Great Comment from my Periodontist

Blog Post created by Mommamich on Sep 25, 2018

So this really has nothing to do with my oral health progress however the conversation is what I wanted to share since it really hit me how right he is.

Doc: So, how are you doing with your quitting smoking?

Me: Am doing good, well on my way to becoming a non-smoker.

Doc: Oh Michele, you will never be a non-smoker.  That would be like telling a mother she can be a virgin again.

Me: What do you mean?! Being a non-smoker is the ultimate goal of anyone who give these up.

Doc: No. Being a non-smoker is someone who has never smoked.  Your goal is to be an ex-smoker.  A non-smoker has no idea the courage, strength, resolve and sacrifice the ex-smoker has had to endure.  Being a non-smoker is easy, being an ex-smoker is a sign of strength and commitment and I am in awe of your accomplishment so far.


Wow! I never thought about it like that but I will from now on.  I don't want to be a NON-SMOKER......I want to be and EX-SMOKER!


Have a great smoke free day all.  Keep looking ahead, not back.  You don't live in the past anymore.  One hour at a time and we will make it.