2 Year Quit

Hi to My Lovely Fellow Octo`s and all others reading this who are trying to kick the dreaded weed.

It is 2 years today since I quit Nicotine, I cannot beleive it , but my trusty quit counter states:

730 Days

18,201 cigarettes I would have smoked

I have saved, rolling my own, prices based on 2 years ago, £2126

As my old quit buddies from this site well know I have had a very up and down journey to be smoke free, but I am, and SO VERY PROUD of myself and my other Octo buddies who have also made 2 years, well done to us all.

My brief story: I had to quit or risk dying early due to cancer, I really loved my fags, and had smoked for 42 years, but my consultant made it very obvious I had little choice.

It took me 6 months, I tried most of the patches, tablets etc, but was either allergic or they didnt work. In the end at 10.30 pm on the 29th October 2009 I threw my last fag end into the flower bed and swore that was my last.

I then signed up to this forum and went through hell like most others for the first few weeks, after so long smoking I was very addicted and it was hard, hard work. But every week I managed , I felt so proud of myself. I had to go through several more horrid times at hospital, but by now I was signing my forms as a non smoker and that felt really good.

Many, many times I nearly caved in, but why didn`t I, the main reason was, this website, and not wanting to let my fellow Octo`s down, they had been so fantastic to me and a wonderful support. My lovely husband had also put up with my rants and raves and I really did not want to let him down.

The final reason is plain bl...y stubborness, several of my friends and family had said that I would not stick at it, so I wanted to prove them wrong and I have.

I gained weght like most others, but most of it has gone now thanks to the gym and slimming world. I now hate the smell of cigarette smoke, it really is horrid, and when I am with friends who go out for a fag I cannot believe how bad they smell when they come back in, it really makes me feel sick.

Unfortunately we are back and forward to hospital again, this time with my husband who has `Myeloma`, a cancer of the blood. When I have to take him in when he is very poorly it is just dreadful to have to walk past this curtain of smoke as we get to the main doors and some of those patients are also very ill and I feel so very sorry for the awful addiction of the dreaded nicotine drug.

Nicotine is such a powerful drug and it takes a lot to give it up, but please stick with your quit or , please, keep trying it really is so worth it.

Dee :)

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  • Dear Dear Dee

    Only now that you've posted can I close (albeit on Monday) October ;)

    Two years ... some potholed journey huh! Oh boy were you tested, but your here and no going back, not for you, ever :)

    Your one plucky strong stubborn lovely lady. My warmest thoughts to you and hubby.

    The flower bed? Got me thinking about my last smoke and where its butt ended up. Can't remember but I do recall that whilst smoking my last full rollie I was reading the instructions on the box of patches.

    Take Care

    Pol xx

  • Hiya Deerizla and Pol,

    You won't remember me but I tried to quit in November 09 and was a member of De Novo's...I narrowly missed out on being an Octoquit by a couple of days. I remember you guys however....so supportive of one another and such a generous, warm and funny group. I unfortunately caved and went back to smoking 3 weeks into my quit and have only now just decided to quit again. It feels funny seeing the Octoquits on here 2 years down the line and humbled...I'm not going to make the same mistake and give in like last time, the inspirational Octoquits shows it can be done....many thanks Lisa.

    Well done on your 2 years quits...wowza.

    All the best for your husband Deerizla.

    XXXXXXXXX

  • hi Deerizla

    congratulations on your two years absolutely amazing

    how are u now u i often think about u since i read your early posts

    hope all goes well for your husband

    boo

  • Hiya Deerizla and Pol,

    You won't remember me but I tried to quit in November 09 and was a member of De Novo's...I narrowly missed out on being an Octoquit by a couple of days.

    All the best for your husband Deerizla.

    Lisa, I do remember you. There were so many De Novo's following up thru' the boards after the Octos.

    Dammed glad to see you back with a quit once again. All the best to you :)

  • Bloody brilliant Dee. You deserve two years smokefree. Sorry about your hubby, let's hope his health improves. After reading your post twice I think every newcomer on here should read it too, just to see they're not the only ones going through it. Well done Dee. David.

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  • How cool are you, Dee :cool:

    Some incredible journey travelled and most single-mindedly focussed upon this outstanding state of smoke-free-ness. Proud of you when you were going through your journey, proud of you now too...but still jealous of your birdtable viewings *sigh*

    Here's a squirrel dancing for you and if you hit the pic you'll get the music :)

    Cav xx

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  • Pol my Lovely, made me cry again, what are you like !!!!!

    Loved the bit about reading the patches box instructions.....

    You have been a great quit mate and yes we will share that bottle of wine next year, whatever happens, actually make it 2, look forward to it.

    Dee xxxx:rolleyes:

  • Lisa

    So pleased to hear from you again, you can do it, I am sure Pol and I will be around to help, keep positive and just say this is the last time.

    Wishing you all good things

    Dee xxx

  • To Boo, Una G and Davogy

    Hi you three, and thanks for the replies, I was so pleased to read that Una and Boo are still going strong, well done both of you, am so proud of what you are doing, dont give in know please............... you are doing so well.

    David, thanks so much for post, remember posting when you were in hospital, do hope you are OK now ???? Please let me know.

    Thanks for wishes for hubby, we have a long hard winter of treatment ahead of us, so need to keep strong, its a bit like quitting actually but different beliefs.

    Wishing you all the very best xxxxxx:D

  • Pol my Lovely, made me cry again, what are you like !!!!!

    Loved the bit about reading the patches box instructions.....

    You have been a great quit mate and yes we will share that bottle of wine next year, whatever happens, actually make it 2, look forward to it.

    Dee xxxx:rolleyes:

    Guess when we meet up I'd best bring a box of hankies ;)

    Two bottles of wine? :eek: Given I was thinking of calling in on you whilst cycling N Devon to S Devon coast to coast then my departure from our meet up may be a little wobbly .... must get in some more training of wine and wheels ;)

    xx

  • To Cav

    Hi Mate

    Only you could send me a dancing squirrel with his nuts !!!!! God Bless you, it made me laugh, lovely to hear from you

    Dee x

  • Dearest Dee

    Two years, you wonderful wonderful lady. Well done, you were such an inspiration to us Octos Dee, knowing the struggles you were facing day after day you did it.... And in style.

    So sorry to here about your husband Dee. I wish you both the very best of luck and all the health and happiness I can send...God knows you deserve it.

    Keep strong lovely, and wonder on who will stumble on that tin in the moors?

    Lots of love

    Lorna. X

    PS...to anyone reading this. If nothing else inspires you to stay quit, this Lady should!

  • Lorna, lovely to see you again and well done to you on your 2 year quit, we were quite a group !!! Its great to see so many of us still quit.

    Thank you for your kind words, you are a lovely lady yourself and wish you all you wish yourself.

    Love Deexxxx:D

  • Hi Pol

    Yes you do need to get in training, wine, wheels and hankies my darlin.

    Have a good week, we are "hoping" to get away for 24 hours down to St.Ives tomorrow, but not packing until tomorrow morning just in case, need a long walk on my favourite beach with the wind and my camera.

    Love Dee xxxx:)

  • To all the Octoquits, many congratulations for reaching your 2 year milestone, if only I had stuck at it!

    Dee I wish you and your husband well and I hope everything works out well for your both.

    Love to all my NSD buddies

    Tinks xx

  • To all the Octoquits, many congratulations for reaching your 2 year milestone, if only I had stuck at it!

    Better late than never Tinks ... never give up on giving up :)

    Dee, really hope all works out for you and OH in getting down to St Ives. Lovely place, esp now the bulk of the tourists have left ;)

    Now if only I could remember the name of the fudge shop and it's whereabouts to direct you too :rolleyes: :p

    *fingers crossed* you get your windy walk and tonic that is St Ives xx

  • Hi Pol and Friends

    Made St. Ives had a lovely 36 hours before Mikes chemo tablets had an effect, did my long walk on Porthtowan beach, was taking a photo, eye up on viewfinder, being very artistic when "pow" next thung was freak wave up to my knees, wellys full of ice cold Atlantic froth and half a mile away from car and Mike, hence walk back took me a bit of time as was weighed down, did try and empty them, but kept falling over with wind, just picture it Pol, will make you laugh

    xxxxx:mad:

  • Lisa - I've never seen this thread. Let's try to ensure you , me and all the other October 2011s can be posting like this in a year - or 2.

    It's seeing threads like this that spur me on. I know none of us will ever meet, but I really do feel we can all help eachother. I am the most social network unfriendly person you will (n)ever meet, I don't even have a facebook page, but I do draw strength from this forum - lets all stick together

    keep on keepin' on

    gtat

  • Awww bless you GTAT,

    You're so positive and have really helped me through my quit (I hope I do more than just moan a lot LOL!). I feel like our October group is bonding and want to see everyone stay quit. I obviously wasn't ready to quit in 2009...and had to go through another two winters of bad chest infections to make me realise my body was saying it had had enough of being slowly poisoned and pickled. Anyway this is my last and final quit and the one that matters eh!

    Heh heh who cares about other social networking sites, this is the important one!

    Don't worry we're like stuck with each like glue now.

    Keep on swimming, LisaX

  • Hi Pol and Friends

    Made St. Ives had a lovely 36 hours before Mikes chemo tablets had an effect, did my long walk on Porthtowan beach, was taking a photo, eye up on viewfinder, being very artistic when "pow" next thung was freak wave up to my knees, wellys full of ice cold Atlantic froth and half a mile away from car and Mike, hence walk back took me a bit of time as was weighed down, did try and empty them, but kept falling over with wind, just picture it Pol, will make you laugh

    xxxxx:mad:

    Ha, ha, ha Thanks, Dee .... I pictured you fine and did laugh. I could even hear some rather unlady like expletives *puts hands over ears* :o

    Good to know you got your break in, managing to get in some quality time.

    Lisa, Gtat ... you guys have a great Octo2012 group building :cool:

  • Hi Dee

    Sorry I'm late popping in here to say congratulations to you, but they are nevertheless very well meant. You have been the star of our group - you went through so much and tried so hard that it's wonderful to see you here - with your sense of humour very much in tact.

    For anyone who is struggling spend an hour or so looking back at Dee's posts - they will be truly inspirational and help you through it.

    God bless you Dee

    Sue

    xxx

  • Congratulations Dee, job well done. I remember many of your fun times with the Octo's, one that sticks out in my mind is your story about burying your rollie tin on Dartmoor, that was brill.

    Had a great chuckle reading about your adventure with the wet wellies, you never stop makin me laugh.

    So sorry to hear about your hubby, sending him well wishes.

    Happy Christmas to you both.

    Jackie x

  • For Kay

    How good to see you back again, I remember you well. Be proud, you have changed your life, you have a new home and now you are stopping smoking. Will look out for your post on Monday.

    Best wishes.

    Jackie x

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