I believe that we've got some younger quitters here which is super fantastic so stick with your quit because you can and will be successful. Don't wait for 40 or more yrs before taking back your life, take good care of yourself now while you can, quit smoking now, our health is vital to our quality of life, without going into great detail I waited about a yr for an MRI on my back so I finally got it and my Dr said last wk probably surgery but  we knew that I had this appointment yesterday with a neurologist which I've been waiting for since 1 yr ago this past September so I got my husband Mark to take me, there's lots of issues including my spinal cord being pressed or choked off causing my legs to buckle more and more lately so a rush was sent to a neuro surgeon which will probably be another 6 months before I see one and probably another 6 months before surgery. I also had a carotid doppler ultrasound a couple of weeks ago which this Dr yesterday wants me to have a CT angiagram to get a true reading because on the left side the plague is reading 50 - 69 % and they don't like it to be above 70 so hopefully that will be soon, he feels that could be causing my lightheadedness at times and feeling disoriented and foggie because I may not be getting enough blood flow to the brain, hummm frustrated YES I am but only at myself for taking so long to quit drinking but I finally did over 6 yrs ago after a alcohol induced heart attack thankfully it was a warning to quit which I did and I wised up and also quit smoking 961 days ago and in July I'll have 3 yrs in. So if I have to have surgery so I can walk then I am so thankful for my sobriety and my smobriety because surgeons don't like operating on smokers anymore than the anthesiolgists like putting you under do, so Lord willing I'll heal up much faster, that is whenever I get it done . I hope nobody minds that I spilled my feelings out but I'm hoping that some of you on the fence or anyone struggling to keep your quit, know that you can quit because Quitting smoking is a choice so please choose to take back your life while you're still vertical, life is short so let's start taking EXtra good care of ourselves now before it's too late! Freedom from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison is within your grasp so grab on tight and hold on tight because each day you get through is Another Day WON! N.O.P.E  - Not One Puff Ever - works when applied on a daily basis.