On June 3, 2000 I took my last puff. Armed with the information I received from Joel's Library and with my Freedom message board family cheering me on, one day at a time I did not take a puff. Looking back, the first 6 months were the hardest. Somewhere between 6 months and 1 year I began to like not smoking. For quite a few years, I aways "came home" on my anniversary. Admittedly, I eventually became so comfortable as a non-smoker that there were a few times my anniversary passed by forgotten. This year is a special landmark. It is an anniversary that initially I could not conceive. But here it is, 10 golden years. Every day of our quit is precious but the older it gets the more precious it seems to become. I came home to celebrate and to thank every single person who typed out a word of support from this site to help me achieve this goal. I want to encourage everyone here to believe in their quit. It is fortified with very special knowledge that Joel has so graciously shared all these years. Freedom has surely saved countless lives, mine being one of them. Thank you Freedom from the bottom of my heart!
Big hugs, Joy (Zarefah)