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Not easy but fantastic

Posted in Quit experiences 16 Sep 2016

Hi. After 53 years of coughing spluttering wheezing dragging spending guilting worrying smelling etc etc I have 375 days nicotine free behind me.

Yes it was almost unbearable at first but bearable. Still can't believe how far I've come.

Someone said giving up won't kill you but carrying on smoking probably would. It nearly did. I ended up with three heart stents.

Being the person I am I watched the whole stent procedure on a screen while the surgeon carried out the op.

My heart was bobbling around whilst I see the stents put in over a three hour session.

When the stents were inflated it was like having a mini heart attack three times.

When I came out of hospital I carried on smoking.

Total insanity.

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  • Lia September 16, 2016 | 19:55
    Hi Dobbin. Always pay close attention to your posts. Am 475 days smoke free. It is posts like yours that remind me of the horrors of my smoking days. I used to wake during the night and had trouble breathing. It was painful to inhale... It is handy to be able to be able to breathe if one wishes to stay alive. If we weren't born with a cigarette in our mouths, then what were we thinking... Anyone who isn't a Babyboomer should know better because of the education provided. In the 50's and 60's smoking was portrayed as being cool, classy and totally acceptable. Memories of sitting at the back of a long haul flight to the USA in 1982 as I joined other smokers are as fresh as the day I enjoyed that flight. I even had an ash tray where I had a seat. Unbelievable... Worst experiences more recently were at Dubai airport in the smokers lounGe. So many people in there. It was so hard to breathe, let alone inhale. Nevertheless, I persevered. Since giving the habit a wide berth, I have found there is a brighter light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney September 16, 2016 | 22:09
    Totally agree with you Lia ........and you right about Dubai Airport smoking lounge....i experienced it in smokey could'nt light up.
  • Dobbin September 17, 2016 | 5:45
    Back in the day smoking was so common few people didn't smoke. I remember going to see a lady doctor for an appointment. She had an ashtray brimming over and a lighted cigarette on. No surprises that she died of lung cancer.
    The first cigarette I had at about the age of 14 made me violently sick. I lit up another one straight away and carried on for another 53 years.
  • willson, Nepean Blue Mountains October 26, 2016 | 19:12
    well done to you better late than never xx

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