First, some of the stories I've read on here are heartrending, mine by comparison is very mundane but if one person reads it and something clicks in their head then it's worth it...
Me: 57, 6'1, 84kilos, senior position in private education, 2 kids, 2 g.kids. 3rd wife, 20 yrs younger, 3rd time lucky, musician, biker and ex wind-surfer.
Started sm**ing at the age of 14 because everyone else did. Could swim long distances underwater and had great lung capacity - always have to take 2 xrays because my lungs are so big. Always said, when I can't do an Olympic length underwater, I'd stop. Hah hah.
Diagnosed with asthma in 1989 while living abroad - healthy lifestyle apart from the fags.
Tried to stop so many times with various techniques - Alan Carr clinic results lasted 17hrs at which point I found myself digging about in the car ashtray for a dogend. Now that's desperation.
Hypnotherapy lasted all of 2 minutes. Acupuncture: found myself sm**ing more, not less. And so on. So I was aware that I ought to stop but I think I was expecting someone else to do the work for me.
Slowly began to notice that my breathing was getting worse, increased asthma meds and got a vague warning from the Doc about COPD. "Blah Blah Blah" I thought and had another fag.
18 months ago returned from China and got pneumonia and pleurisy - was rather proud of the fact that I sm**ed my way through that. Time to grow up.
4 weeks ago was coughing up blood, Doc thought maybe TB picked up in Brazil but xrays showed COPD.
OK, my grandkids came down for the day - 2 beautiful little girls, 6 and 2. the 6 yr old sitting next to me says "Grandaddy, what's that for?" indicating my fag. So now I have to try to explain what it is, why I'm doing it and why it's really not a good idea. Wake up time.
So I'm a Champix chomper, doing what I have to to ensure that a) my wife still has a partner when she's 40 b) I can see my kids grow into healthy middle age c) I can watch my grandkids take their first steps into adulthood.
Sorry that's rather long but reading others has helped me so, who knows...
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