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“Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” ~Vironika Tugaleva
You have to feel it to heal it - the only way out is through: (link:

PLEASE just don't chance it.  To quote our dear Marilyn Marilyn.H.July.14.14...."for if I drink I do not think."

Please honor your quit this weekend and don't drink.  It is a proven quit killer.



Dental Surgery

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 23, 2019

I imagine I will be missing from here for a bit.  PLEASE don't ANY of you smoke (or drink more than one serving of alcohol) while I'm gone.


I am having dental surgery at 8:00 AM tomorrow.  My biggest decision is if I REALLY want to eat breakfast badly enough to get up at 5:00 AM?!


(maybe TMI - but I was born with teeth that had little enamel, so to prevent dentures, I had them all capped in my 50's.  Little did I know that the lousy teeth would disintegrate under the caps, anyway, and eventually not stay on - necessitating removal of 16 stubs with placement of  temporary dentures, implants starting some months later and then permanent bridges)


Tomorrow are the extractions   I have NO idea how they will get these out - and probably don't WANT to know ahead of time. I am dreading this like the plague - but did take some steps to get ready.  I have cleaned my entire house, including my large front porch, tidied my gardens, gotten in soft foods, Gingerale,   and ingredients for fruit smoothies, got a pain Rx from my GP, and gotten a ride.  I prepared for this............


kinda' like you need to do to quit smoking?!!!


Be kind to each other while I'm gone - and DON'T smoke!



Some helpful tips: 


Please be VERY careful, especially in the early days of your quit - and even later for some people.  I have read too many blogs here from people who have lost their quits while imbibing.


Drinking is just not a good companion to a quit, and...

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


I was thinking the other day when reviewing my medical history with my soon-to-be dental surgeon how much my choice and hard work to recover from 2014 serious surgeries and rehab have been of benefit to me. When I was released from the rehab facility (after two major surgeries, including sepsis,  two stints in a rehab facility that had no right being in business) finally, I could not even stand up without help.  I worked with the PT first at home.  I walked every day with a walker, going a little further each day, then with a cane.   I went to PT three days a week for months.

Kinda' like quitting smoking? You decide to do what is necessary to reach your goal, you put in the hard work, and finally, at the top of that mountain, is SUCCESS!.

I cannot imagine my life now if I had not persevered after those surgeries. I can STILL do all my own yard work – am now pulling up a huge patch of ground ivy that is taking over a portion of the back of my property   I am swimming 40 minutes of freestyle and backstroke laps.  . I can't do what I did when I was younger, but my life right now is exactly where I want it to be.

Decide! Put in the necessary hard work! ACCOMPLISH IT!

A recent post had me researching this topic and I found some interesting articles/studies on it. 

"The current studies found that nicotine withdrawal reduces secreted thyroid hormone levels by 9% in C57BL/6J mice." 

"PARIS – Smokers who have recently kicked the habit could face a significant increase in the risk of developing new-onset hypothyroidism.  The risk is greatest within the first 2 years of quitting, when it can run as high as 5 times the risk of someone who has never smoked..."


Risk of Hypothyroidism Rises With Recent Smoking Cessation | MDedge Internal Medicine 

Vol 6 Issue 1 p.3 | American Thyroid Association 

Weight Gained after Smoking Cessation May Be Caused by Onset of Hypothyroidism 


Be informed!



"I was out with some friends drinking, I thought I could enjoy that one cigarette with being smoke free for 5 years. Was I wrong, it was gradual but i started smoking more, then it went to almost a pack a day."


To an addict, there is no such thing as "just one."  It will inevitably lead to another, and another, until you are a smoker again.  If you drink, it's easy to think it's OK.


Please don't chance it.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose. 



On July 4, 2012, I decided I was not going to smoke another cigarette NO MATTER WHAT.  I did not come to this decision on my own; a vascular surgeon finally woke me up to the  health consequences of continuing.   I have been smoke free now for 7 years!  I COULD blame the itch or any of the following WHATs as a reason to smoke:


My kitty died.

My boss/coworker got on my nerves.

My customers "  "  " "..

My SO             "  " "  "..

My job is stressful.

My MIL creates drama.

My daughter/son/boyfriend is getting on my last nerve.

I'm gonna die of SOMETHING - so I may as well smoke.

I have a healthy lifestyle.  That should protect me from (insert one):  COPD, osteoporosis, tooth loss, cancer, wrinkles...

I like smoking and it's my only vice.

I don't smoke THAT much.

I'll quit when my life calms down.

I'll quit when (insert one):  I lose this extra weight, I get a less stressful job, my kids leave home, my MIL moves away...


If you think about it, NONE of these are reasons to smoke, or put off quitting.  What do they all have in common?

They are EXCUSES!.  Excuses created by an underlying fear of failure.

I was one of those people who thought she would die a smoker, because it was just TOO HARD to quit.

I am here to tell you that it isn't.  A little uncomfortable in the beginning, a few really tough days - but it's quite simple.  You make up your mind not to smoke another cigarette NO MATTER WHAT and you honor that decision each and every day.  WHAT events/people/emotions are always going to be in your life.  YOU get to decide how to respond to them.

I would love to celebrate 7 years (or more) with each and every one of you.  If you are just starting out, stick with it.  If you have some time under your belt, stay vigilant.

Seven years is in my rear view mirror - and looking to celebrate many more milestones!




Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 1, 2019

Did you correctly guess what the Ocean Conservancy lists as the most common item collected in beach cleanups? It isn't straws but cigarette butts. Read more on it here:


Now - what could be MORE disgusting?  And - they didn't come from folks ON the beach, but from upstream/up river into the storm drains and eventually to the ocean.  2.4 MILLION were collected internationally in 2017. 

I must admit to having contributed to this problem when I was a smoker...............disgusted now by my actions.

GLAD I don't do that anymore.