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  • time...
    Hi Ana, Thanks for your congratulatory note. It's amazing how life pieces itself back together, isn't it? I was sure my life would fall apart when I chose to stop smoking ... and slowly, I realized that smoking was what had torn it apart in the first place. There was nothing to piece back together, ...
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    October 15th, 2012, 3:46 am
  • thanks!
    HI all, Thanks, Doc, freedom staff, Joe J, Michelle, for your kind words. It's just good, folks, to have this done. I know it's a lifetime, but making a year was huge for me. I'm no longer afraid to succeed -- because success tastes so good. All you on the journey, stay with it! Michelle, we'll see ...
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    October 15th, 2012, 3:46 am
  • nice up here!
    Hi all, Hi Shanks, and thanks for your post. Yes indeed. It is lovely up here on the Lido Deck. Nice to finally meet the other members of the Gold Club. It's been raining here for days and days on end; and I got up this morning, on my Gold Anniversary, and watched the sun actually appear! Slow and s...
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    October 15th, 2012, 3:46 am
  • TOMORROW!
    Hi, Freedom Friends! Tomorrow ... one year tomorrow!! I bought a new dress. I called a few friends. And I will don my very best shoes for the victory climb to the Lido Deck. It's a little overwhelming; maybe just emotional today. I owe it all to my friends here at Freedom, to the writers of all the ...
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  • Two more weeks...
    Greetings, fellow freedom friends! I hope everyone is well and enjoying springtime! It's so beautiful here this time of year. So, all you cool cats up on the Lido deck, set up a chair for me... I'll meet up with you in two weeks! We're goin' dancing!
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    October 15th, 2012, 3:46 am
  • so happy!
    Hi Lisa, I just had a few minutes and popped on to the sight, and read your recent post. I just love how happy you sound, and how really, truly free you are. I'm getting there too now, but I believe your positive words will help those earlier on in their crusade for freedom. All the best to you as y...
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  • happy ani!
    Hi Oddfunk A happy (somewhat belated) Gold Anniversary to you! I just cannot believe how the time has flown by -- what a long way we've come from the people who, a year ago, were working out how to get through a three-minute craving that felt like 3 hours. I hope you had a celebration to mark your w...
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  • HI!
    Hi Michelle, Not sure how often you get back here to read and post, but just saying hi to some of my fellow quitters; girl, you're coming up on a year in no time -- May 30, I think? Hope you're still doing well and loving life nicotine free! Sylvia
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    April 12th, 2012, 12:47 am
  • closing in!
    Hi all, Hi Ana, and thanks for your post! Yup, we're getting close now...not even two months to the big one. Life is just so much better. If you're new, hang in there. I promise you this: If I could give you a 10-second glimpse into how your life will look after 3 months, after 6 months, after 9 mon...
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    October 15th, 2012, 3:46 am
  • time flies!
    Hi Johnnie, saw your post on my journal; just saying hi. Noticed that you've passed a year and a half mark already. Time flies -- when you're not waiting for the next opportunity to have a smoke! Hope you are well. Sylvia
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    March 21st, 2012, 12:58 am
  • hi to friends
    Hi Johnnie, and thanks for dropping by. Don't get here much, but nice to touch base with the people who held my hand through the early days of the struggle for freedom. Yup, it sure does get easier. If I could give any 'newbie' just 5 minutes of feeling like they will in just a few months, that woul...
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  • don't believe it
    Hi Lollyloo, and congratulations on maintaining your quit -- you're doing it, one day at a time! You're right about the NRT concept. Why do people believe nicotine is different from any other drug -- and what drug do you quit by continuing to use it? Makes no sense at all -- it's akin to injecting a...
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  • rock on, sister
    HI Ana, Like you, I don't get here as much as I used to -- in fact, hardly at all, to my detriment, though. You are pushing up to the Big One -- keep it up, and like Gary says, all you have to do is say no to nicotine. We're getting there! Keep it up. Sylvia
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    July 26th, 2012, 5:24 pm
  • freedom!
