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I Feel Great! Why Quit Smoking?
I asked myself that question many times over the years.
I am never deathly ill or having major breathing issues. Smoking can't be hurting me like it is a lot of other people.
Sound familiar?
That was always how I thought. Then I came down with what I thought was just a bad flu. Tests showed I had Gall Bladder sludge. Nothing major I thought. A small Laprascopic surgery to remove my Gall Bladder and things would be fine.
My pre-surgery EKG looked like something painted by Picasso. Further testing by the Caediologist showed some major problems. Two total cardiac artery blockages and one 80% blockage in another. Major Left Heart muscle death and damage.
I underwent triple vessel bypass a little over 3 1/2 years ago. I survived the surgery thanks to the mercy of Creator Above and the skill of my surgeon.
I quit smoking at the same time.

As of today, I have not used nicotine for 3 years, 8 months, 25 days, 13 hours, 8 minutes and 26 seconds (1363 days).

I've not smoked 54542 death sticks. I've saved 189 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes of my life.

After 42 years, I gave them up because I found out the no matter how great I felt, smoking had done major damage to my body. Nic had whispered lies to me all those years that smoking wasn't hurting me at all.
I now live with very low blood pressure, Systolic Heart Failure, and COPD. There are others here with the same problems or others just as bad.
I hope my story will give someone the incentive they need to throw those death sticks away.
Life without those Sickoretttes is really great!
If you are here and just starting your quit, hang on to it with all you have. The journey is not easy, but, it is so worth it. Ask for help from the others here. We want you to succeed and become smoke-free.
Take the journey one day at a time. You can make it through to the other side.
The journey of 1000 miles begins with just one small step. Take that step today.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master