Turkey's Triumphs - an invite to Goldies

John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 3rd, 2005, 10:34 pm #21

#47

08/03/05

During the last ten or so of my 30 years of smoking, I tried to quit literally countless times with patch or gum -- in fact they became almost interchangeable with cigarettes. Of course those devices didn't work because I wasn't quitting the most addictive substance on earth -- nicotine -- I was actually feeding that addiction. There is only one way to quit nicotine and that is to never intake nicotine. All the information and support needed is at WhyQuit.com. It saved my life. I am 100% certain that I will never smoke again.

Amber
Nearly 15 months free!
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 12th, 2005, 7:01 am #22

#50

08/10/05

John, I never joined Freedom or posted any messages. I lurked and read (and read & read). Regardless of Peter Jennings and what could happen to any of us, I will never smoke again. Sincere thanks to you, Joel and everyone associated with Freedom & WhyQuit. Below is my email to Keith Olbermann, MSNBC - written today.

Cheryl

[Editor's Note: Keith Olbermann, a 27 year pipe smoker, just had a tumor removed from his mouth. Click the above link to read his story.]

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Keith,

I am almost 55 years old and started smoking in my late teens - until I was up to a pack or more a day. I quit May 2, 2004, as required by my doctor prior to cosmetic surgery (FULLY intending to start up again after the surgery). Typical of any nicotine addict, I dreaded the quitting much more than the surgery and did considerable research in an attempt to ease the pain.

The method that worked for me was cold turkey with the help of www.whyquit.com. This is a very educational site with a tough love approach and I believe that, had it not been for the knowledge I gained on WhyQuit, I would be smoking today. In the 15+ months since I threw away my last pack of cigarettes, I have not taken one puff - regardless of stress, cocktails or WHATEVER (excuses addicts come up with). I recommended this site to a friend that wanted to quit (after 35 years of smoking) and remarkably, he has not smoked for almost a year.

Keith, PLEASE check out WhyQuit...........after reading your tumor story, I think you will appreciate the "scared straight" climate of this website and admire the volume of information it contains.

Thanks for your effort on this worthy campaign and good luck (and good health) to us all.

Cheryl
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 20th, 2005, 8:59 am #23

#54

08/19/05

Hi there. I have quit for over a year and a half and I am truly happy I made the choice. I smoked for 15 years, a pack a day. First of all we all make mistakes, no shame in it.

I tried everything, patches , gum, pills and it did not work. After my close buddy confronted me and said I should quit because I stink I gave it some thought. I went to quitsmoking.com (http://www.quitsmoking.com/info/article ... pind1.html) and read every article on the webpage. After each article it said "never take another puff again" and that is exactly what I did and am still doing today. I got rid of all my cigarette stuff like packs, lighters and ashtrays and went from there. The first couple of weeks were hard and now I can do it without thinking about it as much. The worst is when there are people in your life that want to keep you the same way and tempting you to smoke. Now I see these phonys a mile away and stay away from them.

You have one life to live. Forget about the past and begin a smoke-free future where it will not only benefit you but all the people in your life as well.

Breathing easier,

Mike Ross
Ontario, Canada
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 20th, 2005, 7:50 pm #24

#55

08/20/05

Hi Folks! I quit smoking cold turkey on March 7th, 2002, the same day as my sister was diagnosed with lung cancer.

My sister also quit cold turkey on March 7th, 2002 and remained nicotine free until she passed away on June 23rd, 2004.

Quitting smoking isn't as hard as you think it is. Educate yourself and understand the Law of Addiction. Education is the key to success and don't wait until something horrible happens to you or your family. It really is a matter of life and death.

Kelly
3 years, 5 months, 12 days
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 22nd, 2005, 1:26 am #25

#56

08/21/05

I started smoking when I was 17 years YOUNG. I knew better because my mother DIED as a result of smoking - she was 35 years YOUNG and had advanced heart disease. She was a 3 pack a day smoker.

Because of my mother's medical history I had been ADMONISHED by every single doctor I ever had to see to stop smoking. Even my gynecologist told me I had to quit.

What did they know? I "enjoyed" smoking, it kept me calm, took the edge off. But really, what did I know? I had no clue that active smoking was the result of nicotine addiction - prior to that I believed it was a "habit". A cardiologist actually told me that I was addicted. I did not believe him. I was 32 at the time, and I knew that all these people were right - I needed to quit smoking. I didn't want to die young. But I didn't know how. Any doctor I ever had to see told me I NEEDED the patch or something to "help". NO ONE ever said "cold turkey." No one in the medical profession ever said "you can do it cold turkey."

I did a Google search for quit smoking. That was how I found WhyQuit. The very first story I read was Noni Glykos' story. I could NOT believe that she was my age and had been died with lung cancer. I kept reading. I could not get enough of this website. Furthermore, I could not believe that REAL PEOPLE WERE QUITTING COLD TURKEY - no pill, no patch, no gum, just QUITTING ON THEIR OWN!!

But I wasn't ready to just quit, to just quit cold turkey? I believed in my mind that I could not do it. I was very envious of their magical powers.

