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Posted in Getting started 26 Apr 2013

I think the main reason for my making another atempt at quitting smoking has a lot to do with a fear of becoming very sick. I'm now in my forties and it's a time of life when things can start to really go wrong. I'm a volunteer fireman and I have noticed that I'm struggling to keep up with my mates in training and out on the job. It's a lot more labour intensive than it used to be and I'm also fearful that I'll let my buddies down when I should be at my best.

It's all so worrying. I feel terrible after every cigarette and it makes me wonder what on earth my limitations in life are if I can't kick this habit. If I'm not strong willed enough to throw cigaretts away, then what good am I when a "crunch time" really comes? These are the questions and worries that are rolling around in my head because of this stupid addiction.

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  • dr.feelgood, Western NSW April 26, 2013 | 8:29
    well it is time to give up the fags. if you really want to stop you you can but don't worry about it, don't make attempts just stop. if you are worried about you health see you doctor, well all the best.
  • MargW, Hunter New England April 26, 2013 | 9:00
    One day I went to the Dr to get results of a MRI for a unrelated problem and they found a non malignant tumor that needs to be removed as it is pressing on my optic nerve and intruding into the brain. He said 12 mths of ops to remove but WONT OPERATE if I smoke. So gave up that night other wize I was signing my own death warrant. With the help of my son I stopped that night am now on day 44. Yes just do it for yourself as most Drs are starting not to treat smokers. Go for it ,I am feeling so much better after 30yrs. Smoking is just a master we the slave to it. I am loving my new freedom. :)
  • Eric101, Northern Sydney April 26, 2013 | 9:03
    Thanks for that!! Now that I hear doctors are starting to refuse treatment to smokers, it's another reason to add to the list. Maybe thats what works on me? Scare tactics! :) Thanks for your comment. I am indded taking that on board for real.
  • oldrocka, Nepean Blue Mountains April 26, 2013 | 10:05
    mm sad to hear some Dr's not treating smokers! do they refuse treatment to heroin addicts too? or any one else with an addiction.Dont they take an oath, or is that just for non smokers. i have been smoke free for 86 days BUT i still think treating smokers like that stinks!!!!! worse than any smoker would. Disgusted
  • Sami, Hunter New England April 26, 2013 | 11:31
    Hi Eric! You left a great encouraging comment on my post earlier today :) I'd like to say thank you! Also I am my own worst enemy when it comes to willpower and saying NO! This is also my 5th attempt to give it up for good. I've even tried Champix in the past but was giving up for the wrong reasons and not for myself so it didn't work out. This time I'm doing it for myself and I kept an open mind and have stuck to taking the tablets religiously. I'm on my 2nd day of being smoke free and I can say that it's getting easier as the hours tick away. Just keep strong and I've found that everytime my cravings or thoughts come back I come on here and it seems to give me that extra push to keep going! Thank god for this site and also lovely people like you who take the time to reply to my posts :) GOOD LUCK and stay strong! if you want to get a hold of me or need encouragement.
  • Sami, Hunter New England April 26, 2013 | 11:34
    I'm only 26 and I feel like an old lady! I've started going to the gym again and already I can see such a difference. I'm sure you will too :)
  • Eric101, Northern Sydney April 26, 2013 | 12:07
    Sami - Not the dreaded gym! Noo!! I do power walking and try to stay on top of things with diet etc.. But it's finding ways to keep my hands busy when I get bored. I'm on annual leave, so I can sit down and play the guitar or type away on the computer, but I dont know how I'll go when I get to thes stresses of work on Tuesday. That will be the REAL test for me. But just take it one hour at a time. Thanks for the email.

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