Hi everyone....after reading everyone else's first posts, I have finally decided to put my thoughts down about my quit journey.
My name is Karen and I started smoking when I was 15. My parents had separated and we had moved to a new town, where one of the first questions I was asked upon starting school was "Do you smoke?". Until then I had never given much thought to the idea of smoking. My dad was a heavy smoker, as were my aunts, uncles and grandparents. Mum had quit years before. In an effort to fit in to a new environment I started...the worst decision of my life.
For the next 20 years, I smoked and quit and hated myself for what I was doing. I knew the health risks and kept right on going. My husband also smokes and although we would often vow to quit together often we would sabotage the others quit efforts by buying the dreaded things. As he has now gone overseas for 4 months, I have made the decision to free myself from my addiction. My last cigarette was at 10.30pm on the 14th of April. I am now up to Day 17 of being smoke free and am feeling strong in myself.
I thank god for finding this site...I have never truly understood the real nature of my addiction and have fallen prey to the 'just a puff' more times than I care to admit. Arming myself with all of the facts will make this my final quit. I just want to be free from nicotine for my health, my children and myself. Looking forward to a brighter, happier and healthier future!!!