Hi everybody,I've been lurking for a bit, joined up then lurked some more but thought it was time to introduce myself.
I smoked for nearly thirty years which seems mad as I'm only in my forties but there it is. I've never seriously tried to quit before, I've had times when I tried to cut down but thats about it.
Because of my work patterns, I would go 8-10 hours without a cig and unbelievably not think about it or have a craving but as soon as the opportunity arose to smoke I would chain smoke( go figure????)
So two years ago my sister was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer which as everyone can imagine was devastating. Her and my other siblings quit right away using an e cig but well i never but kinda pretended I had. Fast forward till this year,my sister seems to be doing fine and the cancer seems to be held at bay ( whoopee) and I thought about quitting, and some how it just happened.
You will notice that I'm a bit vague with dates I think thats because I didn't think I would quit and think I was that surprised I cant actually put a date on it.
Around 3-4 months ago I bought an e cig, first few weeks were fine, no cigs. Then due to PG allergies I found it difficult to find right liquid. I tried to persevere but found I was having a sneaky cig to get me through. Five/ six weeks ago I read Allen Carr opened my mind and now I haven't had any nicotine from then. First few weeks were easy no cravings or side effects except insomnia but get that often anyway. Then massive problems with bloating, constipation and generally feeling down. I've started drinking herbal tea and using pro-biotic drinks and now feel fine. I'm off on holiday in a couple of weeks and now getting a bit worried that I might start again, I dont want to in fact the idea of it makes me feel sick but if I have a few drinks will I be tempted to have just one. Any ideas to keep me on the straight and narrow?
Just a wee side note cos I work mad shifts I might not answer right away and you might not hear a lot from me as I am quite shy but I will always be reading and catching up with all of you as you have helped me in my quit as well, in fact I think this has become my new addiction. xx