In July of 2003 I quit for 8 days. I had set up myself for failure. I was not believing that I could do it, I could survive. I sold out at day 9 and went back to smoking. I quit again in November 2003 when I had to have major surgery. I lasted for 5 days. I needed my cigarettes!!

In 2004 I came back to WhyQuit, and then I started reading the threads at Freedom from Tobacco. I poured over the long-term quitters threads. I would just sit and cry 'cause I felt like they were special and I was a loser and I just couldn't do it.

But I had decided that no matter what, I was going to do this, and make it. I was going to do what I needed to do. And I was going to survive. I didn't know when, all I knew was that it was going to have to be on my own.

Then on August 17 I felt a wheeze in my back. Not the regular asthma type wheeze but a deep in your lungs wheeze. It scared me so much (think Noni) that I smoked my last cigarette on August 19, 2004 @ 7:42 p.m. I did it cold turkey. I wasn't scared, or nervous or anxious anymore. I just knew that it had to be done. And I was going to make it. I changed my self messages from "I can't" to "I am." From "I won't make it" to "I am healing." The list goes on and on. It's hard to be defeated when you're armed with facts.

I lived at Freedom from Tobacco for the first couple of months. I stayed focused on the messages. Other people who had succeeded were not more special than me, and I was not a loser. We had that one thing in common. We wanted our freedom from nicotine.

It's that simple. I wanted to be free from the fear, the worry, and the cost! I am on the "other side" now. I have been living in comfort for quite a while-and I'm only "1". I do not spend time thinking about smoking, I do not miss it, I do not need it. I never did. Last night was my official birthday and this time when I cried I cried tears of pride.

If you are thinking about quitting, quit wasting your time and just do it. Get educated. Visit WhyQuit. It also helps if you send yourself KIND, LOVING messages about how much you deserve to be free. You will survive. You will not "lose" anything, not even your mind.

Chevet' Mondragon
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 9th, 2005, 9:48 pm #26

#58

09/08/05

I tried to join the Freedom group about 6 weeks after my quit date. I was told it was for new quitters. As you can see, not being able to post was no biggie.

My brother was diagnosed with emphysema on 9/8/04. My father died of lung cancer at 67(4 packs a day). I come from a family of 8 kids. Both my parents smoked. My mother still does. Seven out of eight of us smoked. Five still do, even the one with emphysema.

I quit once at age 34 for 4.5 years. I got divorced and wanted to die so of course I started smoking again. Well, to tell the truth, I was at a bar feeling sorry for myself and took one puff. Ten years later at age 47 and over 120,000 smokes, I decided that I wanted to live to corrupt my grandchildren. Thanks to my brother who was in tears one year ago and who quit with me and lasted 4 days. What do I mean about corrupting my grandchildren? You know, tell them lies like: if you eat your veggies you get muscles in your spit, if you lie your tongue turns green...........

Anyway, thanks to WhyQuit tomorrow I am gold at 7:00 a.m. pacific time. Oh yeah. Feeling good and not like a slave. I smoked 2 packs a day and went cold turkey. Rock on!!!!!!

Thank you WhyQuit.com

Mike Hunton
Elko, Nevada, USA

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#57

09/07/05

A month into my quit I tried to become a member of Freedom from Tobacco and despite my disappointment at being too late to join I've made it!

On the eleventh of September it will be one year since I quit. I stayed quit thanks to this website and, to be truthful, also because in my country -- the Netherlands -- you are fast becoming a social disaster if you still smoke.

You made me a firm believer in the cold turkey method!

Thank you,

Winifred
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 17th, 2005, 8:31 am #27

#62
09/14/05

It's been 5 years and five months today. I was 44 at the time. I smoked two packs a day but was thin and very active. Anyway I always had a bit of a cough, you know the kind. I really didn't feel sick but the cough got worse and I knew I should see a doctor, but I knew he would tell me to quit smoking and lecture me etc.

Well that night I just didn't feel good and my lower right back hurt terribly. My husband had already gone to bed and I was going to have one more cigarette and then try to lay down and sleep and hopefully feel better. I don't know if it was my guardian angel or what but something made me know I had to get to the hospital and now. I practically crawled up the stairs and got my husband up and my daughter who was 7 at the time. We got to the hospital and I just knew I had pneumonia. They took a chest x-ray and it was worse. With pneumonia your lung fills with fluid, well somehow the fluid had perforated my lung and was fillling my chest cavity.

I had to have a thorencotomy where they opened me up from my back to ribs beneath my armpit and then they sucked a gallon of thick horrible fluid out and taped my right lung to my chest cavity. I was in the hospital for twelve days and in lots of pain. The lung doctor, an older man, said he had never seen a worse lung infection and that I was very lucky to be alive. My right lung will never be 100%. The doctor also told me now would be a good time to quit smoking and that if he ever saw me again he would not treat me if I smoked.

I quit. My husband still smokes and it makes me mad off but I still love him. I took up running again and have run 5 half marathons and next week will be my fourth marathon. If I can quit anyone can, but it's not easy.

