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FIRST: Although it is a minor milestone for me, I really only want to post to tell you how THANKFUL I am to be part of this community. I have read hours of posts and have even used the search tool on this site. I pretty much get a "dose" of encouragement from this community on a daily basis.
==> For those members in this group that are ex-smokers for a period of time: I'm not sure you know how powerful your stories/journeys mean to some of us starting out. I am beginning to believe we can choose to make it easy or hard. Just reading the many posts tells me it is what we make it to be. Thank you all for your valuable time just to help us newcomers along. The posts are beneficial, they are so powerful, persuasive and promising (PPP!) for me personally, and I can guess, for others as well. I have read about the ups, the downs, pain, agony, frustration, failures, new commitments and about successes, benefits and confidence, new beginnings, a new life... It is all very valuable so please continue to tell your stories. WE ARE LISTENING!!
==> For those beginning on the path of being a non-smoker, like myself: Please continue to tell your stories too. We are not alone. There is no "easy button", and I think most of us know it's only natural to expect some resistance. However, emotions can spike and we are here for each other. Listening... tears, laughter, anger, loneliness, joyfulness.. Please continue to tell your stories, you are not alone. WE ARE LISTENING!!
SECOND: I want to say that 2 weeks in and I am in a very different spot than I was, even a week ago. I was jittery, anxious, miserable and feeling alone, but low and behold, these feelings are fading away. I am cherishing my journey and becoming aware of the freedom I have now and realizing there is much more to come. I have bad moments, sure, but I have to get over it and move on. I think I'm the kind of person that needs to be "on guard" and continue with NOPE - Not One Puff Ever because, I already know just one puff will put me back to square one as it has happened before and I don't want history to repeat itself.
I have seen week #2 before many times and have to admit that it was common for me to "break" between week #2 and week #3. I have not yet surpassed week #3, but I am determined to pass week #3 this time. I don't want to be STUPID! I have the power and strength to do so and a lot of the power and strength is coming from this community. MANY THANKS MY FRIENDS!! - hugs!!!
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