Hi all non-smokers and non-smokers to be
I have just reached a major milestone, my 1st year without smoking.
Giving up smoking was one hell of a ride.
It took a lot of will power, NRT (Patches), AE Staff (chest x-rays), my GP,My family's/friends support, support groups (Quit Support) and in the end I needed counselling (Severe Anxiety) to get to this year smoke free.
During my quit I experienced lots of withdraws effects, and I found the first 3-6 months both physically and mentally challenging.
1, Bleeding Gums
2, Lots of coughing
3, Increase phlegm
4, Coughing blood
5, Coughing up tar (lots off!)
6, Shortness of Breath
1, Anxiety, including health anxiety
2, Panic Attacks
4, lack of concretion
6, Vivid dreams
The bleeding gums took around 3-5 weeks to heal, however to heal my lungs has taken nearly a year! - Even now I will still occasionally cough up small bits of tar.
Mentally, I needed professional help to overcome my anxiety, and I am still working on this, but I'm defiantly on the road to recovery.
Anybody thinking of quitting smoking and reads this post, please don't be put off by my experience. Everybody's quit is different and to be honest, knowing what I do now, I would still go though what I did in order to be where I am today - Smoke Free.
For anybody now giving up I would recommend you do the following;
1, Speak to your doctor and tell them your planning on giving up and ask what support is available
2, Join a support group - Quit Support is fantastic, and I really do mean this.
3, Stay positive - No matter how down you feel, keep in mind that you will be free of that nasty habit which is killing you from the inside out.
I'm sure most of you have seen this image I'm posting before, but it's a good reminder for me where all that all that tar I have coughed up came from - YUK!!!!
To a smoke free future
Love ya all
My Quit story I wrote at the back end of last year -