I'm back (again) lol!!!

So after failing in my last couple of quit attempts I decided to have a break from quitting and regroup. I have since decided that it is time to really go for it - I was diagnosed with bronchitis at Christmas and have had a cough ever since. As well as that, I did my grade 5 exam in musical theatre and got a distinction but my teacher has said she won't put me forward for grade 6 until I quit smoking so this is an added incentive. I smoked my last cig just before midnight and put on a patch. I also have a quick mist spray for any major cravings but have had none so far. I actually feel sick at the thought of having a cig so I believe this is the time I will succeed.

I look forward to catching up with old friends and making some new ones and know that the forum is welcoming, friendly and supportive so I'm glad to be able to reconnect.

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  • Hi Mark!

    Good luck with this quit. You've done it before so let's hope you do it this final time.

  • Welcome back Mark, it's brilliant to see you having another crack at it :D

    You've got a really good incentive this time with wanting to go forward to your grade 6 exam. That will be something good to use against any craves.

    Wishing you strength :)

    Molly x

  • "I was diagnosed with bronchitis at Christmas and have had a cough ever since. As well as that, I did my grade 5 exam in musical theatre and got a distinction but my teacher has said she won't put me forward for grade 6 until I quit smoking so this is an added incentive."

    Okay:

    1. Be careful around bronchitis, if it lingers, get a chest exam it may be scarring (worried for you from my own experience!). It's probably not, but be safe!

    2. I'm Aussie so I don't understand. Maybe it's cultural difference I'm not sure but how the heck can your teacher hold you back for being a smoker? Isn't that against the law there?

    EDIT: By the way... Congrats on the determined quit! and, Welcome to the forum! (sorry I jumped to the questions first like a bullet)

  • Okay:

    1. Be careful around bronchitis, if it lingers, get a chest exam it may be scarring (worried for you from my own experience!). It's probably not, but be safe!

    2. I'm Aussie so I don't understand. Maybe it's cultural difference I'm not sure but how the heck can your teacher hold you back for being a smoker? Isn't that against the law there?

    EDIT: By the way... Congrats on the determined quit! and, Welcome to the forum! (sorry I jumped to the questions first like a bullet)

    The teacher is a friend of mine and knows that I want to quit so that is her way of helping me. She could also hear the effect it was having on my voice (I went from an 18 note range to approx 12 note range). She knows I have low confidence with singing as it is and that I was suffering because I could hear my voice getting worse. The only person holding me back was myself - I would never have passed the exam with such a small range and she wouldn't put me in for it if she thought I would fail.

    The bronchitus has gone - it's more of a smokers cough that I didn't have before. The only time it was an issue was in the morning and when I had a smoke. I know I could get a cough in the next few days but that will be a good thing as my system will be clearing itself out.

    Thanks for all the messages of support and encouragement guys. I know from experience how much it helps in the early days.

  • Welcome back Mark!

    Welcome back Mark, great news about passing your exam and we will do our best to make sure that you get to take the grade 6 one too!

    I hope this is the one for you and I am sure it will be.:)

    I wonder how Derek is doing? He quit around the same time as you and you were quit buddies. He told us funny stories!

  • Oh Folk it's him again...

    rotflmao

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  • Is it grade 6 highschool type thing, or a specific music class external to usual education?

    Not meaning to pry just interesting to hear about other cultures. Wouldn't think there would be much difference between Aus and (Bri/Eng? I got yelled at by my mother-in-law for calling it England?), anyway one of them. It's pure curiosity so if I ever ask someone something and you think it might be rude there's two rules:

    1. If it has to do with culture, race etc, it's curiosity not rudeness.

    2. If it's dirty it is probably "crudeness", either by accident or on purpose (pick the one that offends you the least on a case by case basis) xD

    I hope you're doing well with your quit! Just think every day you don't smoke is another giant step away from being a smoker to becoming a Non-Smoker (bit of a fight sometimes over that word, so if you like a "Quitter" whichever ;) )

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