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Johnnie
South Eastern Sydney
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"Homely Visit"

Posted in Quit experiences 03 May 2018
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Hi everyone, thus site has been a home to me for almost 2yrs when i decided to quit. I still check the site from time to time and do not see many recognisable names from my early days, although i feel sure that they have not regressed. The whole situation is that when one is out of the woods from smoking the thought of cigarettes disappears and one may not even have the thought any longer to visit this site. However i do feel for the beginners and in betweeners as i realise the agony early in the piece. One must go through this form of agony and frustration. What is important to note is that the agony will be rewarded in the end if one doesn't regress as then the whole agonisation that was experienced will become sorrow. So, hang in there and give it all you have. Cheers everyone.

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  • Dolly66 May 03, 2018 | 21:10
    Hi Johnny,
    Nice on you to check in on us newbies.
    I stopped smoking before I signed up on here.In the beginning I just read stories and they helped me cope,they were stories from you,Dobbin,Wendy,
    Red,old phart any many others and often had a laugh,thanks to all of you,remarkable people.I wonder how many people you have helped like me.
    :) Dolly
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney May 03, 2018 | 21:40
    Hi Dolly and thankyou for your kind words. It is a pleasure that i may have assisted you on your quit journey. I was always with the motto "you will never know until you try" but smoking is now one thing I regret i ever tried. Still today everyone has a bvetter chance to quit having regard to more health issues and also ever increasing cost. Stay strong and chew a mint if you get a craven......i ate hundreds of mints lol. Cheers.
  • Dolly66 May 03, 2018 | 22:20
    It has been a challenge going cold turkey nearly 4 weeks ago after a bad flu and chest infection.
    I lost my sister last year due to her lungs not working anymore and had been on oxygen a few years before.She was going on 64 years old.
    My mother passed away at 80 years old with copd but never smoked.
    My father died at 55 with a burst aorta.
    I’m 52 and smoked for 38 years.
    When red says cigarettes make you stupid he is correct,after going through this over the years and thinking I’m still bulletproof is a joke.
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney May 03, 2018 | 22:32
    Dolly, very sad to hear your words but life must go on. You are doing well in your quit effort but as i said if cravens become intolerable at least get some 4mg lozenges and have half of one when needed. This is how i began. It takes at least 90 days before you are out of the woods. Bye for now Dolly and good luck.
  • ronryan65, Western NSW May 03, 2018 | 22:51
    Hi Johnnie, like you I have to come back here for a reality check and a reminder why Im doing this, I spent my first 100 days here nearly every day reading and writing Story's as well as coming to terms with my Addiction. Thanks to you and Everyone for being there for me. 230 Days later Im still on the right track and able to get on with my life, One Day At A Time.
  • Dobbin May 04, 2018 | 8:08
    Hi Johnnie. Great to see you are still around. I remember the early days and the fight to stay quit. I check in now and again and am chasing my first 1000 days quit. Still 100 days behind Lia. Good Onya mate.
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney May 04, 2018 | 8:37
    Hi Ron and Dobbin. Glad to see you fellas are doing well.
    Yes, i jump in from time to time to check out the site but it's as i previously mentioned when smoking is out of the mind one does really forget the torture that was endured.
    However,when i remember the people from my early days on this site i do like to check it out. In one way I feel it gives me more motivation to continue. Just touching 2 years now and YES it DOES feel and gets better. Cheers to all. .........
  • Pegster May 05, 2018 | 1:23
    Thanks to you folks and your early days and now encouraging stories of current days. Keeps us (91 days) folks going and rejoicing!
  • Red-67 May 05, 2018 | 8:34
    Hey,, :) It's an old timers reunion :)
    Good to see all doing well, and Pegster,, 91 days,, Way cool :)
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney May 05, 2018 | 9:06
    Hey Red how you doing? Been a while. Yes, we bumped and tossed in the early days mate but doesn't it feel nice now catching up from time to time with people we mostly shared our tortures. As i have said previously if one is seriously considering quitting then he or she will definitely see the light in the tunnel. Cheers Red.
  • jenno211058 May 05, 2018 | 20:18
    Hi 5s to you Johnnie coming up to your 2 year anniversary,
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney May 05, 2018 | 20:40
    Hi Jenno hope you doing well too mate. Red was right we all seem to be having an old fellas reunion. Cheers mate.
  • Lia May 06, 2018 | 12:36
    Hi Johnnie. Good to "see" the old timers pop up now and again. Just a great reminder of our often tortuous journey. We have reached the end of the tunnel and been "spat out". The hard yards never go away as we know oh so well from the experiences of others and how easy it is to fall off the wagon... We are not on our own and know there are supporters here cheering all of us old and new quitters on.
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney May 06, 2018 | 14:18
    Hi Lia, nice of you to join the reunion.....lol.....
    Yes you are so right in your comments.......temptations may arise but one just needs to think back of what needed to be edured to reach the light of the tunnel. I for one do not think i will revert and enjoy the uprising cost of cigarettes which is also a very big deterrent. Cheers.
  • jenno211058 May 07, 2018 | 12:22
    Hi Johnnie, yes still on track, not wavered from my goal of ticking the calender on the 26 Sept, marking 3 years...
    who would of thought, least of all me of getting to where i am now.
    I just had to believe in myself.....

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