Hi, my name is Heather and I have been free from nicotine for one week. I am a 29 year old mother of two who has been smoking for 21 years. Yes, I started sneaking my grandmother's cigarettes at 8 years old. So far, this journey has been easier than I expected it to be. The first day was interesting. I felt like I was completely wired that day. Needless to say, my house got a very good cleaning. After that the only things that I have really had problems with has been sleeping (which has started to get better) and anxiety. I could not sleep at all or when I did I would only be able to doze. The anxiety has been the worst. I constantly catch myself with my whole body tensed up and I have been having the constricted breathing that sometimes is a part of anxiety (the feeling of needing to take a deep breath a lot). I haven't really been that irritable so far. I have noticed that if someone makes me mad I won't just sit back and take it like I normally would; I will say something to let them know what they have done. The cravings haven't been that bad. I only have one or two cravings a day or whenever I do something for the first time that I used to do when I was smoking. I took me a while to come to my senses, but I have finally done it. My grandfather died in 1988 of emphysema, my grandmother died in 2000 of lung cancer, my dad has emphysema (he quit as soon as he found out he had it), and my mother and I both have asthma. I finally decided that after watching 3 people I love suffer because of smoking that enough was enough. I don't want to put my family through the things my mother had to go through with my grandmother. I also don't want my kids to grow up breathing in all of these toxins or having their friends say that they stink as they have already been doing. I don't have illusions that this whole journey will be a piece of cake. I know that there will be bad times along the way, but I am prepared to deal with them and come through the other side still smoke free.
Heather - Free and Healing for Seven Days, 7 Hours and 38 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 15 Hours, by avoiding the use of 183 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $40.17.