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March 4th, 2005, 12:06am
I am a chain smoker. I am 26 years old and I have smoked heavily for the past five years. I lost my mother to COPD and emphesema in 2000. She was 48 years old. I easily smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. Well anyways today I had a strange feeling inside that I better quit. My chest began to hurt, so I got on my knees and prayed. I asked God to please let me live to see my baby grow up. I decided today that I am going to quit smoking. I know how much harm it is doing to my body. I don't feel healthy. The reason I am writing this is because I would like anyone who can to say a little prayer for me to have enough stregth to quit. Thank you very much. :)
March 4th, 2005, 12:13am
I am saying a prayer for you. Surround yourself with loving support. Let others help you carry this load and the weight will lessen each day. May health and sucess be yours! :gvibes:
March 4th, 2005, 12:16am
I smoked for nearly 9 years, also easily a pack a day. Quit cold turkey when I got pregnant. Best thing I ever did. I wish you well and know you can do it if I did!
March 4th, 2005, 12:17am
Good luck to you, and believe me praying does help. I have smoked heavily for years and I mean close to 20. 2packs a day. I have felt crappy for almost 6 months now, pains here and there and when I breath. I kept saying I gotta quit. Well the other night, I went to bed and asked for strenghth to quit. I woke up the next morning not even wanting one and its now been 1 day 23 hours since I quit. I just started but I am really trying. I have been using www.silkquit.org.
Good luck, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! I know you can do it.
March 4th, 2005, 12:17am
When I was your age, I smoked 2 packs of Salems a day. By the next year or so, I was smoking 3 packs a day. I then changed to Mores, which go out by themselves, and got down to 1 1/2 packs a day.
I finally quit at age 29, when I got a huge black sore in my mouth--I was afraid it was cancer, which luckily it was not. I used 1/2 box of Nicorette, and I haven't smoked in 18 years on March 7.
Hang in there, and keep quitting until you really do quit.
March 4th, 2005, 12:38am
Thank you everyone for the words of encouragement. It really helps. I have to be at work in an hour an I will not be taking any cigarettes with me. I work in a locked facility and once you are there you can't leave until your shift is over. I am a little nervous but I'm gonna do it.
March 4th, 2005, 12:47am
Good luck Claudesnb, I know you can do it. You have to do whatever works for you. If you think thats a good way to quit go for it.
I know tomorrow is my get out and shop day and I am one of those people when I drive I have a cig in my hand. I am really worried about it.
The first day I thought was really easy. I didn't even crave any. But I do find when I talk on the phone I look for my lighter. Its habit. And I found when I talked to someone that stress's me I almost consider having one.
Now today, I sorta went threw trying to rationalize. Like if I just have one. Thats it. Because when I went to bed the other night I really had no idea I was gonna quit, I just said a prayer for god to give me the strenghth cause I didn't think I could do it on my own. And I woke up not even wanting one. But if I had just one, I know it wouldn't stop and one and I've came this far!
March 4th, 2005, 6:51am
:gvibes: You can do it! My dh quit over a month and a half ago and he smoked for 18 years. You have to just stop cold turkey. I smoked for about for about 6 years and I quit when I got pregnant with my son 5 1/2 years ago. It was the best thing I ever did. My health isnt the greatest but I am more healthy now than I was then. Take care of youself and eat lots of hard candy.
March 4th, 2005, 9:49am
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking!
Good Luck to you, and you will be in my prayers.
Please take care.
March 4th, 2005, 10:56am
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
March 4th, 2005, 11:19am
I quit when a friend who was very fit and young died at 35 from stomach cancer. My suggestion is to use the gum, (it really gives you a nice jolt and is equal to 4 cigs) and spend that money you would have spent on cigs on something nice for yourself. Reward yourself. Also expect the first 3 days to be the worse.
March 4th, 2005, 11:53am
LISTEN to that feeling that is telling you not to smoke. No matter how much you think you want to smoke picture your child and remember all that your Mother went through thanks to smoking. Let your body heal and I am sending you good wishes to be strong while you get to the point where you know you are a "former smoker". :hugs:
March 4th, 2005, 12:12pm
You can do it - you have everything in the world to live for. Ignore that nasty voice that whispers "just one won't hurt." The addiction center in your brain is going to be lying to you for the next few weeks. Ignore it - talk to it if you have to - and stick to your guns. You'll think of about 100 reasons why you should smoke, but remember - it's just your little "guy in the black hat" lying to you. I quit almost 2 years ago, after 30 years. I was up to 3 packs a day, and almost had a heart attack. My little black-hatted guy still pipes up once in a while - I just tell him to shut up, I'm not smoking. You can do it too.
March 4th, 2005, 4:32pm
Thaks everyone for support. Last night at work I didn't crave a cigarette but the weirdest thing happened. At about 4 am my heart just started beating really fast. It was almost like I was having an anxiety attack. I never had one before but I think it was one. Anyways when I got of work this am I lit a cig. I tried to smoke it but I really didn't enjoy it. I just woke up at 1 pm. I brushed my teeth and now I'm sitting here chewing gum hoping I don't smoke again. :worry:
March 4th, 2005, 7:57pm
Claudesnb, actually I have read what you have describe can be totally normally when quitting smoking.
I have been using this site also. It has tons of info on it.
I really hope your doing well today. I made it. It was very hard I went out to lunch which is normally a big time smoke deal with me. I even sat in non-smoking. I caught myself a few times digging in my coat pocket for a lighter. But I made it and just ate dinner and am fine.
I know you can do it. If I can believe me, you can. Even my husband can't believe I have stopped. I was a heavier smoker then he is.
March 4th, 2005, 11:29pm
You can do it! The main ingredient for successfully quitting smoking in my opinion is that you want to quit because YOU want to quit. Not because someone else is nagging you to quit, but because YOU decided for yourself that YOU wanted to quit. After about four days your body will have kicked the nicotin addiction, and after that it's up to you. And because YOU wanted to quit, that part will be a breeze...a refreshing, smokefree breeze that bathes you in the cleansing waters of sweet success. Rejoice in your accomplishment and take a deep breath, probably without coughing for the first time in a long time. :yay: