Day 15

Hello everyone,

This is my first post, as I just joined today. I'm 35 years old and have smoked a pack/day since I was 16. Never tried to quit until now and decided to pull the trigger on quitting cold turkey. I never thought I would make it this far and I also never thought it would be this hard. It's like constantly feeling like a family member has died thusfar. Just a feeling of loss all the time. The busier I am, the better. At work, things don't seem nearly as bad, but once I'm home, that's when my thoughts are totally pervaded by smoking.

Also, I find that I'm a bit withdrawn, irritable with family and friends and just overall not too happy about much. It passes from time to time but I definitely thought that after two weeks it would be easier. I guess it took a long time to develop such a nasty dependency and it will take a long time for things to get better.

Congrats to all that have made it this far and beyond!

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  • Welcome and well done on your quit :D

    The feelings you are going through will pass I am sure. Work keeps as busy and occupied where at home we can choose to do or not to do. It is easy to get the grumps at home I know. Try changing your home routines, plan what you are going to do. Change things, keep yourself busy then when you relax savour the feeling of being healthier, less breathless, more serene. It will happen and you will feel it. You just need to readjust to your new healthier life. Take 5 and focus on that and just keep strong.

    Gaynor x

  • Hello and welcome! You will feel strange for a while it is like loosing your best friend, but not a real friend. all this is part of quitting it will take a while for your body to adjust, you done it for so long.

    I would suggest you read some of the links under the signature's of the forum members they really helped me in the beginning.

    It does get better hang in there it is so worth it.

    I wish you good luck.

    Maria.:)

  • Thanks! Everyone I know that has quit tells me that it continues to get better and that you really start feeling more healthy. I think once things like the shortness of breath, etc. start to go away, it will be more rewarding to have quit. I'm determined to see it through, no matter how tough it gets.

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