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Dec 13 05 2:11 AM
I found WhyQuit and subsequently 'Freedom' when I literally had my coat on and a script for Wellbutrin from my doctor in
my hand. I kid you not, script in hand I was on the way to the Pharmacy to get it filled cause I knew it was time for me to quit smoking. Matter of
fact - I'd known it had been time for me to quit smoking every New Year's for about 20 years. Wellbutrin was the last 'magic bullet' I
had not tried. A neighbor friend had quit smoking using the twin drug Zyban. She had also subsequently relapsed to cigarette smoking in less than
three months. I must admit that fact , her failure to quit for good, did disturb me. Awful expensive way to test a seemingly better but not fool
proof method. But I had to use SOMETHING I thought at the time! I'd tried everything else!!
So just after lunch on 1/9/2005 I sat down at the computer and typed in 'quitting smoking with wellbutrin' in a google
seach bar. I was curious about side effects. I was curious about effectiveness. On that day (it no longer does) whyquit came up as a top choice with
this article Quit smoking aids - do
they work?. So I stopped to read what was said about the drug.
of Addiction was linked in that article. Then I read some more about the drug nicotine. Then
I read about getting rid of nicotine and getting back control of me. And then a little later on I saw John's graphic
of 'The Cycle of Addiction' and a LIGHT went on. The light of understanding. The light of truth. I had found what proved to be the KEY for me - disconnect the cycle by ceasing
ingestion of nicotine and I would never NEED to smoke again. NTAP!
An hour or so had passed. My coat was now off, the script was in the garbage can under the desk in the study. After about 40
years of constant nicotine use I quit that day and after a session with Just one little puff I inhaled my last nicotine hit at 10:15 the next morning and
QUIT.(that story is in my quit journey journal -@ Message 30 )
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Dec 14 05 5:48 PM
"Each second you can be reborn.
Each second there can be a new beginning.
It is a choice. It is your choice".
Author - Clearwater
Welcome! Freedom and Whyquit have all the tools/resources you need to support your quit. You can do it now, just a step at a time. Take responsibility and
make a choice to improve you health and life. Please don't be afraid... it gets better, I promise.
Quit as a 'lurker' (non participating forum member). Thank you to everyone at freedom for unknowingly helping me for 16 weeks, 2days, 17 hours 41
sec. Not smoked 1720 saved $774 yay!!
If you too are a non-posting forum member with a New Year's message to share send it to [email protected]
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My husband and I have been smokers for 39 years. We would buy 2 cartons of cigarettes each week. Soon the carton
didn't last, so I estimate we smoked 14 pack a week each. I remember thinking how weak people were when I heard they were abusing drugs or
prescription pain medications or alcohol. Then one day I had to look at myself and think how am I different from the people with these other addictions.
I think for the last 5 years my husband and I have really wanted to quit, but convinced ourselves that we really enjoyed
smoking or we would have stopped. We would feel like lepers when we had a cigarette in our mouths yet got defensive because this was a legal act,
To make a long story short somehow I bumped into the WhyQuit site and
started reading, and reading some more. I tried to sign on but did something wrong and was denied so I have been a lurker since 1/31/05 when my husband
and I beat the odds and quit smoking together. He didn't read at WhyQuit but I did and I am sure
without the support to keep my convictions strong and never take another puff we would not have lasted, because although his quit was his, and mine was
mine, the support was imperative to keeping my willpower strong.
I would implore anyone wanting to quit to lurk at this site if for no other reason to see that everything you are feeling has
been felt before, to know that any excuse you think up to have another smoke was thought before and most importantly you are not alone in this battle and
it is not IMPOSSIBLE to break this addiction. It great to be free one day at a time.
Susan Muskego, WI
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Dec 17 05 7:22 AM
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about lung cancer.
My mother had lung surgery earlier this year. Like most, she felt smoking would never have an affect on her health. My mother learned the
hard way that smoking causes lung cancer and other serious diseases. While she did end up with a scar similar to the one shown above, the
photo does not describe what she went through during the past six months.
First there was the anxiety of being in a large metal tube for over an hour during the PET scan. Next was the pain that her biopsy caused
and the shock of being told the result. There was the apprehension of undergoing major surgery. The severe pain as she spent 4
days in ICU and 10 additional days in the hospital because the chest tubes needed to stay in her. Before the numbness of the incision was gone,
next came months of chemotherapy, which turned out to be more difficult than the surgery. Imagine spending 5 days a week in bed, in
considerable pain and too weak to eat or even to walk. The hair loss was difficult to accept, but the weekly trips to be given the chemo were
almost unbearable. You have to willing ingest drugs that are essentially poison which cause nearly unbearable fatigue and cause you to vomit
throughout the ensuing week.
For those without insurance, this process will also make you financially bankrupt.
Several months before my mother's diagnosis, I found whyquit.com and the Freedom site. They have helped me and hundreds of others to
find and keep the freedom of not smoking. If you want to successfully quit, stick around. You will be glad you did.
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Joel's Library, it all fell into place. Always remember one puff = all. My only job now is to
remember the promise I made to myself to NTAP
Dina nicotine free for 1 year, 9 months
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