Hello all. It's really good to be here. I hear that you've been waiting for me
Well...into Day 5 and I'm finding things more difficult than I had thought. Simple yes...easy no!
However, at least I have you guys and this amazing place to turn to whenever I need it, which is a lot at the moment. And hopefully I can give something back to the rest of you guys in terms of support and best wishes with your own quits. I'm proud of all us newbies.
Me? Oh, I'm 45 and have smoked 25-30 a day for over 30 years. Cigarettes were my bestest friend, they were with me through all the good times, all the bad times and all the boring times. Cigarettes never let me down and I had no intention or desire to separate from my friend. Then, I started to struggle when cycling up hills...just a little breathless at first, then a little burning in my chest, and then last week a feeling like my heart and lungs were going to pop out of my mouth! So...just out of interest nothing else, I stumbled on you guys and read a couple of threads, then a couple more, and another few then WHACK, out of nowhere a little thing called the truth hit me right between my eyes and right in the chest! How could I have been so stupid, so gullible, so naive, so blind all these years. Cigarettes are my friend? Yeh right! I enjoyed smoking? Yeh right! A little habit that I can stop if I ever choose to? Yeh right!
Although I now thought myself a total idiot...the likes of Joel, John, Joe J Free, Marty, O'Bob (and Mrs. O'Bob), Chipits and the other oldbies quickly seemed like old friends that I had known forever. You dont make me feel dumb, you dont judge me, you do make me feel safe, you do make me feel like I'm coming home! I have a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do, but if I keep reading the experience and knowledge that you guys have to share and I keep taking life an hour at a time and I keep telling myself that no matter how hard it seems, it is doable and that the only sentence I need to remember is Never Take Another Puff...I may make it home!
Thanks guys (and girls)