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Knee Surgery led me here

Posted in Getting started 16 Oct 2017

Last Christmas I tripped over the dog. Nothing big, hardly even hurt but that was the beginning of a pain filled year which is ending in knee replacement surgery which is scheduled in 2 months. I do not want surgery. But I also do not want pain. I am doing everything I can to increase my chances at a successful knee surgery. I lost 50 pounds, I am having dental work, I had been putting off for years scheduled, and now I quit smoking. I didn't have quitting anywhere on my radar but for some reason after smoking for 35 years yesterday at 1PM, I said "I'm done". I never had any desire to quit before, in fact if anyone brought it up I quickly put my hand up to silence them. I didn't want to hear it. I liked smoking. I had no health problems. I was fine. So what the heck happened yesterday? I really have no idea. None. It just came into my head and within minutes the decision was made in my own mind and typically when I make a decision like that, I follow through. I have to believe I will be successful. So that is what led me here- tripping over the dog!

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  • CoffeeBean, Mid North Coast October 16, 2017 | 11:58
    Well that is great. Keep up the good work. I would like to recommend a book to you called "never take another puff" by Joel Spitzer. I find it keeps me motivated.
    Tripping over that dog might have been a good thing after all. ;)
    Keep it up. You got this.
  • Fullofhope, South Eastern Sydney October 16, 2017 | 14:47
    A fantastic story with a happy ending. I admire your sudden resolve and hope that it sustains you through the trials and tribulations of quitting. This site is very, very good for when you feel like a cigarette, for when you need motivation to stay quit and for inspiring you to keep at it. And it does get easier as time goes on. I hope it goes well for you.

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