So after a year I am finally at the Penthouse. As I walk the last few yards & savour every step, I'm going to enjoy this.
I can see several of the regulars at the entrance, these are the people that gave me a lot of encouragement along the way. These are the people that make this forum work so well.
My journey here began on 10th Feb 2014, at work, without warning I suffered a nasty heart attack, after over 40 years of smoking I had been caught out by it. All smokers think that nothing will happen to them as a result of smoking, but deep down we all know different.
The following morning the Cardiologist told me I would not most probably NOT survive another heart attack. That was it, after 40+ years I had finally quit smoking.
For me having learned all this my quit compared to many was quite easy, I knew the consequences if I went back. It wasn't always easy, during the past year I was a guest of the local Coronary Care Unit 5 times. Nowadays things are getting better health wise, as a result of my illness I had to retire from my job 3 years earlier.
An added bonus for me that both my son & daughter have quit smoking as well !
Money saved by not smoking (about Ã‚Â£3.5K) in the last year went towards this,
When I think of the money wasted over the years is absolutely criminal !
I have learned a lot from posters on this site & one of the things that made me smile is when some one said after quitting "If I can quit anyone can", that is so true, because if I can quit, ANYONE CAN !!
Now I have reached the Penthouse gates,I can smell fresh baked chocolate cake, I fancy a double helping !
Many thanks to all the posters on here for your words of support over the year, I won't name names cos I wouldn't want to embarass anyone but you know who you are.
Right then, where's me cake !!