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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