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We understand your, my, their Addiction because Addiction is mundane, predictable, boring - the same old thing with

a different victim. It really doesn't matter all that much how many you smoked, how long you smoked, with whom you smoked (you smoked with other Addicts!)

 

We cannot predict your Recovery because it's purely individual. We can tell you what we know, what we did what worked for each of us but you have to OWN your Recovery! It's your chance to Re - Claim Your Self!

Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.

Leonard Cohen – 1934-2016, Singer/Songwriter

Thomas3.20.2010

Grateful

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 13, 2018

Today my heart overflows with gratitude for my Beautiful Wife who raised our Sons into fine young men with honor and respect for Life! I'm doubly blessed for 2 marvelous daughter-in-laws! Our Kari has been no less than outstanding in raising my granddaughters with the highest of values! I think also of my Dear, dear GodMother - may her soul rest in peace who sacrificed every minute of every day to LOVE for our Family! And finally I Thank the Lord for my poor unfortunate mother who never knew the meaning of Love - who knows, perhaps now she has - one can only pray!

 

Happy Mother's Day Ladies!

Thomas3.20.2010

Russian Roulette

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 9, 2018

We played Russian Roulette by smoking and now we're playing Russian Roulette by not taking these tests - my opinion here - some people don't want to know! If Russian Roulette isn't your game:

 

Tests every smoker needs | Katherine Times 

 

Neither test is painful and they both are noninvasive plus you get the results very quickly.

 

Taking a Spirometry Test - YouTube 

What to expect during a low dose CT scan - YouTube 

 

Sleep well! Keep your head out of the sand!

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My Part

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 May 9, 2018

There's a lot of healthy discussion these days on what works. Is it the NRTs I select? The plan I use?  The app? The website?

 

All of these questions are good questions and I enjoy the open back and forth discussions about these choices because Smoking Cessation is all about personal choice. I decide if when, how, why I quit smoking!

 

But the bottom line is this:

Show Up!

This is your Quit! Although all of the above are important, they're only  as good as the participant!

Since the 1960s Philip Morris knew that Nicotine is very addictive and actually used that knowledge to their advantage in designing Sickerettes. In the year 2000 PM became the first tobacco company to publicly state that nicotine is addictive. Hooray for honesty and transparency, right? 

 

Hold your horses! 

"From the mid-1990s to at least 2006, at the same time as PM was making public statements reinforcing the idea that smoking addiction is driven principally by nicotine’s pharmacology, the company’s scientists had found that addiction was the result of interconnected determinants, with nicotine as but one component. PM’s internal models of addiction positioned biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors as equally important to nicotine in driving cigarette use; and in 2000 an internal document noted that, consequently, quitting smoking was “not simply a matter of replacing the nicotine”. PM continued to research the causes of addiction through the 2000s in order to create successful new nicotine products."

 

"The researchers said the papers showed that PM has internally understood since at least 2006 that its actions (for example advertising, lobbying, and litigation) influence addiction by shaping users’ psychology, social milieu, and environment; and that PM’s “public embrace of nicotine’s addictiveness currently works to redirect policy away from proven social and environmental interventions and toward the promotion of the industry’s potentially reduced harm products”."

 

"The analysis authors said: “As PM’s internal research indicates, positive health outcomes are more likely to be achieved by complementing [nicotine replacement therapy] and behavioural counselling with ever-stronger society-level interventions addressing the psychological, social, and environmental components of addiction.”"

 

"They concluded: “To help tobacco users quit, policy makers should increase attention on the social and environmental dimensions of addiction alongside traditional cessation efforts.”"

 

[Source: *Elias J, Hendlin YH, Ling PM. Public versus internal conceptions of addiction: An analysis of internal Philip Morris documents. PLoS Med 2018; 15(5): e1002562. The National Cancer Institute in the US funded (but had no other involvement in) the analysis.

OnMedica - News - Philip Morris knew nicotine is just one part of smoking addiction ]

 

There's no end to the smoke and mirrors that Big Tobacco won't go to get and keep you, me and our children and grandchildren hooked for Life!

 

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Thomas3.20.2010

Possible!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 23, 2018

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

Paulo Coelho - Author

With Smoking Cessation, no need for hope, wish, doubt. 

It is 100% within your control! Even the depth and breadth of your cravings are within your control. 

You have it within you right now! Look for it and you will find it!

So what is the "it?" 

Faith, belief, confidence,.....Self Control!

You have the ability to decide your actions

and with Smoking Cessation, action is the only thing it takes!

Simple, not easy!

This is the most important time to decide which thoughts you listen to 

and which you choose to let go of...

Don't hate those thoughts or try to ignore them

because that only gives them energy!

Just let them slide into and out of view!

This skill will become a part of the New You!

Who doesn't have thoughts they dislike? 

Learning to let them float away releases you to become authentic!

