Hi I am Jilly girl, I have been a member of quit support since April 2012. Quit support helped me with quitting, It also supported me when I found out I had lung cancer. Luckily for me I had my right lung removed and I am now cancer free. This is why I try to help others quit before it gets to the stage I was at.

I am 65 yrs old and live in Yorkshire. I am married and have two grown up daughters and two grand children.

I have recently joined the Roy Castle lung foundation support group, which iss really interesting.

I love chatting on this site when I have time and we all seem to have a good sense of humour.

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  • Hello all, I am Glolin and am still relatively new to Quit Support. I am a kiwi living in Australia and am blessed to have 3 grown up children and 6 grand children. I am 56 and quit smoking almost 3 months ago cold turkey. I had never tried quitting before as I have always had a very low self esteem and did not believe i could do it.The catalyst for me quitting was dangerously high blood pressure that had me as a ticking time bomb.

    I must add that I am so grateful for the support from this group as i doubt very much that i would have got this far with out them :) :) Thanks guys <3

  • Hello, I'm Droopyj. I am currently the right side of 50... :O and live in London. I smoked for over 34 years :(

    I was told I had high cholesterol and the GP was going to put me on statins. So two days later I had a patch on as there was no way I was going on statins.

    I joined this support site in May as I was looking for an answer to a question re patches and ended up staying :) I have been quit for 6 months and nicotine free for over 3 months now. I would never have survived that length of time without the support, advice, empathy and humour of the lovely people on this site :)

  • Aup all you newbies :)

    I'm Pete, the old boy who all this lot take the micky out of :o but what the heck, it gives them something to do eh :D :D

    I'm 58 and live in Derbyshire. I joined this forum the same time as our Jillygirl, April 2012 I joined because when I climbed the stairs, I was getting out of puff, this was even worse at work, loads more flippin stairs therefore loads more puffin :o :(

    I new I couldnt quit on my own, so I joined this site and have had lots and lots of support and advice from Emjay, our lovely quit support adviser and of course all the other members too :) :) I am almost 4 months quit now :) so you see, I have had a few erm, stumbles on my quit journey :o I think I have tried almost every NRT - Nicotine Replacement Therapy - and I am now using the lozenges for when I'm at work but only the odd one now and again :) then, because I like a drink when I get home from work, I have my e-cig to help me :) as the lager dosent taste very nice with the lozenges :P :P :D :D

    So please all you newbies out their, if its your first attempt at quitting the smokes or your umpteenth attempt like me, we have to keep trying :) Come on here and ask us questions, have a moan, put your point of view forwards or just need a chat, then come on here and meet us :) we're a lovely bunch, well, most of us are eh :o :D :D

    PS, you dont have to give your name, age or your whereabouts out if you dont want to, its entirely up to you :) :)

  • Hi anyone looking in and wondering whether to say hello. I'm Ann, 58 and living in London. I have mild emphysema caused by smoking and only found this out after quitting. I have given up for nearly 9 months now and have managed to improve my lung test results dramatically. We all know stopping is the right thing to do but it's damned hard isn't it. I smoked for 42 years and I truly believe it it hadn't been for this forum and the very wonderful people on here I'd be puffing my way into my grave. It's not all seriousness on here - it's about having mates online that understand what we go through without judging or nagging. Always forgiving and supportive! Monky, Jillygirl and Emjay are always here to help. Take the next step and say hi.....

  • Hi Rozi, Thanks for the input. Hope your doing ok. :) xx

  • Aup Rozi ( Ann), its lovely to see you gal :) and nearly 9 months quit now gal, that is just ACE :) :)

    Its great to hear that your lung test results are a lot better now :) :) and thank you for taking the time to comment to Jillygirls post :) :)

    Thanking you again Rozi and you take care now :) :)

    PS, I've got you logged into my very technical, sophisticated database of new Winners badges :o :D :D this tells me when I have to put my shorts on and go a trundling over them there fields to catch you a new badge seeee :| :D

    Pete :)

  • Hi Pete, glad to see you're still going strong...keep it up! Yeah my lung age gas got better by 7 years

  • :) :) nice one Rozi :)

  • Hi Pete

    My message got cut short for some unknown reason??

    The thought of you in shorts hunting my new badge brings a smile to my face. It's like a scene out of the film Jumanji! (If that how it's spelled). 9 months eh! Makes me feel like an old hand at this

  • Hi Rozi, yeah, I know what you mean about the message getting cut short, they even vanish altogether sometimes :o :(

    Hmmm, think I will have to wear my thermal shorts eh :| :D :D

    See's ya soon :)

  • Hi, I'm sinfree (tho the name is a lie) haha and I will be 53 in November. I joined back at the very end of 2012 and my quit date was 26th January 2013. I have smoked 18 cigarettes since then over 3 days in April 2013 but not a one has crossed my lips since. It's certainly not been easy, and its not been that easy to convince me to stay stopped but I did and I'm glad. I still use an e-cig but despite having my moments with them at times, on the whole they've been OK.

    The people on here are the loveliest, funniest, friendliest people you could ever meet on t'internet, indeed probably in real life too and would definitely recommend them to hold your hand and be by your side on your quitting path. I don't pass by as much as I used to but I do come here when I need cheering up - there's no better place. :)

  • Hi Sinfree, Lovely to hear from you thanks for the lovely compliments. Hope your ok keep focused, :) xx

  • Hello Jillygirl, hope you are well too. Wow that's a groovy little thing, that bell up there that tells you someone has replied, bet Droopy is well impressed with that. Yep am OK thank you. Still focussed and staying on the right side of staying quit.

