Today marks 606 days since I quit smoking cold turkey. Many of you have been following my journey and know that I went through quit a bit in the early days of my quit. I am happy to say that on most days, the light now shines brightly for me. Last year, I was diagnosed with Lupus. For those of you who don’t know, Lupus is a quite devastating and painful autoimmune disease that attacks the skin, joints, the brain, and most of the other vital organs. It is an exhausting disease that keeps people in bed for months on end. I tell you this because before I quit smoking, I couldnt walk a grocery store without needing to sit down and rest. Some 20 months out, even with Lupus, its nothing for me to get on my treadmill for over an hour without becoming winded or feeling like I need to stop. Catching my breath used to be my biggest worry. Now my biggest worry is if I’ll get a cramp in my muscles from working out too much. Please do not give up. Just knowing that you won’t have to struggle to take your next breath is well worth any aggrevation you may have at the beginning of your quit!
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