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I’ve been a smoker on and off (mostly on) since I was about 16. I started in high school, and have attempted to quit many times over the past 14 years. This is probably my strongest attempt yet at 33 days. I had struggled with other issues of addiction (mainly marijuana) in my early-mid 20’s only finally giving up when I fell pregnant with my now 3 1/2 year old daughter. And I did quit smoking when I was about 24ish weeks into my pregnancy. But when I had to start proceedings to receive child support from her father and attend family court the stress became to much and I went back to my trusty friend “the cigarette”. I turned 30 last month and have been struggling financially and as we all know smoking isn’t the cheapest habit- so I finished off that last pack of smokes, scrounged up enough for a pack of patches and am slowly feeling better, breathing better, not freaking out that I’ll get lung cancer and not see my daughter grow up. It isn’t easy, I still get cranky and irritable often but it’s slowly getting easier. Now my next goal is to loose weight and stick with going to the gym.
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