  • I thought the bell was an alarm. Must have had my Nora Batty head on. :D :D

  • :D :D

  • HAHAHAHA - mine still looks like either hangman symbol or Chinese writing.... Yep just love it.... :O

  • :o clear as a bell to me :D

  • :D :D :D

  • Hi ya Sinfree :) hows your garden growing gal :o lovely I hope :) :)

    Thank you for your lovely comment and taking time out to reply to us ;) :D :D

    You just go get that clutter off that dinning room table, do you hear me :P :D :D

  • You being sarky or what, I could take those comments back y'know :o

  • Aup Sinfree, as if I would be sarky :D :D

    Hey, you been out on that bike a your's latley :o

  • Well folk gotta go for now as neighbour just turned up. Hopefully back a bit later. :)

    Thanks everyone for contributing your comments etc. Right Monky your in charge. :D :D

  • Hopefully see's ya later Jillygirl :) :)

  • Hi I'm Beth

    Married with three children and two grandchildren and live in Essex.

    I chose to stop smoking july 2013 for much the same reason as Pete plus I got fed up keep going outside for my fix and working for the NHS smoking at work was a def no no.

    I have tried to stop a few times prior to this using patches ecig and champix but they must have been rehersals for the real thing. This time I went cold turkey plus chocolate lol. Not supprisingly I have put a bit of weight on but I am dealing with it and dieting for me is much easier than stopping smoking and the rewards are countless, for me NO cough, NO wheezing and the stairs are getting easier also my bank balance is much healthier.

    I found this lovely site about a month in to my quit when I was feeling a bit down. Everyone was so kind and helpful and I can honestly say helped me from going back. I don't contribute as much as I would like but look in most days especially when I get those occassional littlr cravings.

    Anyway if anyone is thinking of stopping give it a try, what have you got to loose - I just want to be around to see my grandchildren grow up.

    Good luck everyone.

    Beth xxx

  • Hi ya Beth, its lovely to see you again gal :)

    I'm so glad your still on the right track and getting healthier toooooo :) :)

    Thank you for your lovely comment, you take care now and enjoyyyyyyyy your smokeless life :) :)

    Pete :) xx

  • Hi all,

    My name is Ian I'm 40 years old and live in Norfolk.

    I'm 2 days away from being smoke free for a year! - yay me :-)

    Quitting smoking was the hardest thing, both mentally and physically I've ever had to do.

    I suffered from extreme anxiety and panic attacks when I quit and Quit Support was there every step of the way supporting me when I needed it the most.

    I may not be on here that often nowadays, but if you're post is related to anxiety be sure I will pop up and reply :-)

  • Aup Ian, thank you for taking the time to comment on here and helping others :) :)

    Yesssssss, I will be out and about tomorrow to catch your New Winners badge, shall shonededed it up special for you and leave it up to Emjay or Jillygirl to present it to you :) cos me being an old boy with one brain cell and allllllll that romping in them there fields, takes it out of me see :| :D :D

    Enjoy your smokefree life Ian and speak soon :) :)

  • Thanks Peter :-)

  • Hi Ian , lovely to hear from you. like Pete says the badge will be delivered tomorrow.

    Thanks for concern a couple of weeeks ago. I havent got the anxiety attacks as I thought. After seeing my heart nurse, heart physio and my own doctor ,it appears to be one of the tablets I was taking. Tablets stopped , Panic attacks etc stopped too.

    You take care. xx

  • Hi Jilly,

    Glad to hear your doctors have found the reason and sorted you out :-)

    You take too xx

  • Hi I am Al,

    I am 43 ( not sure how that happened! ) I have smoked since I was 24 ( i know, i know....what was i thinking of! )

    I joined the group iJan 2014 and quit on Feb the 1st using an Ecig, and I am now trying to reduce my nicotine in it, which is proving tougher than I thought :(

    I am currently in Kent due to a random collection of bad decisions and ridiculous circumstances, but will be moving back to my motherland of Cumbria next year.... wooohoooo :)

    I have a 21 year old son, and 3 cats. So i am almost officially a crazy cat lady, i think once you have 4 ( cats not sons ) thats when you get the badge and accept your clothes will never be hair free again :) :)

    I hope all the new people who have joined feel comfortable to pop on and say hi, and let us know how they are doing.

    Have a fab day everyone xx

  • Hi, my name is Dawn and I joined this fantastic site 6 months ago. It is my first time to quit as I always told myself I enjoyed smoking BUT hubby has a very bad cough and we talked about quitting after Christmas together for the sake of our health and our Grandchildren. Well January and February passed and hubby didn't want to quit and so in March I decided to go it alone coz I didn't want to wait any longer and found it very hard.

    I was really struggling and looking for help on line came across quit support and it was exactly what I needed. I found people really wanted to help me and encourage me and I'm so lucky to have found others who had gone through this difficult journey. It has made a huge difference to me and I know that my 6 month badge is because of the help from wonderful people on here. I have met great friends who I know will always encourage me to keep going on this journey and it's a pleasure to know you all. Thanks for the help and just being there :) x

    P.S sorry It was a bit of a long story

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