I posted this in the "Where were you" Parade.  I want to share it here in case you are reading and wondering.  I hope my experience will touch someone with inspiration.  As you can see, I CHERISH MY FREEDOM FROM NICOTINE! 

It was Sunday, October 17, 2004, 7:00 AM EST.  My alarm went off for church.  When I "woke", I sat up on my elbow as was my habit so I would not go back to sleep - well, my eyes "could" (and did) stay closed for a few minutes
Hot  I remembered a dream in complete detail, and I never remember my dreams.  A doctor was telling me I had lung cancer.  I was not hysterical or emotional, but flat....a kind of creepy, peaceful knowing that "I" was responsible....it was quite a big impact.  I kind of spent a few minutes contemplating.  See, I had been flirting with freeing myself from the prison of addiction since 1998 when my beloved Dad passed away at 77 years young from Lung cancer.  Yes, he smoked his whole life.  He was my very, very best friend.  I had tried different methods....but, mind you, I NEVER really intended to follow through.  So, at 7:00 AM on Sunday, October 17, 2004, I felt like God was telling me "OK, it's time.  You have had 41 years of "fun".  Now, it's time""  I got up and have NEVER TAKEN ANOTHER PUFF!  I have gone through many, many experiences.  Each day for 365 days after October 17, 2004, was a first. Each and every day was a day I had not experienced without nicotine since I was 12.   Please remember this and be gentle with yourself as you embark on your own journey to FREEDOM.  Now, I so, so cherish my FREEDOM.  I am so proud of myself.  And , I guess, judging from my stats below, I could completely renovate my kitchen!  Please remember, you will never, never be more proud than the day you declare your FREEDOM.  I LOVE mine


Katie - Free and Healing for Six Years, Two Months, Fourteen Days, 14 Hours and 7 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 196 Days and 18 Hours, by avoiding the use of 56665 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $9,342.98.