Jennifer

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#61
09/14/05

I had tried quitting several times in the past using the patches and cutting back. The patches worked but they where so expensive I couldnt afford them and when I ran out of patches I would start back again.

Donald's lung cancer surgery scarI was diagnosed with lung cancer in June of 2001. On August 9th of the same year they removed my right lung - the upper and middle lobes. I had cancer in two places right on top of each other. I was told that I had to quit smoking for 30 days prior to surgery. This time I decided that the only way to quit was to do it cold turkey. I'll bet I ate a ton of candy.

Seriously people, if you want to continue breathing you have got to quit smoking. It has been four years since my surgery. I go back in December for a CT scan. Hopefully I will be free of cancer. To quit cold turkey sounds like it would be awful but I promise you that awful is what likely awaits you if you don't.

Imagine not being able to walk five feet after surgery without tiring. Imagine having extreme difficulty breathing for the rest of your life. Imagine your remaining lung capacity not being able to handle getting upset, lifting, and curtailing romance. Physically I'm shot to heck. I just wish I'd never picked up that first smoke.

You can do it. It's easy to quit smoking. What's hard is what happens when you don't quit. Good luck and I do hope you decide to quit.

Donald Spence

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#60
09/11/05

I didn't think I would ever be able to stop smoking. I had heard how horribly hard it would be for a woman my age, in fact, not a snow ball's chance in Hades. But I was a chain smoker, my dad died of lung cancer, a favorite aunt is dying from emphazema, I was waking at night with dread running through my veins. In the middle of the night I got on line and after going here and there I found WhyQuit. It's like an awakening...Oh! I get it now. I set my date, I quit.

It's of course the best thing I'll ever do for me and I am proud. So to all the women over 50 I want to say YES YOU CAN. Pick your date, read at WhyQuit and get ready for quite a fun adventure. Laughter helps.

I've been quit for 1 year, 9 months, 14 days, 11 hours, 12 minutes and 57 seconds (653 days). I've not smoked 19604 death sticks, and saved $3,121.71. I've saved 68 day(s), 2 hour(s) of my life.

Good luck to all,

Debra Flower

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#59
09/09/05

1 year, 9 months and 22 days ago I took my life back. I feel emotional writing this, more emotional than I have felt about my quit in a long time. It makes me sad to think that people feel trapped and that NRT will help free them. NRT's are just another trap. You have the power to free yourself and all the to

ols you need are with you everywhere, they are your mind and body and soul. Those are the tools that give you logic, motivation, ability to reach out for help, ability to make it through day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute when necessary. Freedom can be yours starting right now!

Jane Crimmins, MS
Early Childhood Education Field Coordinator
Teachers College, Columbia University
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 26th, 2005, 9:36 pm #28

#63

09/25/05

My first foray into the world of tobacco was in junior high. I found them nauseating, and like anyone with good sense I never tried them again until college. I would eventually become a pack a day smoker for twenty years. I knew from very early that it was one of the worst addicitions.

Shortly after law school I was defending Big Tobacco, and as a result read all the literature in the mid-eighties. I learned how 20 years was the incubation period for lung cancer and many other diseases, so I vowed to myself I would quit long before then. Nevertheless, I had two children and kept on puffing.

I contracted a rare form of bone cancer in my thirties, convinced my wife to stop, only to relapse myself in nine short months. I never paid heed to all the warnings from loved ones. Instead, I would smoke late into the night. As I spent much of my time at work in office buildings in which smoking had been banned, I was downstairs in the street, writing or reading legal papers. Needless to say, I recognized how addicted I was. I didn't like it one bit.

Anyway, it was the constant encouragement of a law partner, who did his prodding in the nicest of ways, and this website that were the combined catalyst for my giving up smoking just after Thanksgiving 2001. Thus, I'm nearly four years finished with this dependency, and there's been no relapse this time. I gained fifteen pounds initially, but now I've lost that and another fifteen. I've never felt better.

Paul Aiello
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

September 28th, 2005, 8:41 pm #29

#64

09/28/05

Five years ago today I threw away my last cigarettes and quit for the upmteenth time. However, this time became different because within a week I stumbled across www.whyquit.com and read everything on the site. Knowledge is power and at Freedom there is plenty of knowledge to be gained.

I started sneaking a few cigarettes before the Russians put up Sputnik. As time progressed my addiction became full blown and of course when you are young and dumb nothing can harm you. The first time I seriously tried to quit was in the early '70's and after a few months I was back at it. As a pilot in Vietnam I remember shutting off the oxygen and pulling the mask off my face and lighting up...not only hard to light but when you did get it lit you had to **** like crazy and then in the thin air would almost pull the fire right into your mouth....what a dummy! But I was an addict and addicts are not known to do well thought out actions.

For those of you who are still smoking....STOP. Not tomorrow but right now and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF. You can do it because I did after being stupid for 40+ years. We were just like you a few short years ago....you can do it.....

