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8 years and NOPE

Posted by ryan44 Feb 14, 2020

Just got a message that you wanted me to check in. I am still a non smoker and it been 8 years. I quit on Feb 13. The picture that goes with my post is my dog Dudley. Unfortunately yesterday was really hard for me because we had to put Dudley down. Today is not too good either. But none of it caused me to smoke again. When I finally quit and it had been 40 years that I did smoke., I said I will never put another in my mouth ever. I did not. So for all you folks that are new to quitting keep it up. Don’t let anything get in your way. Thank you to the people that are here. I will always remember how you have helped me and I hope others will stick with it too, because of you folks. 

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2000 days Wow!!!

Posted by ryan44 Aug 5, 2017

When I got up this morning I had no idea it would be my 2000 day. I knew when I got a few messages in my e-mail. 

Thank you all for the congratulations. It sure doesn't seem that long. But then again it kinda feels like I've never smoked. Weird feeling. Yeah but I do remember the struggle of first quitting. I thought it was the hardest thing I ever did. One thing I will alway remember is I never want to go through that again. And one way to prevent that is to never smoke again!! Thanks again for all the congratulations. 2000 and still counting!!!

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ryan44 Archived Profile

Posted by ryan44 Jan 23, 2017

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quit smoking on Feb, 13 with the help of the patch.  On april 29 went off the patch and have been smoke and nicotine free since.  Live in Ct  with my 3 sons ages 22,21,16 and my oldest sons girlfriend. Their Dad stays here some times and his mom (Grandma) lives downstairs with 2 cats.  One son has a dog  and one son has a cat.

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mom, waitress


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pogo games, red sox, family


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4 years and counting-2

Posted by ryan44 Feb 13, 2016

Today is 4 years since I last smoked.  There have been many ups and downs in my life since then but nothing that would cause me to smoke.  Since I made my decision to quit I have had a stroke, quit my job, got another one, had fights with my daughter, lost people in my live, but nothing to make me ever think about smoking. I will alway remember the word N.O.P.E.

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4 years and counting-1

Posted by ryan44 Feb 13, 2016

Today is 4 years since I last smoked.  There have been many ups and downs in my life since then but nothing that would cause me to smoke.  Since I made my decision to quit I have had a stroke, quit my job, got another one, had fights with my daughter, lost people in my live, but nothing to make me ever think about smoking. I will alway remember the word N.O.P.E.

ryan44

4 years and counting

Posted by ryan44 Feb 13, 2016

Today is 4 years since I last smoked.  There have been many ups and downs in my life since then but nothing that would cause me to smoke.  Since I made my decision to quit I have had a stroke, quit my job, got another one, had fights with my daughter, lost people in my live, but nothing to make me ever think about smoking. I will alway remember the word N.O.P.E.

ryan44

3 Years and still going strong

Posted by ryan44 Feb 16, 2015

  On Feb. 13,2012, I finally quit smoking. I smoked for over 40 years and finally I had enough of it.  That was the only time I quit and its been my forever quit.  Like all you people here, it was with this site that I maintained it.  There are so many people that I know that tried and failed and I really think it has been this sight that keeps you going.. I got an e-mail telling me that it was 3 years since I quit. Wow, that was great. So I came back here and read some of the blogs and I want to tell you folks that you can do this.  I sure didn't think I could but I did and you will too.  

About 9 monthes after I quit, I had a stroke.  I was in the hospitol for 5 days and during that time I wasn't able to talk or for that matter, think much.  I am now better and I can at least write all this.. If  you folks read my past posts you'll see how much I have progressed.  During that time I have been busy with Playing games and doing all I can to get my speech back.  It has definately worked.  I'm not really back to where I want to be but I'm so much better.  I have gone back to my job and quit it.  But you know I didn't smoke.  Got another job  just for XMAS and quit that too.  But thats ok and I'm sure not going to smoke over it. Right now I'm home because this winter has been horrible, So I will try in March or April to get another job. But you know I'm busy taking my son to school and back and then to his job, and trying to run a household with 6 people in it and we can't forget gramma downstairs. Definitly enough to keep me busy!! 

Thats part of my story and the rest is in front of me. And thats just where it should be.  Loved that blog about the story.  

