My name is Tom and I am, as everyone at Freedom is, a nicotine addict. After smoking for 30 years, I finally got up the wherewithal to try another quit. I had quit once before for about 1.5 years back in 1989, however, not knowing the power of the addiction, I succumbed to addiction trying to be an "occasional smoker".
This latest quit on January 3, 2005 was, in my mind, a token attempt to pacify my wife and kids who were hounding me to quit. I really had no intention of this being anything like a final and permanent quit. Fortunately, I was wrong.
While struggling through craves at work, I stumbled upon whyquit.com and the Freedom message board. The information contained there is what turned my half-hearted quit attempt into the real deal. The educational information and support available was like a lifeline that I clang to and permitted me to hold on and actually DO IT! I am eternally grateful for all the valuable info you and the Freedom members have made available to struggling quitters worldwide.
With that done, I will continue with the actual purpose of this message. I was rejected in my application for membership at Freedom after I applied about 3 or 4 weeks into my quit. I believe the reason was that my quit was too advanced. Whatever. Be that as it may, I still visited the Freedom boards daily without fail and just reading the experiences and anecdotes from other members was sufficient to buoy my quit and allow me to stay nicotine free. I wouldn't doubt that there are at least 10 lurkers for every member at Freedom. I still visit almost every day not because I need to but because I want to.
Anyway, since I cannot thank these people via the board, perhaps you could pass on some thanks to these members for me. Special thanks go out to the following members for their various contributions that I have found invaluable; OBob, Hillbilly, Toast, John, Marty, kattatonic, Parker, Gormo, and most of all you Joel!
Long Island, NY