You have taken the first step or you wouldn't be reading this. Now be brutally honest with yourself and admit you are an addict and then get involved with Freedom. Oh, I know that real men handle their problems without outside help. All my life I thought that way, fancying myself as macho as they come. Then 5 years ago I swallowed my pride and found FREEDOM and the wonderful folks there. Joel, John and crew are world class and I owe them my life. Be like me and owe your life to them as well. Good Quitting and Best Regards,

Stan King
Forever smokeless in Dallas, TX
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October 1st, 2005, 3:53 am #30

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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

October 3rd, 2005, 9:13 pm #31

#66

10/03/05

I'm very happy to be posting this message to the Turkey's Triumphs page for being smokefree for a whole year (!) NOT ONE PUFF.

Thanks to the education I've received at Whyquit, I've come to understand how insidious an ADDICTION nicotine really is. I never understood this before and I lost many quits due to my lack of understanding. I now understand that my lack of education could cost me an appreciable percentage of the years God gave me. I'll never be able to return to the ignorance and denial that helped keep me addicted to cigarettes for 27 years. I know too much now. This is a good thing.

However, even after a year quit, I still need to remind myself daily how precious my freedom is and how easily it could be lost. I'm still challenged to remain smokefree: my mother passed away two weeks ago (from heart problems caused by smoking and diabetes) and my husband, who quit with me, relapsed a month ago. He continues to smoke.

I tell of these challenges to say: they have not and will not be allowed to affect my quit. I quit for me and no one else except myself can make me lose this quit. I've been quit for a year because I nurtured my quit and put it at the forefront of my mind. I've read and re-read all the materials available on the Whyquit site several times and I read on the Freedom boards often. I will continue to do whatever it takes to keep this quit because I truly believe my life depends on it.

People who have never smoked sometimes say "You're still talking/thinking about quitting? Aren't you 'over it' by now?" They don't really understand that I will never be 'over it' in the sense that I could ever be a 'casual' or any other kind of smoker or user of nicotine. We say Never Take Another Puff because we know that one puff means relapse. Staying quit means I can never be complacent and I can never drop my guard.

This quit has NOT been particularly easy for me (and this is a good thing too), but it also has not been as hard as I had built it up to be. I HAVE achieved a measure of comfort. I'm so grateful for it; it's an incredible improvement on the stress and worry I had every day as a smoker. I used smoking as a way of dealing with my emotions for so long, I had to relearn how to deal with my own feelings. But what I feel now, more than any other emotion, is CALM. My mind and emotions had been hijacked by smoking. I'm so glad I took them back! My whole body thanks me everyday for quitting; my lungs say they are especially grateful :-) For anyone who may be lurking and wondering whether the time is right for them to take the plunge, it is. In fact, the time doesn't get any better than right now J

Thanks so much Whyquit and Freedom for all you do...

Bernadette

I have been quit for 1 Year, 23 hours, 23 minutes and 57 seconds (365 days). I have saved $1,829.87 by not smoking 7,319 cigarettes. I have saved 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 hours and 55 minutes of my life.

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#65

10/01/05

Hello! I started smoking at 20 years old.....so stupid, as I knew that nicotine was addictive, and I hear that if people do smoke, they usually start in their teens. But of course, I was "different"....I started smoking after my daughter was born to "lose weight"... yes, I did lose the weight, and gained an addiction. Cigarette smoking slowly but surely worked its way into every aspect of my life - I would sneak cigarettes carrying my second and third child, just terrible. Fast forward 12 years of nicotine bondage...I stumbled across the WhyQuit.com website and began reading. I probably lurked at WhyQuit for about 4 months, educating myself on my addiction. Finally, on January 1st, at 3 o'clock in the morning, I smoked my last cigarette. And that was it.

I visited everyday at WhyQuit and educated myself and applied its teachings to my own recovery. Every day as I awoke I said to myself, "I will be free from nicotine, just for today"...and at first, it was very challenging. Sometimes I would have to stop myself and say, "I will be free from nicotine, just for 5 minutes" and before the five minutes were up, the craving for nicotine was gone.

Nicotine was losing the battle with my will, and my mind. Every day got a little bit easier, as my body was ridding itself of nicotine, nicotine was physically losing its grip over me. The only grip left was in my own mind. That is where education and support here at Freedom is really key. Its great to have a no nonsense place to come to that doesn't cater to ridiculousness...it caters to truth. And the truth is that one puff from a cigarette has me quickly on the road to active nicotine addiction once again. Its that powerful ...one single puff. NRT's do NOT work. Would you give an alcoholic whiskey? I don't think so.

It's been 2 years and 9 months...and not one single puff. It's ironic, I started smoking at 20 to lose weight and look good, but now I have 3 kids and am 35 years old and look better than I ever have in my entire adult life. This is because now that I am no longer chained in bondage to my addiction to nicotine, I have the lung power to enjoy inline skating (which I love!!!). I can skate for two hours and feel great! Plus, I work out with weights 4 mornings a week. I actually am in a gym at 6 o'clock in the morning 4 days a week...something I NEVER HAD THE STRENGTH OR ENERGY TO DO WHEN I WAS SMOKING!!!!

