OK. I just told a very close friend of mine that I have nothing to say but truth be told, I feel like I have too much to say and might never shut up!
I'm royally ticked off - not at smokers - at Nicotine! It robs me daily of quality of Life, even of the will to Live! And I quit 8+ Years ago! Darn it! I'm valiantly cleaning up my language!
Do you have any flipping idea how hard it is to constantly be worried about whether you have enough oxygen to make it through another "normal" day? Do you really get what it's like to take 15 meds and 3 inhalers and constant nebulizers all the time?
Oops! I can't do such-and-such because I need to take my meds. Awe, I can't go here-and-there because I don't have enough oxygen. Gee, I'd love to go swimming, or run, or bike or you-name-it but I can't do that any more!
All because of Sickerettes! My friend had to have a lung transplant. Another friend had to have surgery to cut out the bad parts of her lungs. This do-do is real!
And yes, you do have a choice. In fact, it's all about choice!
When I first joined way back in the day we used to say "Make the decision and then respect yourself enough to honor that decision no matter what! Still good advice.
People always ask about how hard it is to quit - why don't you ask how hard it is to not quit?
Time to take my meds....