Borrowed title I know from the great Nelson Mandela-but apt I think
I have learned loads from this forum. The main thing is that it doesnt matter how long you have smoked or what gender,class.or age etc. We are all on this walk together. Used to think that my quit would be harder cos I had smoked so much longer. What rubbish!! and I am glad I found this forum for that reason alone.
We are all struggling sometimes or else we wouldnt be on here.
I started smoking in the early sixties . A bit too careful and naive to smoke anything else -but it was what us cool hippies did.
Married and had two boys -and still it was ok to smoke -the lounge in the maternity ward was full of new mothers puffing away[curiously cigs taste awful when pregnant so I didnt. nature is a funny thing].
Then the strain of bringing up a family and working with no family around to help. I thought I deserved my cig breaks.
wind on a good few years and I needed my cigs for what was still known as nerves. keep you calm and off the happy pills.
into the nineties and the no smoking brigade are telling us truthfully -for goodness sake quit. if not for yourself then your fellow man.
I dont smoke at work at all , but fall on my pack of ten like a starving wolf when I get home. think I deserve it.
A year ago I noticed that I didnt want to walk my dog so far and had little energy for much else.
Then the wheezing started -a little bit at times -then at night.
got scared -really scared.
A few false starts -and I am more determined than I have ever been now.
this forum is a godsend to me .
I guess what I am trying to say is this.
I was the most stupid woman on earth . I so dont want any younger member of this forum to get so unhealthy. please dont .
I cannot believe how much my health has improved after only one month. And I have very obvious proof very quickly.
when you are younger the benefits wont be so noticable -and must make the quit harder. just imagine yourself struggling for breath and always looking for escalators in case you had to climb the stairs?
I am striding out now on our walk to freedom with you all beside me -and so thankful. walked three miles last night and felt reborn:D
hope I havent made you all fall over the pc with boredom or nausea:eek:
just wanted to tell you cos I care passionately about you younger quitters xx