My advice to you - look into yourself, find that little special something (its in there, don't tell me it isn't!) inside of yourself and believe. See yourself free. See yourself waking up in the morning, eyes bright, lungs clear, and not even thinking about smoking.....and GO FOR IT! You are one-of-a-kind, with all your own gifts unique to you. Come, leap off the cliff and soar with us in Freedom!

Valerie Sorensen
I chose to be free from nicotine for 2 years and 9 months
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

October 12th, 2005, 11:42 pm #32

#68

10/11/05

Truth be told, I had long since given up on being able to quit smoking when I ran out of money and found myself forced to quit until payday. To me, it seemed ridiculous to go back to smoking after getting the nicotine out of my system for a day or so, but on the other hand, I had tried and failed to quit so many times before, it seemed hopeless.

Well, common sense won out and I decided to give quitting one more try. Since my heart wasn't really in it at the start, I figured I should search the internet to find some support. Luckily for me, I found this site. I read every article WhyQuit had to offer in the first 72 hours. Joel's Library was a sanctuary for me, a safe place to go whenever a craving hit. Every excuse I could think of could be countered with cold, hard facts there.

I wrote this to tell those of you who have been fed the lie that you can't quit cold turkey that the coping skills I've gained from this site have served me far better than any NRT ever has. I've tried cutting back in every form you can think of. Nothing short of eliminating nicotine from your system and addressing the behaviour responses addiction has ingrained in your consciousness will end your suffering.

It's so hard for me to believe it's been more than one year already. I quit cold turkey on August 20, 2004. Back then, I couldn't imagine myself still being smoke free on August 23, 2004. It is now Oct. 12, 2005, and I watch months fly by without so much as a thought given to smoking. There is a light at the end of the tunnel when you quit cold turkey. When you quit with NRT, that light you see is another train coming to derail your quit.

Julie Whitby
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

October 14th, 2005, 12:15 am #33

#69

10/13/05

I stopped smoking on August 22nd 2004. I had been smoking for almost 20 years by the time that I succeeded in quitting, and like many others on this site, I had tried several other methods in the past without success including patches. In the past I had found that within 24 hours I was at fever pitch and the longest that I'd ever lasted was 3 days. I have to say that the main difference this time was that I really wanted to quit, where as in the past I'd been trying to do it because other people wanted me to.

During the early days I searched for sites about quitting smoking and came across this one, and I've lurked in the background regularly since.The thing that has really helped me stay stopped is the true stories, I was particularly touched by Noni's story as I at the time was also 33 and that really hit home. That could be me!

I have to say that the actual quit was much easier than previous attempts with NRT. I can't say that to start with I was supremely confident that I'd never smoke again, and I didn't tell my parents that I'd stopped for a few days, in case I fell at the first hurdle. But after the first few days it did get easier. I found that taking it day by day was easier to handle than thinking about the implications of never smoking again. In a strange way I did feel like I'd lost some part of my identity for a while, after all I had been smoking since I was 14 and every major event in my adult life had involved me trying to work out when I could have my next cigarette. But now I'm free and you can be too!

Just remember, "NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF"! Believe me, you will think about it. You will tell yourself that just one won't do any harm, but do you really want to go back there again? I know that I don't! I deserve better than that and so do you!

I really thought that I was one of those smokers who would never quit because it was too hard. Even some of my friends have said that they didn't think I'd do it. But over twelve months later I can say with pride, that although I will always be a Nicotine Addict, I am no longer a smoker.

So please, if you are in the process of quitting, stick with it, it really is worth it. And if you're just thinking about quitting, read all the good stuff here and go for it! What have you got to lose????

Debbie
Southampton, England
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

November 17th, 2005, 6:52 am #34

Have you completed at least one nicotine free lap around the sun?
Do you have a message to share with smokers and new quitters?

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!

[url=mailto:rachelm@ins-ias.com]Rachel Meyers[/url]
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.

Love,

[url=mailto:Sarah_Gaden@bmc.com]Sarah Gaden[/url]
Houston, TX
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

January 17th, 2006, 7:39 pm #35


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)



Hi John,

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.

Helene
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January 25th, 2006, 7:41 pm #36

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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

January 26th, 2006, 2:16 am #37

85 01/19/06 In December 2004, after two heart attacks and two stents at the age of 61, I was strongly encouraged to quit smoking. I started at the age of 15. I had fooled around with quitting over the years, trying hypnosis, acupuncture, smoking cessation classes, nicotine gum; all of which helped but none of which lasted longer than six weeks.

When my cardiologist told me that he could continue to patch me up for awhile if I continued smoking but that sooner rather than later there would be nothing he could do, I made a decision to try to live awhile longer. Let's just say that was an opportunity for learning.

In trying to find a way to quit, I turned to the internet and luckily found my way to WhyQuit, and even though at that time because of a slow dial-up I wasn't able to register, I took it to heart that in order to quit you had to forego nicotine and its substitutes in order to be successful and part of this website.

I set a quit date of Jan. 1, 2005 and proceeded to spend the next two weeks sitting on the couch with clenched jaws reading the testimonials of others who had already been down this road. Slowly, my quit started to feel better, not easy, but better. I found that whether I smoked or not, the urge to smoke went away; not forever but for awhile. Respite. Now, over a year later, and still not smoking, but still vigilant, I'm still grateful for the encouragement found in the stories of smokers who had quit by not using.

