a long journey

Hi, this is the first time I've ever posted on here although I pop in every night and read all the new posts.I've found it to be a great support just knowing that others feel the same way. There are times when I doubt my own sanity.I have been smoke free since 15.12.09 after smoking for 40 years I was diagnosed with copd but still continued to smoke for another 2 years until the inhalers and steroids didn't help. It's such a powerful addiction, you only find that out when you try to stop.I have been using nrt patches and I'm down to 3mg (I cut them down) I sound pretty pathetic that's because I was a complete addict. Thanks for letting me ramble I feel a bit better.Will post soon now that Ive crossed the thresh-hold. marie.

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  • Hey Marie.... you don't sound pathetic at all.... actually you sound brave.... brave to tackle your nicotine addiction after 40 plus years. Congrats to you for having stuck with your quit.... hang in there and trust that it will get way easier, you just give it time. Welcome to this forum... it's a good place.... lots of nice folks, lots of information to strengthen you quit, and plenty of support to keep you on track. bella xx

  • Hi Marie :D

    Huge well done on your quit so far you're doing really well

    In no way do you sound the least bit pathetic just hand in there and it will soon start to get so much easier for you Promise

    Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathising with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    This link is good for the psychological part of quitting whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Sympt...

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Love

    Marg

  • Well done

    You are doign really well. Posting and reading here will help you stay smoke free. Glad you found the forum.

  • HI Marie

    Congratulations on your quit, wow you are amazing from 40 a day to nothing and over a month. Well done.

    Glad you have joined us, it can be a bit daunting that first post, but honestly we are all here to help, support, never judge and have a few laughs along the way.

    Look forward to reading your progress through the boards.

    hugs...xx

  • Your doing great,keep it up.:D

    You know you can.

  • I Hope the road to smoke free will be lit by sunshine

    You are amazing as it is surely harder to give up when you have to other than free will and choice from what Iv read your COPD will get no worse and could improve so hang in there and again congratulations

    Here is my poem which I wrote as my mantra

    I’m really glad that you’ve quit

    Cause in the past you’ve smoked some sh**

    Smelly Hair Hands and Breath

    Shorter Life but longer Death

    Up the hills you’ve got no puff

    Smokers cough that makes you rough

    So pass each day without the weed

    Cause only then will you succeed

    So Bravo to all that now don’t smoke

    Cause early Death is sure no Joke

    xxxxx

  • a lighter load to carry

    thanks everyone your kindness and support means a lot to me. A long journey is much shorter if you have company along the way. marie.

  • Well done with your decision to stop smoking. I too have COPD and didn't have long between being diagnosed and becoming quite unwell. I used patches which helped me to get used to not picking up a cigarette and eased the cravings until I felt able to deal with it all myself. There is a lot of information in the websites in our signatures which you will find very helpful in getting your head sorted about the nicotine addiction and what to expect as you go along your journey.

    We are all nicotine addicts, you are not alone, I welcome you and hope you get what you need from here.

    Best wishes.

    Jackie

  • Thanks jackie I'll have a good read until I can get the message into my stupid head.How is your copd doing now?I've noticed a big improvement but lose my voice in the evening!!!!!! marie

  • Hi Marie,

    Good on you for making the decision to quit.

    Like yourself & Jackie I have COPD also. Was diagnosed a few years ago also. The more scared I got thinking about it the more I wanted to smoke & the more scared I got. How stupid hey? I am suffering quite badly & KNOW I CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO STOP SMOKING. The consequences are too awful to think about & waiting till it's too late is not an option.

    When I stopeed last year for 3 months the change was amazing, my chest was so much better if that helps you at all.

    So keep going & keep strong, we're are all with you :)

    Gaynor xx

  • thanks for your support gaynor it does help. sorry to hear that your copd has worsened, does anything help? light exercises or swimming?

    marie x

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