Good morning, all. It's been a long time since I've posted, but I think about this place often. Today is a big day for me, as I celebrate 65 years on this planet, 41 years with my dear wife, and 15 years smoke free. That's right, 15 years, thanks in large part to this site and what is taught here.
I read in various places that 15 years marks the anniversary that means I have no more health risk than if I'd never smoked. I don't know if I believe that (sure, I want to) but I do know that I'm in much better health than I was 15 years ago and I have much less of a chance of dying from smoking than if I'd never quit.
To those who are just starting out, you read here that it gets better with time. That is true, but that doesn't mean it's not tough in the early part of your quit. As I've told many times, it is definitely worth the effort. It is so nice to not have nicotine control my every waking moment. I do remember what it was like to have my life revolve around my next fix, and I would never go back to that.
Thanks to all of those who helped make this 15-year quit possible. I count among my blessings the friendships made here and wish all of you well.
I don't smoke and I don't chew and I don't go with the girls that do. Fifteen years today.