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I am now nine months down the track and cannot quite believe that I have achieved this or that I was ever, even a smoker. What reminds me of it is the almost daily wish for a ciggie. But that passes and life goes on ... a little bit heavier, a little bit richer and without the constant humiliation of being a pariah.
It does get easier - that is for very sure. But it is never easy. There are always memories (well at least at this stage). What makes it easier to battle those memories is knowing it would be such a waste getting through the suffering of those first three months (and there is a quantum relief after three months) only to smoke again.
I just keep looking at the list of reasons I wanted to stop when I am feeling low about it (which is rare these days) and that inspires me. I am also incredibly inspired by my fellow travellers on this site and want to particularly acknowledge Lia who will be celebrating her one year anniversary of quitting this week.
It is great to be sharing this experience with so many determined people. Long may it last.
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