12 days and really struggling!!

Hi guys,

Don't really know how to address the forum as it's the first time I've posted on here. I've now been quit for 12 days. I was admitted to hospital with severe chest pains 13 days ago which really scared me. Anyway turns out it was just a muscualr injury to the chest wall but made me think seriously about what the future would hold if I kept smoking. I'm 24 years old and have smoked for 7 years approx 7-10 per day averaged out (probably more)

I Guess I thought I was untouchable for my age and that nothing would happen to me but if what happened on that Thursday is anywhere near the pain of angina/lung disease or any other smoking related illness then it really has opened my eyes to what smoking and the consequences. So why am I still here craving a cigarette thinking it's ok Mark only 1 more then I will quit!

First day back at work today and feeling really stressed. I guess I'm just writing this to help the cravings go and remind myself of why I'm quitting so well done to everyone that's still keeping themselves smoke free. It's a real encourangement to see people with such a great determination to get through; I just hope I can keep up.

Anyway the cravings relented slightly so I'm off to stuff my face with some sugary thing to finish the craving off.

Keep up the good work guys:)

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  • Hi Mark,

    That must have been very scary for you!! I can't imagine having a scare like that and thats why I have decided to quit early in life as well. You can do it!!

    Quiting smoking is a huge accomplishment and it is a very hard process, but with the help of people on this forum we can all do it together. We have taught our bodies to deal with smoking and now we have to train our bodies to deal without smoking. This takes a while, but eventually we get there. Everyday is better and better even though sometimes it feels soooooo much harder each day. Your thoughts about smoking will subside and you will find that thinking about a ciggie is rare. You can get through this - really you can, so dont give in to the nic demon. You are nicotine free now and you dont want to ruin that - your lungs are healing and your body is thanking you for being so kind to it. Don't smoke - fight the urge because it is worth it in the long run. You are free from the demon - stay FREE!! You can do this - don't give in to that monster!!!! Good job!!! It gets easier - I promise you. ;)

  • Dont you dare! You'll only feed the constant health worry!

    Just think how nice it is to be free :)

  • Hi Mark,

    12days is huge.You have done the hardest part, in my opinion.

    Just promise yourself , no matter what, that what ever that voice says is not true!!

    Just know that you must not listen to the voice.It is the enemy!!!!!!

    Or am I the only one with the voice????

    At 24 you still have so much to do.Wouldnt it be nice to do it all without being a stinking smoker??

    Don't listen to the VOICE.

  • Anyway the cravings relented slightly so I'm off to stuff my face with some sugary thing to finish the craving off.

    Keep up the good work guys:)

    YES, YES, YES.Thats the way:)

    I just had 3 kit kats whilst reading your post.

    Only in support of you of course!:D

  • keep going mate

    well mark it seems me and you are nearly in the exact same postion. Im 24 and today is my 11 day quit. I didnt quit for any over-serious health reason. I just began to hate the fact that smoking had begun to affect my body the way it has. I cant work out, run or have sex (at 24 thats a big one :D) for half as long as a used to be able to and that was because of the demon weed. Im finding it torture at times espeically yesterday which was a day from hell but other times are quite easy because i know that i dont need fags ado you. Welcome to this forum it really is a beautiful place and rememeber we are here to hold you hand through this difficult journey

    stay strong

  • Hey Mark,

    Your doing soooo well, keep up the good work. You have come so far and you can do this.

    Dont just have the one ciggy, it is the nic talking, it's still telling me that! Stay strong!

  • Or am I the only one with the voice????

    Don't listen to the VOICE.

    hmmm, voices in your head are probably never good lol

    Keep gong Mark - 12 days is 10 days further in than me - and if you gave in you would be 2 days behind me! SO DON'T!!!!!!

    Keep strong mate

  • Well done Mark :) I'm on day 9 and having a pretty good day, however i'm also craving sweet things the thought of a sugary jam doughnut is just heaven!

    You're doing great ... the nicotine monster inside your head is trying to fool you ... one more and you're back to square one ... just think YOU NEVER HAVE TO DO THE FIRST 12 DAYS AGAIN!

    Keep it up :)

  • Great thanks guys!

    Hi guys,

    Feeling much better today; much stronger within myself. I had one bad craving in the office but a quick check on the forum to read replies and other posts and it reminded me that indeed I do not need a cigarette. Of course a quick visit to the 21st floor roof garden on my lunch break and a sheer blast of ice cold wind and rain just emphasised even further why I want to quit. So thanks everyone and keep up the great work.

    No doubt I'll have some other episode of really wanting a cigarette but I'm prepared for it now and am determined not to give in, so thanks for the advice and support.

    Keep strong folks!!

  • Thanks guys!

    Hi guys,

    Feeling much better today; much stronger within myself. I had one bad craving in the office but a quick check on the forum to read replies and other posts and it reminded me that indeed I do not need a cigarette. Of course a quick visit to the 21st floor roof garden on my lunch break and a sheer blast of ice cold wind and rain just emphasised even further why I want to quit. So thanks everyone and keep up the great work.

    No doubt I'll have some other episode of really wanting a cigarette but I'm prepared for it now and am determined not to give in, so thanks for the advice and support.

    Keep strong folks!!

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