I've been here before, I'm going to repost a post that I posted last time round at around this time. I know, that sentence was a bit of a mouthful.
Well, almost time to say goodbye to week four. As I approach the start of my fifth week, I am finding myself in awe at the sheer power of this forum. I have seen people go from being on top of their cravings to almost caving in. A quick post on here and they receive replies offering advice, a dose of reality or some humour to cheer them up...whatever they need to stave the crave.
I feel really lucky that I have, as yet, not felt that low. I know that my day is coming and I thank those who are going to respond (giving me a swift hard kick to the butt to keep me on track:eek in advance. I admit, there have been days where I've wanted to light up again but spending some time on here reading posts and trying to help others has been enough to get me through. I really value the information contained in this forum.
For those who are ahead of me, you inspire me and encourage me. Please keep pulling me through.
For those who are just starting out, I hope that I can join the others ahead of you, and offer encouragement and advice when needed, I will help to pull you through.
Whatever stage of the quit you are at, one day to years of freedom (even those thinking about quitting as they are at the very start of the journey), I think you should all give yourselves a pat on the back and congratulate yourself. There would be very few people (other than other members here) who would do the same.
I found some phrases to help us get through.
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Challenges are inevitable. Getting back up however, is a choice.
Are you really going to let this defeat you? After all the work, sweat, and tears you have put into this, you are going to give up now?
You are not alone. Many have gone before you. Many will go after you. The important thing to keep in mind is that you need to keep on going.
I'm really glad to have everyone here to guide/support/mentor me on my journey. Whether we have crossed paths or not, I have probably read a post that you wrote and found inspiration. Thank you, everyone, very much for all you do, I very much appreciate it.