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Repeated lung infections

Posted in Reasons to quit 04 May 2016

Hi everyone!

I've been trying to quit for 20 years. My longest, lasting around 6 months, my reason was , I had 2 girlfriends die within 1 month with lung cancer, aged 41& 39. My mother smokes, each time she use to visit ,I would start smoking again. . It has got to the stage where I'm exhausted from trying to quit. Mum was up here at Easter and I could here this real scary cough coming out of her. I just didn't want a smoke. I feel like this time I know I will be successful, where other times I was just hoping . It wasn't until I began to get frequent lung infections, was hospitalised in 2014 with pleurisy, it scared me. Which was my wake up call. I have a pack in the cupboard for a month now, and it doesn't phase me. It's made me feel successful I'm not one bit tempted. I always found the lozenges the best, but I freak out if I think I'm going to run out. It was when the company stopped making them in 2015, I started smoking glad they brought them back.

I reduced to 1.5 mg this week, thinking this would be hard, but it was heaps easier than the 4 mg. the more nicotine I have the more I need. So I'm feeling confident that I'm on a home run.

Feeling good after 4 weeks, no cough, but feeling fatigued all the time. So I just meditate , on my back a couple of hours a day.

All the best with each and everyone's journey in being free !!! :-)

I'm looking forward to reading your stories! Xx

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  • jenno211058 May 04, 2016 | 21:33
    Hi Larney11, read your story and have no answers on why you had chest infection, but hope that as time goes by, and have been smoke free for awhile...the infections will be a thing of the past.
  • IC May 05, 2016 | 1:55
    hang in there and when we finally surrender to the fact we are screwed can we start to heal and stop nicotine for good.

    being beat up from smoking is a great place to start the upwards journey so its not such a bad thing if we can use it as a stepping stone.

  • Larney11, Northern NSW May 05, 2016 | 7:25
    The final surrender! yes, I'm glad I was getting sick from smoking, major wake up call. too bad it took that long to finally sink in.
    hoping other people would read my story and give a reality check to stay away from those horrid things.
    I'm feeling so good now! I can breath ! Yay!💁 It's amazing how quickly you body starts to heal itself. Friends are already commenting on my skin, how well I look! Just another incentive!🙆🏼

  • Roseanne, Northern NSW May 05, 2016 | 7:31
    Good on you for another attempt. Getting our head around not being smoke free, I reckon, is the hardest part. It is scary! Gradually we learn to let go, and gain confidence in our new 'non-smoker' status.
    I'm coming up to 8weeks, I really think of myself as a non-smoker. I feel fitter, healthier and I do believe my brain function has actually improved.
    One thing I am still dealing with is filling in all the extra time I have now that I don't have to 'duck outside for a smoke' winning 😄
  • Larney11, Northern NSW May 06, 2016 | 15:47
    Yeah Roseanne,
    I'm spending a lot of time on ... But I notice in the morning, the old routine was coffee and smoke and I had instant energy.
    But now, I make a coffee, then another one, and another before I have to kick myself to make my kids lunches and get into gear.
    What your saying is , things will improve, the toxicity will leave me and I will regain my energy!
    Life is good, well I will go for an evening walk later with my 3 year old, take him to the park. He is my endless energy ... and my defiant button pusher to being stressed ! 😬

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