Message 2 of 32 in Discussion
From: CandidCandiSilver Sent: 1/25/2004 12:05 PM
Thanks for giving everyone an update ~ you are such a brave lady! I guess you just do what you gotta do in order to save your life. I cannot imagine going into a battle like yours. When I had my brief skirmish with breast cancer last year I told I a friend that I just didn't know how people battle cancer for years . . . . you just DO IT, right?
You will be in my thoughts and prayers ~ I know what an inspiration you have been at this site. Hope to hear some good news from you soon . . .
Proud to be YQS,
I have been quit for 3 Months, 2 Days, 13 hours and 26 minutes (94 days).
Message 3 of 32 in Discussion
From: Shinelady_Gold3282003 Sent: 1/25/2004 12:13 PM
You have been in my thoughts so much lately. I was about to write to you myself and see how you are doing. Thank you for coming and sharing your ongoing story with us. Kim, there aren't words to express how I feel upon reading your news. My heart goes out to you and you are most definitely in my prayers. You are such a courageous lady and by sharing your story, you are giving such a wonderful gift of inspiration to the many people that read this board. I can relate to what you are going through right now. I posted my husband's story a couple days ago... Quit for Life!!! . We can only hope that people reading these stories can feel the pain that smoking has caused in our lives and it will only help to strengthen their resolves. For now Kim, I hope that you will be able to draw strength from the Freedom family as we send to your our prayers to carry with you through every hour of every day. God Bless you Kim... Know that we are there with you.
Message 4 of 32 in Discussion
From: Joel Sent: 1/25/2004 12:27 PM
Thank you Kim for keeping us apprised of how things are going. Every time I see a member who has been off for weeks or months coming in and posting of how hard of a time they are having because they are still having thoughts for a cigarette or even when I hear people writing about withdrawal complaints during the first few days of a quit I think of you and what you wrote in post last January titled Scheduled surgery date for removal of Kim's tumor. Your signature in that post read: Kim...................10 months +..... and wishing I was going through withdrawal instead of this!
This comment spoke volumes then and still does today. I hope everyone who reads of your experiences over the past 22 months realizes just how important the effort they are putting into quitting is. As I have written to you numerous times, quitting when you did is giving you a much better fighting chance of beating this thing but as we all can see you are having to endure a terrible fight.
People who are getting the benefit of learning from your experiences are hopefully taking the lessons you are sharing to heart. Quitting smoking is giving them the best chance of avoiding having to face the kind of pain and disruption that smoking induced illnesses can cause. The discomfort a person may feel from quitting pales in comparison to the suffering that they will feel if they develop any condition that smoking can cause. Again, we thank you for your continuing efforts to help others in avoiding such pain and misery by saving their health and their lives by staying totally committed to never take another puff!
Message 5 of 32 in Discussion
From: janetd (GOLD) Sent: 1/25/2004 12:32 PM
Kim, I hope someone has some good news for you soon! You have been through enough, and to have the problem with your leg on top of everything else just isn't fair. Try not to get discouraged, dear friend! You will be in my thoughts.
Message 6 of 32 in Discussion
From: BillW-Gold Sent: 1/25/2004 12:59 PM
God bless and keep you, Kim. My prayers go with you.
Your Quit Brother, Bill
Message 7 of 32 in Discussion
From: Liuchka Sent: 1/25/2004 2:32 PM
You are in my prayers, Kim. God bless you.
Free and Healing for Four Months, Six Days, 14 Hours and 30 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 13 Days and 9 Hours, by avoiding the use of 3858 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $727.24.
Message 8 of 32 in Discussion
From: jdinkcmoGOLD Sent: 1/25/2004 3:45 PM
First of all, Kim, here's a quit buddy hug from me to you. I am so sorry to hear you're experiencing renewal of your cancer. I hope you can draw strength from your Freedom family's love and prayers. Your grit and tenacious spirit has served as inspiration to SO many of us. Having had 2 back surgeries in 2003, I can sure empathize with the excruciating sciatic pain you describe. My arms are around you. your quit sis, JD
Judy is GOLD and has been nic free for: 1Y 1W 3D and has NOT smoked 16898 smelly cigs, for a grand $$$ savings of $2,830.51 plus life of Freedom extended by: 1M 3W 6D 16h 10m.
