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Posted in Getting started 04 May 2019

So, I've decided to quit finally, starting tomorrow. And I'm so scared. I've been smoking for 18 years and it shows. Weazing, can't catch my breath, severe cough... I'm scared I can't do it. Im scared it's going to drive me crazy. But I want to quit! So, I'm glad to be here, reading all of your stories. Im gaining encouragement and im finding comfort.

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  • BethP May 04, 2019 | 15:44
    Congratulations on your decision to quit. It won't be easy but you have a wonderful community of people here who have been where you are. In no time at all, you will start to feel better.
    Good luck to you!
  • Happiness May 04, 2019 | 17:41
    Hi Jayme and welcome aboard the journey to a wonderful place. Be prepared for some turbulence but if you weather it out, you will find your sea legs and find the voyage not as bad as you think. Cravings are nothing but mere thoughts. Turn your attention to something else or take deep breaths until it passes. Think of it as the little monster begging for his survival. Who will win? You are also fighting for your return of health, and it is very possible. You will notice a difference in a few days, the wheezing will subside. So many benefits to quitting. Hate the cigarette and it will have no power over you. You will lnot crave what you do not want. Make up your mind that you want to be a non-smoker and you will be. If you doubt, he will torment you, Believe and he is helpless in a few hours.
    The body is a powerful thing , healing itself and surviving all these years of abuse. The mind is just as strong. Do not fear this journey but embrace it. You will be forever grateful that you did. Positive thinking brings positive results. You can do it!
  • Safe2017 May 05, 2019 | 8:49
    Everyone on this forum at one time or another we’re scared and didn’t think they could do it. Based on my experience i assure you that you can do it but your desire to quit must exceed your want to smoke. After initial hardships you will be free and it is a great feeling. Good luck.
  • Robn May 06, 2019 | 10:59
    Hi Jayme,
    Try to replace your feelings of being scared with being happy to be quitting. If you can embrace the whole idea with all the positives quitting will bring to your new life....look forward to each new day. There is nothing to be afraid of...this will be the best decision of your life
  • Kathy Karban May 06, 2019 | 11:56
    129 days quit( smoking for 42 years) keep busy, drink a lot of water,talk to us!! every time I think I want a cigerette, and sometimes I still do, I will get on social media and tell one of my friends that I have quit smoking, then I dont want to look like a liar, so I dont smoke, works for me. you just have to find what works for you!!!! best wishes!!!
  • Candy, South Eastern Sydney May 06, 2019 | 16:01
    Yep, as with Kathy above, have smoked for just on 41 years, a packet a day (sometimes more) and have not smoked for three months as of today (yipee). I ride my bike and say to myself (don't deny yourself, think of positive things) "I want to breathe!", so think positives not negatives.
  • Happiness May 07, 2019 | 5:49
    Let us know how you are doing Jayme. I hope that we were able to give you the comfort and encouragement needed for you to commit to this journey of freedom. Many of us thought that we could not quit either. It can be done and you can do it too. Believe, think positive, and embrace the opportunity to be a better, healthier, wealthier you!

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