FEAR----We have nothing to fear, except fear itself.--How true that old saying is.

Discussion created by klaire-aka-mystic-silks on Nov 11, 2008
Latest reply on Nov 12, 2008 by klaire-aka-mystic-silks
Thought I'd pick up on Edith's fear topic because I have a story to share about go ole FEAR.

Many years ago, when I was in my late 20's, I thought I had the desire to quit. But back in the 60's and 70's it wasn't popular to quit. Heck, the Marborel (sp?) cowboy was still sitting high on billboards, : His handsome face smoking a cigarette. There were no quit smoking groups, or many medications out there to help you quit. In fact I recall a cardio MD, smoking a big black cigar while giving me a stress test. After the test, he told me to quit smoking; it wasn't good for my health.I turned around in shock, " Why you smoke!" I replied. He said, " Do as I say, not as I do."

So, I did try to quit on my own. At the time I had 4 kids all teenagers!!
I was under a great deal of stress. I had been off the cigs maybe 2 weeks, and while driving to work one day, I got a slamming pain in the chest: It felt like a mule kicked me. In pure panic,
I turned the car around , drove as fast as I could to the ER at my local hospital.They admitted me into ICU, hooked me up to all the machines.

I was in for a week before they decided it was not a heart related incident. But more like a panic attack from all the stress I'd been under. One of the doctors told me to go back to smoking till all the kids were grown and gone--:)
Well, I never tried to quit again since that painful, panic, fear filled day--not until this last Aug.
Yes, fear of this and fear of that, can prevent us from taking life saving steps in our lives. But, today there are so many programs, so many support groups, and medications that can help to make quitting a success.
WE need to stop using the fear factor in our lives. Don't quit because of what you fear, quit because of all that you love: And that includes --YOU!