Understand your addiction. Education is key to everyone’s success here. Don’t try to cut corners. This is your life we’re talking about. Your very survival depends on your knowing.
Use this support system. Your brothers and sisters at Ex want nothing more than for you to succeed. Read and post. We help ourselves by helping others.
One puff, one cigarette or feeling that you can control it after a short quit is still smoking. One cigarette turns to two and two turns into a thousand. You can’t control smoking but you can control your addiction just by practicing NOPE. Not One Puff Ever.
This is a process not a procedure. A procedure has a beginning and an end. This process is an ongoing learning and growing event. Be patient and take it one day at a time.
Make a sincere commitment to your quit. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t feel ready so make the most of it and give it a chance. Too many are looking for that magic bullet that will let them stay quit for a lifetime without any discomfort. Guess what…it doesn’t exist. Do the work, feel the pain and be rewarded.
There is never a valid reason to smoke. There are excuses but they’re pretty lame and if you get right down to it that’s all they are…excuses. Smoking will do nothing to improve any crisis that is in your life.
Get serious about your quit. This IS a matter of life or death.
I saw her crossing the parking lot at my grocer yesterday, puffing away & throwing it down as she walked to the door. I grabbed one of my EX cards before going in hoping I would run into her. Something told me I had to talk to her. So I searched. Finally found her & introduced myself telling her I had seen her across the lot & that if she ever thought about quitting to visit us at EX.
She thanked me & said she had been quit for 15 months. She did it all by herself, just willpower. Then she got the news that she had cancer so what the hell. All I knew to do was give her a hug & tell her there was still a quality of life to be had without smoking even though she did have cancer. She was a little guarded about talking about it. I hope to run into her again. I just thought it so sad to just give up & lose all hope. I can’t imagine. I hope she visits us.
I know I haven't made myself visible lately but I do read every day & make the occasional comment.
I can hardly stand to write this. A while back I asked for prayers for my sister Linda because of a spot on her lung. It was all cleared up we were told & no further treatment would be needed other than close monitoring. Linda will undergo a biopsy treatment in the morning at 9:30 to look at another spot. We just don't know anything right now we just need some prayers.
I hadn't planned on doing this but I've seen some congratulations & a few personal messages that have motivated me. Thank you all.
I just pray that you all arrive at this place in your quit. It wasn't easy but the more you practice NOPE the easier it is. Every one of you are capable of this freedom. It comes with a price though. If you're not willing to put in some hard work, if you're not willing to help others even though you don't think you know what you're talking about, if you're not willing to grow as an individual, if you're not willing to become an emotionally stronger & confident person, if you're not willing to cast off the old you then you may need to do some more reading & planning. But there's a bonus...even with all the reading & planning, there are people here that are willing to help you prepare to be the person you didn't know you wanted to be.
Keep on keepin on y'all
M n @
13 years, 15 hours, 39 minutes and 6 seconds...7 secs...8 secs...9 secs...
My sister June would have turned 55 today. She died in 2010 from cancer & smoked to the end. I wasn't there when she quit but I know it was a sweet release. We still miss her...especially her sons.
I want you all to know that she didn't look like this in the end. In the end you couldn't tell her from any other that suffered this affliction. If they were lain in a row you wouldn't be able to pick her out. Cancer takes everything.
Make your commitment...it just may save your life.
I began my quit on October 1st 2004. I was so tired of slowly killing myself with those smokes. I had turned cigarettes into a god & smoking into a religion. I've never once regretted my decision to quit.
So I’ve been putting off posting this because of the nature of this news. I posted in September that my cousin Earline had been diagnosed with lung cancer, was given maybe a year & that she had chosen to forego any treatment due to the spread of the disease. So they give her maybe a year & she only made it a month. I just grow weary from this kind of news.
I want you all to know that I don't post this for sympathy. My hope is that it will be the catalyst to someone's decision to lead a smoke free life. Smoking is not a habit but a deadly addiction. A life or death battle against Nic Demon. Guess who wins if you don't quit? Please make the commitment & stick to it. You don’t want the last image of you to your loved ones to be an unrecognizable you.