Most important, it liberates you from fear.

Practice. Fake it till you make it. Become. 

It's a process that never quits giving you - You!

Thomas3.20.2010

A New Day!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 22, 2018

Yesterday I had a tooth pulled - a molar. It had a secret root and even with the anesthesia the sound was horrendous! When I saw the disgusting thing that had been polluting my mouth, I was appalled! Then once the anesthesia wore off - holy molar! My whole face swelled up and of course, my dinner amounted to the biggest milk shake that Sonic sales. I worked at Dairy Queen for 10 Years so milkshakes are not a treat!

You could say that yesterday sucked except you can't suck when you've had a tooth pulled! Now, granted in the scheme of things having a tooth pulled is not on the list of worst possible outcomes - yet, I refuse to let it be "no big deal." For me in that moment it is a big deal! WHAAAAAAAAA! [How do ladies do it?]

It reminded me of how whacko some of my earliest days of Smoking Cessation were. Some of them were mind boggling crazy, Yet I just learned to ride the wave - feel what I feel - and to believe, to know, the "tomorrow is another day!" Poor Scarlett didn't get much right but that line she got perfectly!

If you're having a crummy smoke FREE Day - come here and whine - we'll provide the cheese!

Just stick to your commitment because you sure don't want to have to go back and do it again! That's the difference between my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and yours! You have a choice to never go back! You just keep going forward no matter what!

I still have 7 more molars! LOL!

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In 1997, Joann pleaded guilty to third degree murder for killing her husband, Robert Curley, to claim his $300,000 life insurance policy.

 

Robert Curley was hospitalized in September 1991 with flu-like symptoms, complaining of debilitating pain in his palms and the soles of his feet, and began vomiting and losing his hair.

Just as Curley began improving in the hospital, his wife visited, bringing pizza and thallium-spiked tea, authorities say.

The same night, they say, he told a nurse, “Please help me. My wife is trying to kill me; she is not as she seems.”

His heart stopped the next morning. 

It took Joann more than a Year of constantly poisoning Robert before he finally met his demise.

His death was very slow, painful and expensive!

Sound familiar?

Nicotine is a Serial Killer that kills more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. Far more Americans have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than in all the wars ever fought by the United States.

And they don't die quickly - smoke a cig and die - NO! They kill all of these people very slowly. painfully, and very, very expensive!

In a broad review of scientific literature, the nation’s top doctor has concluded that cigarette smoking — long known to cause lung cancer and heart disease — also causes diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancy. Bladder cancer was added in 1990 and cervical cancer in 2004.

Other health problems the report names are vision loss, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired immune function and cleft palates in children of women who smoke.

 

Then there's the pain, chronic and unrelenting. Smoking is incredibly harmful to the body and can lead to diseases known to cause chronic pain. For example, smoking causes chronic back and neck pain by contributing to osteoporosis and the deterioration of spinal discs. ... Smoking also contributes to the joint pain found in conditions like arthritis.

 

A neurotoxin called acrolein is generally blamed for the heighExpensetened pain. Researchers found that mice accumulated this substance in their spinal cord tissue, among other places, when exposed to the equivalent of 12 cigarettes each day for three weeks. 

 

Not only does smoking cigarettes increase the amount of pain a person feels, it could also limit the effectiveness of drugs used to treat arthritis in the lower back, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

 

Smoking has also been shown to damage joints, like the rotator cuff. Various studies suggests that smokers are twice as likely to experience a tear and 1.5 times as likely to have an overuse injury. New research also shows that smoking can have some devastating effects on many other parts of the musculoskeletal system.

 

Smoking can have a detrimental effect on the knee as well. Smokers have a greater risk of cartilage loss than those who don't smoke. It was also shown that smokers had a higher severity of pain in the knee.

 

The sad, sad truth of the matter is that these are just a few of the painful contributions of smoking. 

 

And the expense??? Wow! Just Wow! the American Lung Association reports smoking costs the nation $333 billion per year in health-care expenses and lost productivity to boot. But it’s hard for the average person—specifically, the average smoker—to wrap one’s brain around such an enormous figure.

 

 So what is it costing me? Well it depends on which State you live in but estimates determine Smoking Can Cost You $1 Million to $2 Million in a Lifetime.

 

I want my money back! Hell - keep the money - I want my Health back! I'd even settle for getting my Life back!

Thomas3.20.2010

Your COPD Info Needed!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 17, 2018

If you are a medical professional, a care provider, a loved one, or suffer from COPD please take this survey!

Take the Survey

Speak up and let your needs be known!

Now is your chance to be heard!

I love words - the way they communicate - their true underlying meaning and implication - their ability to change our way of thinking. With just a single word I have changed my perspective. One example is

Become

We all know how difficult it is to get out of our comfort zone in general but add Addiction to the mix and it's a real challenge - simple, not easy - but doable.