I urge anyone wanting to quit to simply and profoundly try it, one minute at a time. Eventually those minutes turn into larger blocks of time, hours, even a whole day where you hardly even think about smoking. Truly amazing after smoking a pack and a half for a whole lot of years. I still, on occaision, dream that I've smoked and wake up angry that I have to go through that quitting struggle again, only to realize with gratitude that it was only a dream (nightmare). Smoking still intervenes, unbidden, in my thoughts but no longer in my life. I will always be aware that I'm one puff away from a pack, and one pack away from a semi load. Be strong and do the best you can, I'm pullin' for ya.

[url=mailto:glass@dishup.us]Jim[/url]
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March 26th, 2006, 9:11 pm #38

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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

March 26th, 2006, 9:17 pm #39

Australian Pharmacist Celebrates
1 Year of Freedom from Nicotine

#94

03/26/06
Nicotine… A drug that has caused more grief to mankind than any of its rivals. It has been classed "the most addictive drug" on earth due to its malicious affect on receptors found on our nerve endings. No other drug will cause your body to reject its very own neurotransmitters like nicotine will. Nicotine will turn your body against you!!!

As a pharmacist, I see many people come into the pharmacy for an answer to their smoking addiction. I can sympathize with them as I too was a smoker and repeatedly tried to kick the habit (instead of arrest a true chemical dependency). The reality is, people don't know how to go about quitting. Giving up smoking is like staring down the barrel of a gun. On one hand, you are waging war against your own cravings, smoking related habits, your own body!! On the other hand, you are overwhelmed by pharmaceutical giants preaching that their nicotine products are your one-stop answer.

I see people come back after completing their 8 week course of patches asking for another answer. Others have been buying nicotine gum, on a weekly basis, for the past 3 years - and some are still smoking! The only answer these products provide is less dollars in the piggy banks of tobacco companies, other than that, there are only broken promises.

Sadly there is no quick fix to quitting smoking and there is no real answer in their products. In actual fact, nicotine replacement products prolong the suffering as your body will STILL experience nicotine withdrawal when you stop using them.

I am constantly bombarded, by pharmaceutical reps, as to the benefits of nicotine replacement therapy… "It's your best chance at quitting" and "You will relapse if you don't use it." In my personal battle against smoking I have tried every brand of patches, gum, inhaler and microtabs. I have also tried the Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride) course on 4 separate occasions over 4 years and all I experienced was a state of psychosis (this is one of Zybans most frequent side effects due to its high dose anti-depressant nature).

After 5 years of active quitting and sampling everything on the market, I was still a smoker. I tested every stop smoking method I was taught at university, put all my medical knowledge into practice and still failed to quit. The only person I knew who had successfully quit for over 20 years was my father and he did it "cold turkey."

In my desperation, I started my research and came across WhyQuit.com. Now I have been a non smoker for over 1 year and it is all thanks to the team at WhyQuit. The most valuable tool to quitting smoking is understanding. By understanding what nicotine is, how it can affect your body and recognising when it takes hold of you, is the best weapon and greatest hope a smoker can have of quitting. You must realise how serious your addiction is and just how easy it is for your body to fall back into a nicotine dependent state. Already there is a serious, potentially fatal, physical addiction taking place inside your body and your mind and willpower WILL be swayed by this addiction.

Frankly, your ONLY chance is to never take another puff. It has been and will be for the rest of my life, my only chance. If you are serious about quitting smoking for your self or your families' sake, another cigarette (lit or unlit) can never touch your lips. If you can do this, you will beat nicotine and reclaim your mind. Until you accept this you will remain a smoker. I can make that statement with the utmost of confidence as I have seen thousands of smokers relapse. I now give out WhyQuit's URL to every Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) patient that comes into my pharmacy. There simply is no other answer.

Regards

[url=mailto:na@netpharmacy.com.au]Nima Alavi[/url]


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Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

April 16th, 2006, 7:23 pm #40

Congratulations, John (Glykos) on 6 years of nicotine free living!!!

I read your message in the Turkey's Triumphs and also the one John (Polito) posted for you not so long ago in Have you met Noni?

Noni is really still reaching out to so many nicotine addicts (those who are still using and thinking about quitting but also those who are recovering nicotine addicts).

So often, her "story", along with those of the others we know about here and who have lost their lives because of the use of nicotine, is being recommended to have a look at if somebody hits a bump in their road of healing.

So many mums or mums-to-be, who are still using nicotine, will read what happened to Noni and start to think. She is so much more than "just a story", she gives a face to what really can happen to so many.

So sorry that she lost her life at such a young age and was never allowed to fulfil the dreams she had as a bride ...

Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate you and also thank you and your family for continuing to share your sister, you had now to live without for so many years, with all of us.

I am sure she is smiling down on you.

Thank you once again and a good nicotine free journey onwards!

