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Friday, September 14, 2012

First off sorry for posting such a ugly photo but I need too. I need to see this and why I don't want to pick up another cigarette again. I am going on 6 days on the patch and I have cheated for the first 5 days. I dont want to cheat anymore. My family line has such a history of cancer already that I need to quit for myself. I was talking to my mother last night while I was cheating and she was telling me how they found a lump and she has to go get a biopsy on the 18th. I'm scared for her and I'm scared for myself right now if I can't quit. I have been trying to find support anywhere I can, friends, family, blogs, websites and what ever else I can get. Even my co-workers are supportive or at least one is super encouraging. I found the benefits on the American Cancer Society page and it blew my mind. So I wanted to share and reminded myself of this always.

When smokers quit – What are the benefits over time?

20 minutes after quitting
Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

12 hours after quitting
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2 weeks to 3 months after quitting
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

1 to 9 months after quitting
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

1 year after quitting
The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.

5 years after quitting
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.

10 years after quitting
The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.

15 years after quitting
The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.

Wish me luck and encouragement.

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  • LM1272
    I did I hit my 1 year as a non smoker on 8/19/16. Yea Me.
    1492 days ago
    It has been almost 3 years since I quit. It is the best thing I have done for myself! I can breathe better, my allergies are no where near as bad as they were. I can walk now without going into a coughing fit!! When I laugh, I don't get caught up in a coughing jag. I don't cough in the morning for 20 minutes. I don't smell like smoke now. There are so many other things that we go through as smokers that become second nature but we don't have to live that way! Good luck with your quit. You CAN do it!
    2931 days ago
    You can do this! I'm two months away from my 10 year smober anniversary. The journey is worth the suffering, and the suffering is temporary.

    And the fear of quitting is by far worse than the actual doing it.
    2932 days ago
    Quitting smoking was one of the hardest things to accomplish..Do not give up..keep trying..I tried several times..and make healthy choices..I replaced cigarettes for food = 50lbs..It has been over 15 years for me...it gets easier.You can do it too! emoticon
    2932 days ago
    You must STOP cheating. It take a least 7 days to the get the nicotine out of your system. So each time you cheat, its takes that much longer to kick the habit. emoticon
    2932 days ago
  • LM1272
    Thanks for the comments and words of encouragement. I appreciate that a lot.
    2932 days ago
  • LEB0401
    Hi! I'm so happy you decided to quit. Your post reminded me how amazingly forgiving the human body is. It can forgive us for years of abuse, whether we're inhaling chemicals and tar or eating globs of cholesterol and salt. Thanks for sharing.
    2932 days ago
  • 1GROVES2
    I quit after more than 30 years and have not smoked for more than 9 years! It can be done! If you want a cigarette, do something, anything to get your mind off it!
    Seriously, I told God ,after 3 days," I can not do this!"...and God said "Yes you can, because you are doing it!"
    Do Not let anything make you start again, because you are bigger and better than any cigarette!
    Yes, I did put on 50 lbs in 2 years after quitting, but....I feel so much better because I can breath and no more coughing/choking every morning....and heck I can take that weight off too....Hey I can do anything I put my mind to!
    Best wishes!
    2932 days ago
    You can do this, it's hard...and being a smoker myself I know how hard it is. Have you checked with your state about a smoking sensation class or help that you can access to help you quit?
    2932 days ago
    You are working on the hardest thing there is to do. Give up the only "drug" left that is still legal. They want you to want it, and your not just over coming the whole cigerrette but the habits. There will be times just when you want one out of habit. But they say the most intense of craving only lasts 45 seconds. Find something that you say or even sing whenever it happens.

    A song from a funeral of someone you loved that reminds you what fulfilling that needs means.

    Worse case scenerio I have lots of acquaintenance have had luck with Chantix.

    wishing you lots of luck
    2932 days ago
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