    Hi Rajan...wowee! You are GOLD! Congratulations on this great achievement. I'm sure like the rest of us there were ups and downs, but now you are truly free to live your life the way you choose -- because a year ago, you chose so wisely! Enjoy the ride on the Freedom Train; I'll see you there soon. ...
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    January 29th, 2018, 1:12 pm
  • celebration!
    Hi Christine!! And here you are, Aloha Princess....wearing the Gold Crown!! Way to go on a great achievement, a journey well taken, and the best first year of the rest of your life. I hope your gold celebration finds you well and happy, and just as comfortable as this: http://whyquit.com/freedom/Ima...
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    October 15th, 2012, 3:37 am
  • miss you guys!
    Hi to all ffn friends, Hope everyone's doing well and enjoying their freedom, their lives, their improved health, etc. Logged on today and realize how much I've missed, want to read everyone's updates but just can't work out the time. But commiting (again!) to try to be here more, maybe offer help, ...
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  • Woo hoo!
    HI Carrie, and a huge congrats on going GOLD!!! For some reason I had your quit date as March 13, so here I am thinking I'm right on time, but it looks like you've got a slew of Gold messages already, so I'm sorry for being late. In any case, what a wonderful feeling...can't wait to join you up on t...
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    March 16th, 2012, 1:16 pm
  • and a year goes by...
    Dear Lara, I haven't posted here for ages, but I had your anniversary date written down, and I just want to say, girl, you are a shining star... through a year of difficulty and challenge, you rose above it and gained your freedom. I applaud you for your success and your indominitable spirit... you ...
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    August 28th, 2012, 5:08 pm
  • You go, girl!!
    Hi Laura, and a big, HUGE congratulations on your GOLD celebration!! Yes, it's only a date on the calendar...but it's like making the summit of Everest. Just a piece of rock... not! Celebrate, rejoice in your freedom! You are an inspiration. I love cats and flowers, so this is for you on your annive...
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  • new year, new roads
    Hi Ana, and Happy New Year! Like you and many of us, I celebrated my first nic-free New Year's in so long I can't even remember. These are wonderful, proud moments that we all need to hold in our hands and nurture. So blessings of the new year to you as you continue your journey and discover new roa...
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    July 26th, 2012, 5:24 pm
  • celebrating?
    Hi Craig, Are you doing a celebration of some sort for this wonderful day? I'm picking every GOLD brain, in preparation for my big day. I've already stolen a few ideas: A gold dress (Terri); and maybe a golf game (Jeff), as it will be June and golfing weather here.
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    January 29th, 2018, 7:13 pm
  • more golf!
    Hi Jeff, Had a funny moment, reading about the temp. being in the 30's where you are... and realized you're talking Fahrenheit degrees, of course; but funny how the mind works, I read 'in the 30's' and immediately saw myself out on the summer porch on a hot day (30C = 88F), having a cold beer and a ...
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    January 9th, 2018, 9:16 am
  • nice words
    Hi Michelle, Thanks for your kind words. You are always an encouraging voice. You know, I used to think I was dumb or weak or somehow inferior because I smoked and couldn't stop; but indeed, all of the people here are genuine, sincere, intelligent people who got caught in that insidious trap. We are...
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  • another celebrant!
    Hi Craig, Congratulations on following through on the best-ever day, a year ago! I was just sending a message to your quit brother, Jeff, and noticed that indeed you are a year quit, too! So enjoy the view from the Lido deck, and celebrate all that life has given you as a result of this great achiev...
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  • great celebration
    Hi Jeff, just read your posts about your Gold anniversary celebration; sounds like a great day!! (despite the golf; at least you only have one handicap now, and not the added handicap of nic addiction :)   Golfing in January??? I want to go golfing in January!  Obviously you live somewhere way farth...
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