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I've received a few e-mails from excited readers who jumped the gun a bit as they were not yet at the one year mark. Although not quite ripe for WhyQuit's Turkey's Triumphs page I'm letting them know that I'm going to start sharing them here. It just seems like such a waste not to share their excitement and victory. This is the latest. It's from Serena
March 23, 2005
I am an official "lurker." I know it's too late to join but I do get all of the free education that I rely on and love. I am 36 years old and started smoking on my 13th birthday.
I want to share that with the help of all of the information I have received from this website I am almost 6 months quit. I know to NTAP. I have been bragging to everyone I know about this group and my co-worker's husband finally quit 4 months ago using the website. He never joined either. I am certain there are so many you touch and help quit and most importantly, stay quit, that you are never made aware of.
My longest previous quit was one year but I was not educated and pulled the "just while I'm on vacation with the girls" smokes. I did stay on and off for another year before I went back full-time to my 1 & 1.2 - 2 packs a day. That was 8 years ago. Wow.
Well, now I am no longer an "in the closet" smoker and this freedom to be honest in every way is very empowering. I always worked out even when smoking, but now, forgettaboudit! I am doing Japanese sword training, karate, kickboxing and spinning classes and I love, love, love how much I can breath.
Well, thought I'd type a note and share. Oh yeah, I did gain 10lbs for my chocolate indulgences but cut that out a month ago. Now I've lost 14lbs so I weigh less now then when I quit!
Thanks you for giving me back my integrity, my self confidence, my breath, my life. I can't say enough.
|02/10/05|| I am 74 years old and I quit smoking at 5 PM on June 17, 1964. How do I remember the date? It was the day before my 9th wedding anniversary. I quit almost cold turkey just using four of the old time Bantron tablets. They made the cigarettes taste like horse manure. Now I tell people the only way to quit is like I did. I tell them it is a sure fire way of quitting. A 100% success rate. That is an individual just does not light up another cigarette. If a person does not light up the the end of a cigarette it can't burn nor can they inhale. End of story. I had smoked for 14 years and had tried to quit 3 or 4 times before. By the way, I just finished walking 4 miles today. |
|23||02/25/05|| Hello! Today is my one year anniversary of having stopped smoking after just over 20 years. I know it's been said over and over but I never thought I could do it and be this successful. It was just plain exhilarating (and still is) to be free of this heinous addiction. Like many people out there, I too have tried a number of times but now feel down to my very bones this quit is the one that will 'stick'. |
I've often read the WhyQuit disclaimer that said: "WhyQuit is staffed and its materials authored by professional cessation counselors who are not medically trained physicians. WhyQuit's information is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a site visitor and his/her physician. Do not rely upon any information at this site to replace individual consultations with your doctor or other qualified health care provider."
I understand why it's there and why you have to post it, but I have to tell you that it's because of whyquit.com and other sites like this that are devoted to helping us stay quit that I attribute my success. Sadly, although my doctor always encouraged me to quit, beyond offering to write prescriptions, I never had the education, tools and resources that sites like whyquit.com offered.
I know I will continue to need to care for my quit and never backslide or become arrogant that I could have another smoke, for the rest of my life. Interesting because it doesn't feel like a battle or something I 'gave up' any more. Now it feels like one of the best gift I've ever received. Thanks for saving my life.
|35||04/27/05|| I started smoking when I was fourteen years old. It was the night they rushed my father to the hospital because he was having a heart attack. His heart stopped three times that night and he was forced to quit smoking. He told me that he wanted to **** the nicotine off the fingers of the nurses who smelled of smoke after their breaks. Somehow I came to reason with God that I would start smoking if he let my father live. How the mind of a fourteen year old works! |
My mother died a couple of years after I graduated from college. Diagnosed with liver cancer, she had to have a lung removed earlier due to lung cancer. She quit smoking in her early forties but was now in her late forties. It was during my senior year in high school. I walked into her hospital room just as the doctor told her she probably only had two months to live. We cried with each other for about fifteen minutes. Just before she died I brought home a girl whom I just started dating. She told me later that she did not want to jinx it but that she thought that she just met my future wife and her deepest regret was that she would be there for my children.
I quit once before about four years ago for a year but had to add my name to the one puff files. My father had dementia and his brother who was a priest living in nearby city got cancer. Both died relatively close to each other. After one of the wakes I walked outside and smoked a cigarette with my brother, then believing it would help me through the situation. Back to another 30 plus Merit Longs a day.
I promised my kids that I would try again. I did try a few times but could not see myself without smoking. I wanted to quit but after several failed attempts I did not think I could. I thought I was destined to continue my 35 years of smoking until death. I made promises to my kids that I would try after tax season ( I am a CPA). On April 16, 2004, after tax season my boys asked me, "now that tax season is over when are you going to quit?" I quit on April 19th and that quit only lasted two days, maybe two and a half, before I broke down and purchased a pack. I made that pack last three days. My wife smokes and the boys are harder on her then me. They said to her, "at least dad tries to quit," after my last failed attempt. She always said we could not quit together because we would kill each other.
