Hi everyone, I am a bit infrequent on this site these days, but would just like to say to anyone out there that it is soooooo worth stopping smoking! I prefer to say quit or stopped rather than giving up. To me "giving up" insinuates that it was a pleasant pastime, rather than an evil addiction!!
I stropped around 18 months ago in preparation for some minor surgery and to avoid anaesthetic problems. It was hard - but stopped on the 8th April for surgery on the 10th April.
3 weeks later I started with breathing problems and chest pains. Long story short - It turned I had inoperable lung cancer.
I was given a chance at a very heavy chemo and radiotherapy regime, and on many occasions was rushed into hospital with the side effects of the treatment.
I wanted to smoke so badly as I (like many others) had gone through my funeral arrangements, wills etc etc.
However, I vowed that for one day at a time (or one minute!) I would not have a drag or steal a fag from someone else. It is very true that if you don't have the first fag - you can't possibly start smoking again!!
After 40 years of smoking - NO it wasn't easy. Rather than being a cold turkey person I took nicotine replacement in various forms. I still do have my vape, but really I don't care. I call it my dummy.!!
On the 19th November I am due to have major surgery, they have found a tumour on my bowel, but think it is benign.
I don't have to get stressed out, thinking when and where I will be able to go for a fag. Even now, when I smell them outside - I think they smell good.
My only tips are to do whatever it takes to stop, but DON'T have even one puff, in that past, for me, it has always been the start of smoking again.
I am pleased to say that I saw my Oncologist on Thursday, and she says I remain in remission. The outlook for lung cancer still remains poor, but despite extensive damage from the radiotherapy, I live to fight another day. I have FREEDOM and can go anywhere and do anything within my physical limitations. Now that is worth kicking out the fags for good.
If one person stays stopped because of what I have written here, then it has been worth every word I have written.
Keep at it, don't ever think you are a failure, dust yourself down and start all over again!! Vee xxx