Freedom's History, Policy & Staff

Welcome to Freedom, a support group dedicated to educated cold turkey nicotine dependency recovery. Prior to applying to join, it is critical that you read: (1) The Law of Addiction (2) Our Mission Statement (3) Relapse Policy and (4) Rules.
Joel
Joel

July 8th, 2001, 1:56 am #41

For Anne
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Joel
Joel

August 3rd, 2001, 8:14 pm #42

Today is an anniversary of one of our red letter days at Freedom. One year ago today MSN put Freedom up on their homepage. I think our membership doubled in one day, I don't remember for sure but I think about 600 people joined up in one day. It was pandemonium around here. We were an open board then, any one could come in, say what they like, and give any advice, good or bad. While we had a few of these people succeed, it was actually only a handful. There was so much clutter and distractions happening at the board we feel we missed a major opportunity with hundreds of people. This day more than any other taught us the importance of getting our board focused. We know that we may only get a few seconds with a given individual to reach them with who we are and what we are trying to accomplish at Freedom.

Many of our diversion policies and many of our principles in our mission statement were born from that one-day experience. That day was exhausting to our managers, we all tried to come in throughout the day and keep strong educational message coming to the top but we were overwhelmed, no matter how hard we tried we could not keep up with the influx.

The only day that was even close to this was January 3, when MSN did it again, but this time we were more ready. We made it where only members could post. We were still overwhelmed as management, over 1,000 people applied for membership in just a couple of days, but that was just an administrative nightmare, the board stayed uncluttered and people who came here to read got quality information, even if they could not post--they could still learn.

So today is an anniversary of one of those days of how we got to be who we are today. We are glad you are all here with us and hope you find our board providing you with the tools you need to be able to get on with your life as a successful ex-smoker. We have only one mission now that we put all of our focus into, and that is to make sure that each and every one of our members know that they will always stay successful as long as they never take another puff!

Joel
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 4th, 2001, 1:41 am #43

August 3rd and January 3rd, I remember them well ; )) Those were wild days indeed : )) There wasn't much sleep for any of our olbies and our email boxes were filled to the brim with requests for membership. Let's hope MSN gets the bugs out of their last software revision before they try it again : ))))

Becomming the only 100% "nicotine clean" site on the internet was also a "major" milestone in Freedom's evolution. Each of us have demonstrated that we're deadly serious about taking back control of our lives, each of us were willing to read, learn and invest in ourselves, and each of us deserve at least one place on spaceship earth where nicotine has no voice!
Freedom from Nicotine !
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pammers
pammers

August 4th, 2001, 1:27 pm #44

Incredible! I have really enjoyed reading this thread.How lucky we all are that Zep and Joanne were able to connect with Joel and come up with the only nicotine clean site on the internet. And how blessed to,to meet others so willing to give of there time.
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 8th, 2001, 7:03 pm #45

Happy Birthday
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Dionne (gold)
Dionne (gold)

October 12th, 2001, 9:51 am #46

I love you guys!
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Joel
Joel

November 12th, 2001, 12:54 am #47

How we got to be who we are. We are not the site for everyone--but if you are a person who wants to quit smoking, do it in the cheapest, quickest and simplest manner, and do it in the way the vast majority of long-term ex-smokers you know and the vast majority of long-term ex-smokers who you don't know for that fact initially quit (cold-turkey that is) and now your goal is to stay nicotine free forever no matter what, we are the site for you. To accomplish your goal just always remember and keep in practice your desire to never take another puff!

Joel
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

January 27th, 2002, 9:50 pm #48

In Honor of Joanne's Three Year Quit Anniversary
Janurary 27, 1999 to January 27, 2001
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kughes (green)
kughes (green)

January 28th, 2002, 12:20 am #49

Congratulations, Joanne on your three year quit!
May I take this space also to give great thanks to you, John and Joel, along with all the assistant managers, for all you have done here at this site, volunteering your time, energies, experience, wisdom, patience, support and kindness. Along with so many others I cannot express enough to you my gratitude for this site and the assistance I received that made my quit possible.
Not only was I able to become nicotine free, finally, but I learned and continue to learn many other things that give me power in my life. Essential to a successful quit is being honest with oneself and learning the tricks our desires play to divert our minds from what is best for ourselves. Knowledge, education is the key to mastering control again, not only in our quit..but other areas of our life. Put into practice, we can manage what we know is a better diet, exercise plan, work habits, etc. What a marvelous gift it is, to learn this. Of course quitting smoking is essential to be able to live healthy enough and long enough to enjoy the life we want to master. Hats off, to Freedom for giving us the opportunity to do this!
Very gratefully,
YQS, kughes
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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

June 24th, 2002, 4:12 pm #50

Here's one that hasn't seen the light of day for a while. Great reading for late-night quitsters...

