I googled this site a few weeks back before making the decision to try Champix (everything else having failed) and was wondering what other users experiences were like. To be honest they seemed so positive so I finally got my prescription today and start taking the tablets in the morning.
Feeling very positive but also reckon I should boost my chances by getting as much support as possible. So maybe a few of the kind non smokers out there can help me along the way?
Here's a bit about me. Had first cigarette at 6 (stolen from mum's packet), was a regular smoker by 16 and now at the age of 40 am a proper chimney. Tried to quit many times with limited success, both cold turkey and patches, Zyban and even tried hypnosis - expensive mistake and realised this as soon as I met the hypnotherapist, an American called Wayne!
Still starting smoking was another expensive mistake so was just throwing more money down the drain I suppose.
My parents both smoked and even though they quit a few years back (you'll find out why in a second) I very sadly lost my dad to emphysemia last year. Watching him slowly deteriorate and move on to 24 hour oxygen and never be able to play with his beloved grandsons broke my heart and just before he died he said he had had a wonderful life with no regrets apart from one - ever smoking in the first place.
I have two young boys who beg me to quit (husband smokes too but they don't give him as much grief) and I am ashamed to admit I smoked through both pregnancies - just lucky they both came out big bouncing bruisers.
All summer I have been promising them I would quit when they went back to school so here I am about to embark on a journey which I am bizarrely excited about (although nervous too - my oldest kid said tonight he didn't think I'd manage it but I damn well will this time!).
The past year has been very difficult for me what with losing dad but also lots of financial troubles (another good reason to quit) which led to lots of anxiety and far too much wine consumption but have been seeing a wonderful counsellor and totally sorted myself out and now feel in better shape emotionally than for years and have managed to cut the drinking habit back massively. Also managed to knock a far too regular other smoking habit on the head which will of course help with quitting the fags - the herbals were always my downfall in the past.
I feel strong, I am ready to be a non smoker and start my journey tomorrow but would love a few friends to help me along the way.
Am hoping Champix is as good as everyone says but also appreciate that this is also down to me and no miracle cure.
Friends and family say they know I am nearby before they see me because they always recognise my cough - how sad is that. Am looking forward to being able to creep up on them and catch them unawares!
Would be nice to hear some positive vibes from other quitters, Champix users or not, and share our thoughts and experiences as we gain control once and for all.
Told my kids tonight about how evil cigarette companies are going into third world countries dishing out free cigs to get the very poor hooked - now how can I carry on paying money to these pigs to support that?
Join me if you want to and help me on my way.
Here's to tomorrow - I can't wait!