Today I am 2 years smoke free. I celebrate today because two years ago I made the decision that I didn’t want to be a smoker. I didn’t want to smell like cigarettes or fool myself that I could hide the smell from others. Even if I did succeed in hiding it, the mentality of going around wondering if others could smell it on me was ridiculous. I didn’t need to keep spending money on a habit that was getting very expensive to maintain. I didn’t quit because my youngest son was nagging me to quit and he even went to the point of going out and purchasing me some "Nicorette Gum" (smile). Because the more he nagged me about the dangers of smoking, the more I was determined to quit for myself, by myself and without any NRTs. Two years later, I still have the unopened Nicorette Gum that he purchased for me (smile). When I decided for myself that I wanted to quit, I prayed about it and asked God to deliver me from the desire to smoke, and to heal my body from the effects of smoking. Then I set my quit date. I had already discovered this site with so many wonderful friends who encouraged me daily, answered many questions and supported me even when I didn’t ask for it. (Some have left, others are still here helping to support others.) I noticed that I was smoking less and less daily and the taste was getting to be awful to me. I knew then I would succeed. No turning back for me. So, I ended up quitting before the quit date I had set for myself. I threw away any reminders of smoking and never looked back. I came here to the "Daily Pledge" group and pledged daily because I knew if I made a pledge, I would keep it. I have been coming here faithfully for the past 2 years. Wow!!! Not only to get inspiration but to give the best that I could give to others. Less than 2 months into my quit, tragedy struck. I lost my 3 y.o. grand baby in an automobile accident. I was tested and tried but smoking a cigarette to "get through this" never crossed my mind!! I want to encourage you that you can be a successful quitter if you have a made up mind and you really want it. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
This is "MY SUCCESS STORY"!!! (Looking forward to reading yours!!!)