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Suekickbutt (GOLD)
Suekickbutt (GOLD)

July 21st, 2002, 1:55 pm #51

This is an excellent thread guys, one I have never actually seen.

Sue

I have chosen not to smoke for 2 Months 14 Hours 49 Minutes 43 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 1848. Money saved: A$554.56.
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phiwho40(GOLD )
phiwho40(GOLD )

July 21st, 2002, 2:11 pm #52

I don't write very often nor comment on other posts but I have to congratulate you (plural) on your vision, tenacity, and of course the results we read every day in Freedom.

Your system works as I have chosen to not smoke 3M, 1W, and 17Hours.

THANKS TO FREEDOM!!!!!!

ps Very interesting post.
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Kat3n
Kat3n

July 22nd, 2002, 1:15 am #53

I think Kughes read my mind with that Thank you.

I am also grateful for all the volunteers here at FREEDOM. My quit has and will continue to suceed thanks to them. I have learned so very much on this site, but the most important thing is to NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF! You volunteers deserve many kudos, hugs, kisses, pats on the back, high fives, big hooplas, ect.
Pugsley 2 Months, 1 Day and 13 Hours
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sandy
sandy

January 14th, 2003, 7:30 am #54

Thank you to all of you. You have probably helped more than you'll ever know! - Sandy
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Joel
Joel

January 17th, 2003, 6:31 pm #55

The question was asked today about how long Freedom has been in existence. This post gives a detailed history of Freedom's beginnings and growth over the past three and a quarter years.
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ChadB SILVER
ChadB SILVER

January 17th, 2003, 9:10 pm #56

Thankyou John (Zep), Joel, Joanne,Linda, Randy, Joy and Kathy Christine. There is no doubt in my mind that the work you do is saving lives and making them more peaceful, productive and happy. Also, I now have a clearer understanding of the NRT issue and am better armed with the information I need to explain the importance of cold turkey quitting to others. You all take care now. -Chad B.
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SandyBob GOLD
SandyBob GOLD

May 15th, 2003, 4:07 am #57

Thank you (never seems to say enough)

I am so grateful that you (John, Joanne, Joel) found the strength, knowledge, desire, and Passion to start up and continue in this venture.

Thanks again, and Best Wishes to you all!

SandyBob
11 months
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Golddabler1
Golddabler1

May 15th, 2003, 6:49 am #58

Thanks for bringing this up and thankyou all at freedom.
Rickdabler 2 months 5 days 19hrs 45mins happily nicotine free.
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Shinelady Gold3282003
Shinelady Gold3282003

May 15th, 2003, 8:41 am #59

Thanks to all the dedicated managers of Freedom. I find myself at a loss for words as I try to express what your site has brought to my life. Not only have you taught me how to handle smoking cessation, but you have taught me self control. You have helped me find an inner strength that I haven't called on in a long time. Just thank you from the bottom of my heart.
sue
One month, two weeks, two days, 2 hours, 47 minutes and 52 seconds. 1884 cigarettes not smoked, saving $272.09. Life saved: 6 days, 13 hours, 0 minutes.
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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

July 15th, 2003, 3:21 pm #60

Happy Anniversary Freedom!

Bob
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Lyverbyrd
Lyverbyrd

July 17th, 2003, 11:36 pm #61

Thank you. That's all I can say.

Paula - Free and Healing for Sixteen Days.
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Toast (GOLD )
Toast (GOLD )

November 29th, 2003, 5:17 am #62

For Eddie and our other newbies who'd like to know a little bit more about Freedom's history.

Melissa
30 months
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IrishLotus GOLD
IrishLotus GOLD

January 3rd, 2004, 4:28 am #63

First time I've seen this thread, and I thought it would be helpful to kick it up to the top for all our New Year's Newbies! Allso, I think it would be a neat idea for each of us, if we, after having read this very important thread, simply say:

Thank you FREEDOM! You saved my life.

Lotus- 465 Days FREE!
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IrishLotus GOLD
IrishLotus GOLD

January 3rd, 2004, 4:57 am #64

Alright...I'm back here again, but this time I went back and read all the responses to this thread as well as the original post. It is truly amazing to take a peek "back in the day" to when our fearless managers were nurturing their very own fledgling quits. I must say, it is quite inspiring to see John and Joanne and Linda as "newbies", and to know in my heart of hearts that it only gets bettter from here. Again:
Thank you. You saved my life.
Mary Kate- 465 fabulous days of FREEDOM!
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wackylaurie
wackylaurie

February 20th, 2004, 10:30 pm #65

Hi Freedom Freinds,

Take some time to read this great post.

Thank you John, Joanne, Joel and last but not least J-linda!

Do we need an update about any thing Guys?

Laurie
One month, two weeks, five days, 7 hours, 43 minutes and 44 seconds. 1509 cigarettes not smoked, saving $207.58. Life saved: 5 days, 5 hours, 45 minutes.
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