Hello All

I have smoked more than 20 a day for around 25 years. Anyway my poor Dad, an ex smoker just got referred for chemo, I packed smoking in the next day. That was on Friday, so just about at the end of my third day.

No matter how hard it is it will be nothing compared to what my dad is going through......the thought of that is what is keeping me going.

To all you also in the process of quitting - keep going - next time you have a craving, imagine the doctor is about to tell you that you have cancer.

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  • I have smoked more than 20 a day for around 25 years. Anyway my poor Dad, an ex smoker just got referred for chemo, I packed smoking in the next day. That was on Friday, so just about at the end of my third day.

    No matter how hard it is it will be nothing compared to what my dad is going through......the thought of that is what is keeping me going.

    To all you also in the process of quitting - keep going - next time you have a craving, imagine the doctor is about to tell you that you have cancer.

    Hello and Welcome dont know what say to sad stuff like that best wishes to your dad ,well done to you quitting keep it up

    nic

  • welcome

    Hi there. Such a sad story. Please be careful and read lots here and use the forum- I know you have a very powerful reason to stop, but obviously it is also a very stressful time and people can get conflicted.

    I will be thinking about you and your Dad, hope you keep posting.

  • Hi there, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's cancer... Two years ago I gave up for the same reason... I did so sucessfully for a year... Once the rawness of the cancer diagnosis was gone, and mum mums treatment was over it wasn't quite so emotive anymore and there was a false sense of security surrounding my quit... I had some MAJOR stress which was unrelated to my mum's illness a year later, and thinking that I could have a few drags on a fag and be ok, I smoked because I didn't have my mum's cancer to spur me on. That was 12/12/09 and I continued to smoke until 31/12/10. My point is, no matter how concrete your reason is, please don't be complacent (sp?) when your Dad is well again. I am not saying this to be unhelpful, its just I have been exactly where you are and you need to quit for you as well as because of your Dad's illness. If I were you, I would make a list of all the reason you have quit so once your Dad's better you have back up reasons to remind yourself of why you don't smoke anymore.

    Well done on your quit btw, keep it up. :D

  • Thanks

    Hi V

    Thanks and your comments are spot on, I stopped smoking in February 1999, after that I was smoke free until April 2002, when I remember one drunken afternoon having 'just one'. 6 months later I was back to a pack a day :mad:

    The big lesson I learned is that you can never have just one, so for me the last cigarette I will ever smoke was at 945pm on 6 January 2011.

    I have lots of reasons, all I need was the spark to make me stop again...

    And bizarrely I am now absolutely certain that I will never smoke again.

  • Good for you neveragain,

    I am sorry to hear about your dad, I hope everything will be ok for him.

    I stopped for 2 years once & like everyone else who starts again thought just the one................ :mad: Nothing else to say is there.

    Like you I feel this is 'the one'. My attitude & feelings this time are totally different & cannot, at this moment in time, ever imagine going back to it again. Don't even want to say the word :p

    Gaynor xx

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