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trish k
Central Coast

It's never a good time!

Posted in Reasons to quit 07 Feb 2012

You know reading everyones stories makes me feel so determined.

I have posted a couple of times but never told my story. I'm 55 years old and have been smoking since I was 16 thats a lifetime. My dad died of lung cancer at 52 when I was 18 years old and I still kept on smoking without a thought of what I would be like at his age, and did it really matter I was only 18 anyway. By 23 yrs of age I had been married and was widowed 3yrs later, well that was a good excuse to keep puffing away if ever there was one. I had one or two very poor attempts to give up over the years but always had an excuse from, what will I do when I give up smoking? to, oh well I might as well keep going because I guess the damage is already done! For the last few years it has been i'll give up when I feel less stressed, god now thats an excuse that can go on for ever.......until last year I got a script for Champix from the doctor, yeah! I'll give up now, oh no it sat in my top drawer until I thought it had expired and couldn't be filled, but oneday for some reason I walked into the chemist and asked if it could still be used, to my surprise I had it made up and started, twelve days after commencing Champix I quit and have not had a cigarette in 35 days, some of the early days were a little trying but I got there and didn't have an excuse.

Maybe my dad was looking over me saying, you have out lived me but don't keep pushing your luck girl.

If I, the Queen of Excuses can kick the habit, I think anyone can have a go and succeed.....theres no going back for me now its just forward, even if when i'm 90 and i'm living in a nursing home  telling my great grandchildren how to live a long life, I will know it was worth that day I ran out of excuses.

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  • Trudy February 07, 2012 | 11:16
    Congratulations Trish,well done !! you should be proud of yourself,35 days eh ! i'm a couple of days ahead of you.I'm nearly 61 and have been a smoker since i was 15.I can understand where your coming from,have had lots of ups and downs in my life,loosing a leg at 26 due to an accident, amongst other things.I gave up for 11 months a couple of years ago and the saying of just 1 won't hurt you is so untrue,thats all it took just 1.Wishing you all the best.
  • Heather, Hunter New England February 07, 2012 | 18:07
    Hi Trish, That is great! Well done on what you have achieved so far. You are ready to become a non-smoker. I believe that you have to have the right headspace to give up and I think you are there. I am on day 18 today and did have a few moments in week two but seem to be going well now.
    I wasn't going to tell anyone as I think my friends just think it was going to be another failed attempt by me. But I am not going to fail this time.
    wishing you all the very best in your journey.
  • adelle, Nepean Blue Mountains February 09, 2012 | 0:06
    I'm really glad you feel that way Trish. I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. My condolences.
    Thank you for telling your story, you have a great attitude and outlook on life :-)
  • adelle, Nepean Blue Mountains February 09, 2012 | 0:07
    And congratulations for your acheievments of course!
  • PaulaC, South Eastern Sydney March 26, 2012 | 18:29
    Trish, thanks so much for sharing your story. I totally understand the Queen of Excuses part! I also had a parent who died young (My mum, at 55) of smoking-related cancer and you'd think I would know better... I know everyone here is right behind you, cheering you on!

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