Ashamed that I failed in my last quit attempt, angry that I ever started to smoke, embarrassed to have to leave my son's basketball game at halftime to smoke, disgusted that I coached basketball while smoking, mad that I allowed myself, my government, and the tobacco companies to make me a slave, scared from when I went to the heart doctor for a stress test that he said to me that "chances are that if both you and your wife continue to smoke that something bad is likely to happen to one of you during the next five years." My daughter was only entering the eighth grade and my sons were entering their senior year of high school and the other a sophomore year in college. On April 26, 2004 I smoked my last cigarette. I did so hopefully my kids would not have watch me suffer or worry during their own development.
I am so proud of my quit. I'm thankful to WhyQuit.com, and the managers and members of Freedom from Tobacco (where I lurked as a non-member) for helping me save my life. Thank you! Thank you! My wife and several people I know have quit or are in the process of quitting because of WhyQuit. When they ask me how I quit I respond with a question do you have a computer. I explain about WhyQuitm and will actually go to the web page on their computer to give them a tour. Before I sign off their computer I add WhyQuit.com to their Favorites and encourage them to return and explore the site when they have some free time.
Today I'm forty-nine years old, have a wonderful beautiful non-smoking wife and three children ages 13, 18. and 20. It has been one year and one day since I ingested nicotine into my body. I've saved $3,167.14 while not smoking 10,997 cigarettes. For you new quitters, please believe me when I say peace and comfort will come. Breathe deep, live long, love strong, hug long, and be FREE by Never, Never, Taking Another Puff.
You will find peace and freedom just give it chance by NTAP. Repeat after me, I do believe, I do believe, I do believe! You will be there before you even realize that you are there!
[url=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]Walter F. Cain[/url]
Webster, Massachusetts, USA
|40||05/15/05|| Six years ago today - the evening of May 15, 1999 - I said "no more!" Tempered by a dozen prior serious failed attempts and frightened by the prospect of withdrawal, what I most feared was success. Smoking had so infected every aspect of my being that I simply couldn't imagine life without it being worth living. Ohhhhhh, how wonderfully wrong I was. |
One thing was different this time. In April 1999, I at last surrendered to the fact that I was a true drug addict, every bit as chemically dependent as any alcoholic. After thirty years of games in attempting to control the uncontrollable, of treating an addiction like a habit, I now, for the first time, willingly admitted that I would never ever be stronger than nicotine. The games were over. But if not stronger, then what?
On May 13, 1999, I discovered the beauty of "can-do" encouragement flowing from online support, on June 16th I read Bryan's story and felt the positive influence of horrible truths, and on January 20, 2000, I was introduced to Joel's Library and almost immediately recognized a vast void in my dependency understanding.
Remember the end of the movie Ghost, where Patrick tells Demi that "the love in your heart, you get to take it with you?" Well recovery is the same. Although it may feel like it during the first two weeks, we leave absolutely nothing behind. Every neurochemical that nicotine released -- more than 200 -- already belonged to you. Recovery is a matter of giving our brain time to re-sensitize itself, and us time to again appreciate engaging every aspect of life without nicotine.
If you have not yet done so, I'd strongly encourage a one time cover to cover read of Joel's Library. Also, I'd find a quality source of ongoing support - a calm and comfortable ex-smoker, a non-smoking loved one or a serious and highly focused online support forum. Just one guiding principle determining the outcome for all, a principle that will always remain our common bond ... no nicotine just one day at a time, Never Take Another Puff, Dip or Chew. As with all who've posted here, if you need help, or have a question, e-mail us. We're each here and we're with you in spirit. The next few minutes are all that matter and each is do-able.
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long!
[url=mailto:email@example.com]John R. Polito[/url] (a/k/a Zep)(Gold x6)
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
|45||07/12/05|| Hello, my name is Tommy and I quit 1 year ago today (12 July 04).Many thanks to God and WhyQuit.com. I had tried every possible quitting method during the last few years, but never tried the educated cold turkey method as described here at WhyQuit. |
The beginning was difficult and I my eyes were glued to this site for the first few weeks - continually educating myself and reaffirming my promise to keep my quit. The real life tragedies, photographs and suffering that I saw posted on this site was a real wake up call for me. I read from people that really opened their hearts and emotions about how this dreadful addiction had affected their lives and their families. Then I read about the success stories, ordinary people beating this addiction and gaining control of their lives again, and I believed that I could be one of this team also!...and it worked!
This site should be on the school education curriculum for teenagers to help them quit/not begin and prevent them having a life of guilt and worry as most of us (former smokers) have had.
Since I quit I now have 3000% more energy. I now enjoy my sports again. I met a beautiful lady and married her. I lived in a European city and my country banned smoking last year in all bars, restaurants, etc, so quitting was relatively easy because the "triggers" were greatly reduced!
This year my employer relocated me to Moscow, Russia - a very interesting and historical city. Everybody smokes here - it is frightening to see how addicted to cigarettes most of the population is. There is cigarette bill-board advertising, magazines etc. This has been outlawed in Europe for many years, so it is a big culture shock. Museums, outdoor events etc list major tobacco companies as their main sponsors...wow! The prices of cigarettes are very cheap and as a result everyone smokes, in restaurants, bars, work etc. These are the new markets for the big tobacco companies - Russia,China and Asia.