Gitte
506 days and a bit
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

June 6th, 2006, 7:09 pm #41

#106

06/06/06
In just a few hours I'll reach a very important milestone in my journey of healing and freedom from this gripping addiction. I will never forget where I came from and what brought me here.

I remember my very first cigarette 28 years ago - It was stolen, it was menthol, I inhaled deeply, coughed and then vomited. I was 15.

I remember the exhausting cough when trying to expel dark brown phlegm out of my lungs and worrying that I might have cancer. Sometimes I'd even spit it out into a Kleenex and force myself to look at it to ensure that it wasn't bloody and then sighing with relief when it wasn't.

I remember delaying my annual physical and dentist appointments because I didn't want to be lectured. After all, I was an educated, mature adult and had an awesome career. How dare anyone lecture me about smoking?

I remember a kind old fellow, *a complete stranger*, walking up to me, placing his hand on my shoulder and softly saying "What's a pretty woman like you doing smoking?". God, how I remember him… I hope he realizes what an impact he made on my life. Dear kind Sir…Thank You…from the bottom of my heart; I have carried your words for almost 20 years.

I remember the yellow nicotine stains on my fingers and nails...so much so that I was embarrassed to show my hands. I even remember soaking my hands in bleach on the morning of my wedding day in a vain attempt to get rid of them.

I remember the burning sensation when the smoke got into my eyes and being worried how the smoke would affect my eyes healing after lazic surgery.

I remember the dogs being cooped up in a smoke filled car…how did we dare compromise their health?

I remember being in bed with phenomena in both lungs and STILL smoking....even when I was warned that I'd be hospitalized if I continued to do so.

I remember feeling like a failure, an outcast and a poor role-model to those I mentored and looked up to me. I will never forget the "Oh, you smoke" look and the sparkle in their eye fading when they realized that I can't possibly be who they thought I was. After all, heroes don't smoke - do they?

I remember how short tempered I was as a smoker and then discovering the reason for this behaviour was the short half-life of nicotine and my constant need to suppress nicotine withdrawal. I love the calm new me that emerged when I quit.

I remember the hundreds and hundreds of dollars spend on courses, books, tapes, gums, patches, inhalers, drugs, and hypnotism…each one giving me hope that they will help me to quit smoking. And each one leaving me a little poorer and confirming that I indeed was a failure. Double your chances? Yeah right.

I remember the shear desperation of wanting to be a non smoker, the hundreds of dollars spent and still not quitting. To be completely honest, it brought me to tears more than once…and at my lowest point…I remember…

…stumbling upon www.WhyQuit.com on the week of June 1st, 2005 and finally being able to understand why this addiction had such a powerful grip on me. It was my very own personal "ah ha" moment and it shook me to my core. So on June 6th, 2005 (only a couple of days after discovering the site) I quit. For good. Cold Turkey.

And I remember a fellow giving me a big huge bear hug when I told him I quit...and I will never ever forget the tears welling up in *his* eyes. To this day, I don't even know this mans name...just that he works in my office building. I'm glad to tell you that on the rare occasions that I do bump into him, I am always at the receiving end of a bear hug. And yeah, I still don't know his name…only that my quit touched him deeply.

But on the other hand...

I will *always* remember how proud I feel for making the decision to never have another puff. And I will always remember how my quit has impacted my family, my friends and my life.

So, thank you for your continued efforts at educating, motivating and promoting healing and freedom from nicotine through www.whyquit.com. Education is indeed power.

With best regards,

An Anonymous Successful Quitter

Free and Healing for: Eleven Months, Twenty Nine Days, 18 Hours and 34 Minutes! (365 days). That's 7295 cigarettes not smoked, and $2,786.18 banked!
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

July 1st, 2006, 5:08 am #42

#108

06/28/06

Yesterday, June 27th, marked one whole year without cigarettes. This site and the knowledge contained in it's library is what made this possible.

I had tried to quit several times before. I tried 3 times with the nicotine patch (crazy dreams!). I tried using the Zyban medication (talk about side effects!). The very first time that I tried just plain cold turkey, was after reading this website. Once I realized the power of the statement, Never Take Another Puff, I realized just how easy this journey was going to be. And it was.

I smoked a pack a day for eleven years, and then was able to quit cold turkey. I came to this site religiously, everyday. I reread the same articles over and over and over again. I began preaching the site to my friends and family, "You need to go and look at this site. I know you know that smoking is bad for you, that's not what this site is about, it's more about why people smoke, not what it does to their bodies". Then these same people would look at the site, and come back to me, "You know, you're right. That is a really great website!"

I would like to personally thank WhyQuit for helping me achieve something that I thought I was never going to able to achieve. I had pretty much accepted the fact that I was going to smoke for life. Either because I was so addicted, or because the thought of a life without cigarettes was too unimaginable. How could I possibly give up something that deep down inside, I felt like I loved?

I think the first thing that I really, really noticed was at work, just how much cigarettes affected my behavior. By the end of a 1 1/2 hour long meeting, I'd usually be going crazy, unable to pay attention, staring at the second hand on the clock. Now, I can go the whole day without ever feeling like I need to run outside. It's incredible. I never realized just how much a slave I was to nicotine. Better put, I never realized how nice it is to remain calm for an entire day.

