It has been two years since I took my last puff.
How I've Gotten This Far
This website made it possible for me to succeed in quitting smoking for good this time. I have tried many, many times before.
The first article I read was Christine Rowley's story about living with emphysema. Sadly, Christine died in 2004 as a result of her smoking. However, her heart-felt story, telling what day-to-day life was like when hooked up to oxygen was what I needed to finally quit. I urge everyone to read the personal stories of members and what they went through, plus their triumphs.
I enrolled in the online Smoking Cessation 101 email course. I participated in forum discussions. I came to the realization that I would never be able to take one puff ever again if I hoped to be a former smoker. All of these things, and the incredible support I got from this site were enough to help me through the tough days, the impossible hours, the minutes that would drag on and on without a smoke.
One of the best hints given to me was to write down the reasons I wanted to quit smoking. I was graphic and honest with myself. I installed a little quit counter program on my computer. Every once in awhile I check it out to see how much money I have saved and how much time I have added to my life.
Though I don't participate much in the forum anymore due to my busy schedule, it is still here when I need a pick-me-up. I like to log on to read success stories and to check out the physical changes that occur at different times since I have become smoke free.
I am healthier and happier now. I love bragging about not smoking.
This website has been such a blessing to me. I hope you all take advantage of what it has to offer.
- Not One Puff Ever (N.O.P.E.)
- Support is here when you need it.
- Knowledge is power.
Terry Martin, About.com Smoking Cessation, says:Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about smoking cessation, Susan. Your account is full of practical tips that will help those coming along behind you quit smoking successfully too.
And congratulations! Two years of smoke-free time is a huge accomplishment. Many who reach this point go on to make cessation a permanent way of life.
On to year three -- there are more smoke free benefits in store for you. I have a hunch you'll notice and appreciate every one of them!