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Older than I will admit to.

Just an Old Goat helping out if she can. I gave up my death sticks Oct. 21, 1994.

Joan

 

 


Brief Description

Gone but Not Forgotten. RIP - they leave a legacy of their quit journeys behind as road maps for future members, to prevent the pitfalls, provide the tools and show the hope and possibilities for success at overcoming this addiction at any age at any stage.


Website

No website in profile.


Location

high on the mountaintop, aaand sometimes a sheer wall


Interests

helping others give up that baaaaaaaaad habit of smoking.


Skills

 


My Story

Posted by TheOldGoat-Joan-10-21-1994 Aug 30, 2015

I was born in 1927 to a coal miner back up in one of the hollows of West Virginia. I had sporadic schooling at best.
I had my first cigarette when I was 10 years old. We rolled our own since "tailor-mades" were so expensive. Nobody ever said anything about us youngsters smoking back then.
I was married when I turned 12 to a young man named Jim. He was 21. He worked the mines with daddy.
I was expecting my first child when there was an explosion at the mine. My man and daddy both were killed that day. I was 13 then.
Momma and us girls took in odd washing and sewing.  I had a son 4 month after the explosion. He only lived a few hours.
I got married again a couple of years later when I was 15. Bob was a miner also. We had three boys and 2 girls over the next 8 years. In 1950 a coal shelf collapsed on Bob and crushed his chest. He was gone before they could dig him out of the rubble.
I married the last time in 1954. William worked in a factory. He was offered a position in North Carolina.
Two of my boys went to that war in Asia and were killed over there. Peter was shot and Jim Jr. was blown up in a mortar attack. I still don't like wars.
David, Mary, and Elizabeth all married and moved away. They gave me 7 grandchildren between them.
David was killed in an auto accident in 1978. A drunk driver hit his car head-on. His two sons were with him and died also. I still have his little girl to treasure when I get to see her.
William died in 1994 of Lung Cancer.  They told him he had it in March and he was gone by September. That October I stopped smoking.
I didn't have any gums or such. I just stopped. Every time I thought about smoking a cigarette, I thought of my dear William and lost that thought quick.
After a bit, I didn't miss the smoking as much. Over the years it has become a habit to remind myself that those things are the killers that took my dear William.
I met Larry a few years ago at the market when he was here in his truck.
My girls got me a computer and taught me how to use it. Larry called me and told me about this site he found after he had his surgury. He thought maybe I could help others if I came here. He is the one that suggested I call myself The Old Goat. I kind of liked the thought since I was so old.
I live alone now. The girls come visit when they can, and some of the neighbors stop in a lot.
Since I am now close to 88 years old, I get tired really easy. The damage to my lungs doesn't help much.
I think that is enough about me. I didn't ever mean to get so long-winded about all this stuff.
Please take advice from this old woman and keep those killer sticks away from your face.
Take care of yourselves.
Joan

Is it willpower? NAAAAAAH! Some magic formula? NAAAAAAAAH!

What makes a quit succeed then???

How about ...

COMMITMENT

DEDICATION

ATTITUDE (QUITITUDE)

and most of all, LOVE

Love for your family and yourself. Dedication to the task you have set for yourself. The attitude that you will succeed. Lastly, commitment to the decision to throw away what is taking years away from your life.

Those are the weapons you need to beat the addiction to nicotine.

Just my thoughts, right or wrong....

Keep them away from your face. You can't smoke them that way!!!

Joan the Old Goat

 

P.S> Someone asked me if I would tell my story. I will try to get my thoughts together and tell it soon.

I wish to congratulate everyone, whether they have one day or 20 years quit, on their great accomplishment.

I know it is very hard to give up those cancer sticks. I have had to remind myself for 7615 days that they are so bad for my health. (Oldbones told me how many days it has been since I quit since I can't keep it straight.)

May He that watches over us all be with each of you.

Joan

Just coming in for a minute to wish everyone a very happy and safe 4th.

Joan

My friend the Caravan Master told he let the cat out that I quit 20 years ago. I thought I should come and just thank everyone for the love they have always shown since I got here.

I really can only say that to be successful, you just have to never let one of those nasty things get close to your face. If it isn't there, you certainly can't light it up.

I can only hope that I have helped someone to maintain their quit. Then having to always be on Oxygen will be worth it. (I'm going to give him a piece of my mind about telling everyone that.)

Just take your quit one step at a time and you will be successful.

Joan

Hello newlife and all my EX friends out there.

I didn't know anyone was watching me thaaat day! I'm so flustered thaaat someone saw me there.

I was up on Relaaapse Rocks, looking to see if there was aan easier paaath to take there. I caaan tell you thaaat the paath our caravaaan maaaster marked out is the best one.

I did see thaaat someone haad fallen over the edge aaat Desolation Point. I sent a message to the caravaaan maaaster about it.

Keep Them Away From Your Face!

Joan

Looking down the mountain, I caaan see the fight in the rocks aaat the edge of NML.

The fighting haaas been terrible. Queen Butts thought she could win. From what I caaan see, she made a big mistake.

Ground up Puffer Fishes are everywhere! It looks like Queen Butts herself haaas received some very grave wounds. There is tar aaand nicotine everywhere.

I would appreciate news of the baaatle, or it's outcome from anyone thaaat knows.

Joan the Old Goat

Is it willpower? NAAAAAAH! Some magic formula? NAAAAAAAAH!

What makes a quit succeed then???

How about ...

COMMITMENT

DEDICATION

ATTITUDE (QUITITUDE)

and most of all, LOVE

Love for your family and yourself. Dedication to the task you have set for yourself. The attitude that you will succeed. Lastly, commitment to the decision to throw away what is taking years away from your life.

Those are the weapons you need to beat the addiction to nicotine.

Just my thoughts, right or wrong....

Keep them away from your face. You can't smoke them that way!!!

Joan the Old Goat

Nanawendy just aaasked me why people are falling off of their caaaamels without calling for help. Are they not committing to their quit? They don't want to take the time to aaask?

If you feel thaat demon graaab you, call for someone to help you!! We are all here if you just aaask!

We want you to succeed in your quit!

Please tell me if you know why someone would not ask for help.

Remember, you caaan't smoke if you KEEP THEM AWAY FROM YOUR FACE!!!

Old Goat

I sent my younger ones down with some of the drying dust. That will help with the Puffer Fish. I made them all be sure that they had good sharp horns also. Can't stab a Puffer with dull horns! They are all eager for the battle.

The Yaks are hollering that they want to go down and fight. I think I shall send a few of them down. Their sharp hooves will grind the Puffers up real good. If you can get the Queen down, they can injure her a lot, too.

Keep them away from your face!

Old Goat

I stand up here on the mountaintop and gaze across NML. I see a very long line of travelers. I am glad the Caravan Master is going back to help others on their journey. May his travels be successful.