The amazing thing about all of this is that since I quit and everyone that I work with now in Moscow is smoking all around me.... I have no cravings. I do not want to smoke and I pity these people and their terrible addiction. I actually find it funny because most of the time I cannot remember smoking and cannot imagine myself smoking (and I smoked for over 20+ years!!!)
Indelibly etched in my mind is NTAP...never take another puff. This promise/oath is so important to me and my health. Quitting smoking has been the greatest achievement of my life and I am proud of this. I hope that this short letter will give some encouragement to anyone out there that is worried about quitting or is thinking about resuming their smoking career. Please quit one day at a time... I did ... and it gets really easy later!
Many thanks to Joel, Kim and Whyquit.com...you saved my life.
|73||11/16/05|| Hello. My name is Rachel Meyers and I quit smoking with the WhyQuit.com website. I am 24 years old and started smoking at the age of 15. I smoked a pack a day and never would have thought I could have quit so easy or made it this far as easily as I have done it. |
My sister Sarah and her husband Eric have also quit for over a year and have been smoking for years longer than I. So, I was shocked when Sarah told me about the site and how it helped them and they had quit for a month. So, I thought there is no way I'm quitting. I'll humor her and check it out.
Then when I was looking around something had hit me before the 72 hours and the nicotine was out and the rest was mental. I thought I'm not that weak I can do this and it turned my life around. I started saving money and using that money for a gym membership and buying new perfumes and feeling great. It even motivated a friend at work who will hit her year in January. I felt it was time to let you know. Anytime a friend asks me about quitting I recommend this site. Thanks!
|72||11/16/05|| I must tell you I have not touched any nicotine product since October 2004! I am so proud of myself. I had smoked since I was 13 years old and am now 31. My husband and I both decided to quit "cold turkey" after "pretending" to quit for a couple of years. We'd quit for a day or two, decide we just weren't ready and start all over again. What got us through it this final time? Well, during our first day nicotine free my husband found this wonderful website. He told me how it said that if we could survive the first 72 hours that it was all mental after that. Well, I certainly didn't like that fact, but it really hit home. He told me I should peruse this website while I thought, "I don't need a goofy website to tell me what I can and can't do". |
Silly me, I forgot that quitting tobacco is really, really hard. My first day back at work without a cigarette break almost killed me so I thought, "why not," I'll look at the website during my break. I started reading and couldn't stop. It was so inspiring and gave me hope. I found that I wasn't alone out there and even though my pride didn't want to admit it, I needed that extra boost. From then on if I ever felt the urge, I logged on to WhyQuit and read a few articles. The urge passed quickly after that!
Now over a year later my husband and I are completely nicotine free. We are healthier and happier. We were actually trying to have a child with the thought that we would both quit smoking as soon as the test was positive. We had no luck other than a miscarriage during a two-year time frame. Now our baby is due in May and I am so happy that I was not smoking during those first few critical weeks of the unknown! I also know that quitting nicotine also greatly increased our ability to conceive. To all those women out there who are trying to become a mother, the best thing you can do is to quit. Quit for you, quit for your family and quit for your unborn baby! If I did it, so can you!
I want to thank you personally with all my heart for trying to make this world a better place. Its people like you that truly make a difference.
It is amazing how many quitters eventually master the law of addiction through the school of hard-quitting-knocks. The beauty of Freedom is that knowing exactly what it takes the first time can mean lasting success with your very first attempt.
Oh how this body and mind wish they'd discovered a resource such as Joel when I was struggling extremely hard at 19 and 20 to kick this thing. Unlike the roughly half of adult smokers who fail to see, understand and arrest their dependency before it costs an average of 13 years of life (15.3 here in SC, USA, home of the state with the cheapest cigarettes in America - Eagle, $1.39 a pack) I shouldn't feel too badly remaining captive for 30 years as I've now been free for healing for over 6 years.
I received the below letter from Helene whose self-taught lessons helped her appreciate and come to terms with the the power of the contents of a cigarette 9 years before WhyQuit and Freedom were born. But each time I read a letter such as this I can't help but wonder how much sooner the write could have tasted lasting victory if those with insight had only been able to remember and share what they'd learned.
Still just one rule for for Helene, you and me, no nicotine today, Never Take Another Puff!
John (Gold x6)
It's been about 15 years since I quit smoking cold turkey. Have to say It was the most difficult thing I've done in my life. Think it helps to have, or develop, a stubborn streak about the situation--when cravings struck, I reminded myself the tobacco companies were literally banking on the addiction's hold.
No "tricks", other than putting a few butts and some water into a baby food jar. (Cutting back hadn't worked--found myself rooting through my garbage for old cigarettes.) Wore clothing with pockets so I could carry it everywhere. Can't tell you how many times a day I needed to look at it!
One last thing--I would never have succeeded if I'd thought of quitting in terms of weeks or months. I could only handle the withdrawal hour by hour.
Good luck to everyone.