The major reason I quit was because I did not want to get a disease from smoking. I did not want to find out one day that I had lung cancer, and it was because I smoked. I can't imagine the guilt that people must feel once they discover that they could have prevented this. When I smoked, I knew there was a great possibility of getting cancer. Yet somehow I was able to push that fear deep, deep inside me and continue on.

Carrying this inside of me was like walking around with a bowling ball in my stomach. Every time I smoked, I felt guilty, a little ashamed. I now have so much self confidence! I am no longer under the power of anything but myself. One of the articles here said it best when it described cigarettes as objects. They will not jump into your hand and push their smoke into your lungs, you are the one who has to pick them up. They are just mere objects. They contain no powers. You have all the power.

Thanks again for saving my life!

Michael A. Sacco
Webster, New York
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

July 3rd, 2006, 12:43 am #43

#109

07/02/06

I've done it -- I now have a full year between me and the very last time I put nicotine in my body! I think back to that time, when I was so afraid of what I was about to put myself through. That was how I found WhyQuit, actually -- I had bought into all the marketing spiel and thought I needed some nicotine gum to be able to quit, but I didn't have the cash to buy it and was trying to get an idea of how bad it was going to be "goin' it alone". So far, I owe 365 thank you's to John, Joel, and everyone who has shared a story here. I didn't need more of the drug I was so helplessly addicted to -- I needed the courage to believe I was capable of making my own decisions again. I needed to understand that there really isn't any such thing as "just one". I needed to hear the truth, and not just snippets of it, but the whole ugly in-my-face reality-check version.

I went to sleep after staying awake all night in dread, and then I woke up an ex-smoker. Those first few days were tough. Day two was the worst for me, screaming into my pillow just trying to get the cravings out of my mind. Knowing I never have to go through that again makes it easy to say "no" in those very rare moments a temptation strikes. And what I didn't totally realize at the time was that it really *was* just temporary. It doesn't stay like that.

If you're going through it now, just hang on tight, because you *can* get through it! Now I know that my fear was because I thought that I'd continue wanting a cigarette every hour for the rest of my life, like I did as a smoker. And that, of course, simply isn't how it works. Those hourly cravings all go away, as long as you don't give in to them again.

I've been able to stay quit by simply withholding permission from myself to fail. Think about it... In order to fail, you have to put the cigarette in your mouth, and that requires a conscious decision to quit quitting. Don't ever tell yourself it's okay to do that. Never. Because as some people have learned all too painfully, it isn't okay at all to take another puff.

And on a lighter note, I had to temporarily order my hot wings a little less hot because my sense of taste got so much better! I have enough energy left after work to do other things if I want to. The little signs of healing are really incredible when you stop to notice them.

Ashleigh
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 16th, 2006, 11:32 pm #44

August 15, 2006

Today is one year! I feel so good and I am so proud of myself. This web site has helped me so much. By the time I discovered WhyQuit I had been quit for too long to join or post, but I came to this site at least once a day for about 5 months. I could not have done it alone. The main factor in my quitting success is the education that is available to anyone who seeks it.

I have tried tirelessly to get anyone I know who smokes to come to this site and start their education. But most of the people I talk to are in denial and they have even gotten very mad at me for even suggesting it to them.

My dad has emphysema from 40+ years of smoking 2 or 3 packs a day. He did quit when he couldn't breathe on his own anymore. My mom had a triple bypass when she was 57 but her years of smoking contributed to her heart disease. She quit smoking when that happened to her too. I just didn't want to wait until it was too late to quit and I had something that couldn't be reversed.

So today I am celebrating and telling anyone who will listen to me that I have been smoke free for one year. And a lot of friends and co-workers have congratulated me on my quit. To anyone else who lurks here for awhile You can do it!!!! Just remember to Never Take Another Puff.

[url=mailto:KSB@ddbco.cpa.pro]Kayla[/url]

I have been quit for 1 Year, 11 hours, 45 minutes and 15 seconds (365 days). I have saved $1,553.32 by not smoking 7,309 cigarettes. I have saved 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 hours and 5 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 8/15/2005 12:03 AM

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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

October 30th, 2006, 12:59 am #45


10/29/06
I quit smoking on October 10, 2005. I smoked for 30+ years, 1 1/2 to 2 packs per day. I was 45 years old. My daughter was expecting her first child, my first grandchild. I cannot believe it has been a year already. I want to thank everyone here at WhyQuit.com. I could not have done it without this site.
When I decided to quit, I decided the best way was to quit cold turkey. I don't really know why, it just made sense. About one week into my quit, I was searching for support and found this site. I have been coming back regularly. I have laughed, cried, studied and learned from this site. I did not ever become a member, but I benefitted just the same. My granddaughter will never know me as a smoker. New people have started working in my office and they cannot believe I ever smoked. I see people smoking now and I just feel very sorry for them (my husband included). Thanks again and I know everyone says this but, if I can do it, anyone can. NTAP!!! It's that easy.
Rose
Davenport, Iowa
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