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Hi All - i am new to this site although over the past month i have been reading everyone’s quit stories to help with my own so i though i’d share mine.
I am 27 and have been an 11 year / half a pack day smoker, i decided to quit this time around as i’ve had shortness of breath as well as back n chest congestion for the last 9months (not sure if muscle related, need to get checked). I quit July 20th 2019 - it isn’t my first quit but it is my longest, 41 days, i cannot believe i’ve come this far given i was so heavily dependent and addicted to the cigarettes, i couldn’t go anywhere without them.
My first 2 week quit (2 years ago) really is what opened my eyes - after that, smoking was not the same, i had a sense of awareness that it wasn’t right - it’s like the 2 weeks of being smoke free ripped me from a 9 year vortex and open my eyes. Hard to explain. Over the 2 years from then and i had only ever been able to quit for up to 2 weeks on multiple occasions before caving in to my addiction.
Now that i have come further than ever i feel a lot better from every aspect but every day is different - i moved house this week so it’s been really tough - longer, harder, physical cravings - I’ve come to far to give up now plus i’ve saved $700, my kids don’t smell smoke on me, my chest is still congested but i think thats muscle related, i’m running agin (with a knee injury) and loving life....
I hope you are all tracking well and this story helps in some way or form!
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