Well, there have been highs, lows, tempers, tantrums the whole lot and I'm sure there were times where my family could have strangled me and vice versa, but....... I've made it - my first personal milestone (1 Year smoke free).
I'd tried many times before over my 30 years as a smoker and never got anywhere near this milestone - so what's different this time? Well, I've thought about it a lot and I think there were 2 major things that contributed to my success this time, and they are....... well, the first was the E-ciggarette. Now whether you're for them or against them, all I can tell you is that it certainly worked for me. I used mine for 8 months and it helped me stay on the right road when I think I would have normally caved in and given up. I know he was probably just in it for the money - but I'd like to personally thank it's inventor because in my mind, it's helped me overcome my desperate addiction to smoking.
The second thing and the most obvious one is, this forum. This community has given me a few things that I'd never had before: A place where people actually understood the hell you were going through, a place where you could see how others were coping, a place to get encouragement from others on the same road......... I could go on and on but you get the point. So I'd also like to say a big thank you to all you guys for your support, thoughts, stories, and encouragement.
There are now two things I am at this point looking forward to. A shiny new --- 1 Year Winner badge --- if you please Monky and another year smoke free.
Keep at it - and if at first you don't succeed, try try again - cos it'll be worth it in the end.