  Thank you jonescarp aka dale for the heads up. Actually it has been 1004 that I've been quit and I haven't felt better.  I have pretty much recovered from the stroke I had almost 2 years ago. There has been a lot that I'm grateful for, like my family and friends, and the people here that have been with me through my start of my quit. I have never wanted to smoke again. It seems to me that I worked so hard to quit that I never wanted to do that again. I know with me it was hard work to quit. I smoked at least 2 packs a day for 40 years. It was a lot of changing. So first I quit smoking, and then I gained about 15-25lbs. So after I got the smoking under control, which was about 8 months, I decided to go on a diet. I am now down about 25 lbs and eating a lot healthier than I ever was. So for all you people just starting your quit you can do it. There are so many people on this site that will help you. Right now I am 62 years old and I'm definitely not thinking of retiring. I have more energy than I did at 40 because at that time I smoked. I just started a new job and bought a new car! You can do it too. Quitting taught me that. Quitting taught me that I can do anything I want and I will. You can too! Thank you to all the folks that send me messages.  I really appreciate them. 

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2 years

Posted by ryan44 Feb 13, 2014

Well I am now at two years that I've been quit. The money I have saved is $9,322.46. Wow, Sure wish I had that money but at least it didn't go to cigs.Instead it went to vacations and buying clothes. So glad I quit and thanks to the people that have helped me on this site. Couldn't have done it without them.

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Laughing

Posted by ryan44 Jan 21, 2014

You know when I quit smoking I did not realize the benifit of being able to laugh again.  When I was smoking I couldn't laugh without coughing.  Now all I want to watch are comedys because it feels so good to laugh. and from what I hear laughter if the best medicine.  

Hi my name is Ryan and I successfully quit smoking using this website.  I haven't been here too much lately but Shawn brought me back. Thank you Shawn for e-mailing me about the bon fire.  I just got the e-mail today or I would have come. 

I am doing real good since my stroke.  I have been able to learn to talk again and to think too. I am back to work at my job as a server and trying to remember the orders is going okay. I only have trouble expressing myself sometimes. I am very lucky to be able to talk again. So far everything has been good. 

I just want you to all know that this is a great web site with really great people who really care. So for all you people who are just starting your quit or 100 days into it keep comng back here. Its never too late to quit I was 59 when I finally quit.  It was the best desision I ever made and probably saved my live when I had my stroke.. 

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Sorry haven't wrote in a while

Posted by ryan44 Apr 28, 2013

I am now at 440 days since I quit smoking.  Its also about 41/2 months since my stroke.As you can see I'm doing so much better now.  I can talk and type much better now. I have started back at work and my boss has only had me on 2 or 3 days a week.  I am out of theraphy now too.  At first I had to remember everything from my kids names to how to work my i phone. Thats was forever giving me problems like the buttons clicking on to delete stuff. Finally learned how to click it off thanks to my son.  When i first had this I also did not know how to type anything. My son had to do it for me when I was back in the hospitol . So much progress has been made. So far I have been dismissed from all of my doctors except the brain doctor and I don't even have to go back to him until 6 months.  So I am almost normal not quite but progressing  pretty good, My therapst seems to think I  have to high standard for my self . Well I just want to be the best possible I can be.

Thanks Nancy for checking up on me.  

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Hi to all

Posted by ryan44 Jan 16, 2013

I am writing to let people know what has happen to me. I have had a stroke. I had this on Dec. 8 2012.  I have been recovering ever since. At first I could barely type, But due to the hard work of friends of mine I have been able to text. Talking is going pretty good now. I do theaphy to train my brain to like follow through. Really it has been a very good out come and its like l 1/2 month. Just have to get my mouth to follow through. Lots of hard work and computer games.  One of the things I play all the times is word with friends and scramble. Its working and I'm finally able to beat some people.  

I want you folks want  to know about the hazards of smoking.  The stroke is one, Asthma, COPD, Heart problem,and problems with there legs and arms. I never really knew that my problems with my arm or  legs was dues to smoking. 

Well I will let you all know about how its going with me. After all I sure want to be her to celebrate my 1 yr.annaversary! 

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324 day at time

Posted by ryan44 Jan 2, 2013

Well it been 324 days. I am talking a little better. As your know I have had a stroke. The stroke is not to bad although I am getting better.  Every day is a little easier. The most important thing I have learn here is not to smoke. It had been so much easier when telling the doctor that I don't smoke. I know it is hard when you just start out but keep to it.  I have been tell in my friend son not to since he is only 22 . You don't feel it then but the difference is huge. Let this be a lesson to those who smoke not too. Let this be a lesson to all you folk out there that it can happen to you. 

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my last blog

Posted by ryan44 Dec 22, 2012

I want to thank all of you for support. I have made it for 313 days. During recent week I have had a stroke. I am  not typing as well as always. But my still are getting better . Its has been 2 week since I have been in the hospitol. That you all for you good wish.