Hello, dear EX friends. I actually missed my five year anniversary -- holiday plans got the best of me, so I'm just dropping in to say how happy I am that I have stayed smoke free for five years (well, five years and two days), and will never smoke another cigarette as long as I live. I am so blessed to have found this community at just the right time, and I will never, ever think about quitting smoking without thinking of you all.
Life is so good now. I'm working full time (again) and I love my job. I feel like my brain has awakened, and at just about 71 years old, that's cause for celebration. The holidays were joyful with family and friends. My COPD has worsened, which isn't so great, but I'm fortunate that I even have lungs after how long and how much I smoked. To you new quitters, please know that I was as staunch a smoker as any of you, and I was as scared as you are/were at the idea of quitting. But if you get the education, the support and the wisdom of the folks on this site, you will be looking back at five years of freedom as well.
Can we actually believe it's 2020? Can we believe our worry about Y2K was twenty years ago??? Mind boggling how quickly the time goes by, and you have the opportunity to build those days of freedom one day at a time -- which will turn into one year, five years, 10 years . . . I think you get the point. Happy New Year to all!