Inject an Attitude of Gratitude and you up the ante for Successful Recovery from Nicotine Addiction. But I also believe that embracing rather than resisting the change of Lifestyle that accompanies smoking can also give us more Power and Sense of Self Control and Decision. 

That brings me back to the 2 words I started out with: Enthusiasm and Excitement.

Enthusiasm, for example, comes from the Greek word enthousiasmos which means possessed or inspired by God. So when I fill my Heart, Mind, Body and Soul with God - however I choose to understand Him/Her/It/Them - I become excited about taking care of my own personal Gift of Life. It becomes precious to me and helps me be motivated to protect it from the destruction of smoking. To do any less than protect and work my Recovery disrespects that Gift. 

Gifts for Body, Mind and Spirit

Excitement is another word we can use to change our Attitudes about change and growth. Based on the Latin word excitāre excitement actually means to set in motion. We often think of Smoking Cessation as not doing when in fact, true Recovery requires that we set in motion a new, different, exciting lifestyle change. For every "reason" we had to smoke we have to find a motivation to do differently. Motivation by the way means the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. It's not lack of - it's moving forward with meaning!

Just for today try injecting Enthusiasm and Excitement into your Quit Journey. I believe you'll find that pesky Addictive thinking become overwhelmed with your Positive Attitude!

We're going forward not stopping!

Keep stacking those Days of Freedom - one at a time!

Today is Day 2941 for me.

I didn't jump here - i worked my Quit each and every Day with  Enthusiasm and Excitement!

Thomas3.20.2010

End the ENDS!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 5, 2018

Did you know that e-c-g is out of style now? Not smoking them - oops! I mean "vaping" them. Just calling them e-cigarettes - I guess it's too much of a reminder of just how dangerous they really are....As everyone reminds us - not AS dangerous as cigarettes - but not safe either!

Find out what that harmless sounding glycol and glycerol actually become in the process of vaping - formaldehyde!

Then there's diacetyl, the chemical flavoring used for popcorn. Sounds harmless enough, right? Think again! Diacetyl causes Popcorn Lung a.k.a. obliterative bronchiolitis, a severe and irreversible lung disease every bit as wicked as COPD!

Read more: Opinion | The Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigs - The New York Times 

ENDS will end your healthy living! Think about this - would you rather have arsenic or cyanide? Care to investigate which is "safer?"

Thomas3.20.2010

In Memorium

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 4, 2018

Today we solemnly remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was taken away from the World 50 Years ago!

 

inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. quotes - If you can't run walk but keep moving

 

Sometimes when we can barely think at all, it's good to remember Dr. King's immortal words. 

If you feel compelled - don't mistake this feeling for necessity. There is absolutely no "reason" you need a Sickerette. Do whatever it takes - go for a run, take a long walk, or if it's all you can do - punch a pillow, even climb into bed and sleep it off. But honor your word to yourself:

I will not smoke!

Discrimination is destructive. 

Smoking is destructive.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is just keep moving forward but never ever give up!

Fulfill your Dream of FREEDOM!

Thomas3.20.2010

Hallelujah

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Apr 1, 2018

[OFFICIAL VIDEO] Hallelujah - Pentatonix - YouTube 

 

Here is one message about Easter that I hope you will take to  heart, 

Recovery is a mini Resurrection. 

Jesus died to redeem our sins and to give us the ability to have a fresh start.

Recovery means giving up Addiction and all the lifestyle that comes with it

and starting fresh with new people, places, things, and actions,

not forgetting but forgiving - ourselves as we know He forgives us 

And then trusting

Ourselves and our Creator

That Life conquers Sin 

Always! Forever FREE!

Thomas3.20.2010

Forever

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Mar 28, 2018

What does this word mean? You will often see on this website When you see that phrase what emotion comes up? 

 

Do you feel hope, peace, calm, release, strength?

 

Or do you feel dread, exhaustion, frustration, fear?

 

Science tells us that the whole concept of time in general - past, present, and future are all relative. 

The Illusion of Time: What's Real? 

 

I like to think of it this way - the past is gone, the future will get here in it's own good time, and all that really counts is now!

 

Forever is a series of nows!

 

It's a comfort to me at all times. I have no regrets but I do have memories and those memories taught me lessons about what I want and what I don't want, what I can control and what I can't control, who I choose to be.

 

I also have hopes and dreams - they establish my goals, my road map so to speak. But I can't make the future happen - only the present which I find helpful because I can handle this moment! It isn't at all overwhelming to decide what I will do this moment. I base that decision on my road map but I don't have to cure all future problems now - just my now. I can do that!

 

So what is my Forever Quit? It's a goal - a direction. Making it come true happens every single moment of every single day - for me that's 8 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours and 15 minutes.....

one single minute at a time!

 

At this moment I choose not to smoke!

Forever is my goal that prioritizes my now.

For me: it stole my health.