Message 9 of 32 in Discussion
From: FoolproofGreenElliemae Sent: 1/25/2004 4:08 PM
My heart goes out to you - truly it does. I cannot convey the depth of sorrow I feel for all you have been through and for all you continue to bear. I am such a fearful and easily panicked person that I just cannot imagine how you are facing what you are - you are an incredibly strong and inspirational person.
Thank you so very much for posting here to the boards and for allowing me to post back to you. Many blessings and love to you and may you feel surrounded by comfort and peace.
It has now been 3 Weeks 3 Days 16 Hours 48 Minutes 56 Seconds since I changed the course of my life by giving up tobacco. My decision has already given me another 6 Days 20 Hrs 40 Mins 15 Secs to live and left me $123.50 that I would have spent on 988 cigarettes. I left behind an addiction that was stealing my health and ruining the quality of my life. How did I get so smart???.
Message 10 of 32 in Discussion
From: John (Gold) Sent: 1/25/2004 4:33 PM
I don't know if you've seen this .gif before, Kim, but it's one of my favorites. It deals with what's important and ignores the things that aren't. Today was meant to be lived and I have no doubt you're making the most of it. Let your spirit soar and always know that we're up there soaring with you, or standing if necessary, as the case may be! (((Kim))) John
Message 11 of 32 in Discussion
From: smokefreeJD-Gold- Sent: 1/25/2004 5:49 PM
You will be in my thoughts dearest Kim!
Message 12 of 32 in Discussion
From: Sal-GOLD Sent: 1/25/2004 5:53 PM
I hope that the sciatic pain can be dealt with SOON! If only I had a magic wand...
Thank you for keeping in touch and for sharing your life with us. You are a POSITIVE example, not a negative one.
Good luck tomorrow and always,
One year, one week, six days
Message 13 of 32 in Discussion
From: Joanne - Gold Sent: 1/25/2004 7:59 PM
Oh gosh Kim, I know you can feel all of the love here for you. In personal emails between us I've mentioned how your story has inspired not only myself, but others in my life here at home. I shared your latest news here with one of those people and thought you'd find some peace and even a smile from the following words:
Hey Jo, Thanks for the note from Kim. Reading her story and going to her web site on her journey the last yr. plus, has strengthened my belief that quitting was the right thing to do. It has been as of right now 1y 1h 25m 15s and counting!!! I love being able to track that, it gives me power knowing I am strong enough to keep it up and not take another puff. I love the statement "I won't take another puff" I tell people that all the time when I let them know I am still a quitter. It feels good to take pride in that. So I just wanted to thank you for encouraging me to quit and sending the e-mails, I believe it was a reminder similar to the one you just sent that put me on the right track and pushed that thought of "I should quit" to "I don't smoke anymore, I will never take another puff! " So thanks again, and Happy New Year to you. Love Ellen
As I've said before, never underestimate for a second the huge amount of inspiration in the message you are sending others. Thank you isn't enough for what you are doing here, Kim. You and your family remain in our hearts and prayers.
May the peace and love of God continue to shine through your warm and generous heart.
With love, admiration, and gratitude,
Your friend - Joanne
Message 14 of 32 in Discussion
From: OBob-Gold Sent: 1/25/2004 8:14 PM
Thanks for the update. Tess and I think of you often. We've got you in our prayers. Give our best to Kelly.
Bob (2 years free)
Message 15 of 32 in Discussion
From: Roger (Gold) Sent: 1/25/2004 11:34 PM
As usual some special thoughts and prayers will be reserved for you. You are a shining example of a fighter Kim as well as being a very special lady. Thank You for sharing your personal life with us.
Message 16 of 32 in Discussion
From: Parker - GOLD! Sent: 1/26/2004 7:44 AM
Thank you for sharing the reality of your struggle. You are in my prayers, dear Kim. Kelly, too. Parker