I like to talk about the freedom I feel since I quit smoking… because I am hopeful that it will help our new members have hope and faith… that quitting smoking is NOT impossible… No matter how long you smoked!
I was 14 years old when I took a cigarette in the “dime store” [anyone remember those?] One of my so-called “friends” dared me to take a butt and light it up… I coughed and gagged, and I thought I was going to throw up! But back then, it was a status symbol… The “Marlboro Man” was on TV commercials… We were not taught about how dangerous smoking was… It was “in” and you did it, until you were “hooked”.
We all need to accept and believe that smoking is an addiction to the drug Nicotine! And this addiction will make us suffer, get sick and die, if we do not quit, before it’s too late! The “Nico-Demon” gave me COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which is incurable. However, since I quit, my body knows what to do, to heal itself, as much as it can! I no longer have to use an “emergency inhaler” and I don’t “huff and puff” gasping for “air” anymore…
My life revolved around the clock and WHEN can I have my next cigarette? And this fact put me in a prison, literally! I was a different person when I smoked, and now I am FREE!
I smoked for over 50 years, and I am quit soon (August 12, 2020) for TWO years! I never knew what I had lost, until I quit! And, I will NEVER pick up another cigarette, because “going back to smoking”, in my humble opinion, is a depressing, deadly place! And I only knew that truth, when I set myself free!
Quitting smoking does NOT take anything away from me, that is good! Quitting smoking is not a LOSS…It is the beginning of true freedom, that I forgot when I smoked!
If you need help to this freedom, just contact me! I will be your quit buddy or help you in any and every way possible! Rosemary