3 Months Smoke Free

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-12-26 15:05:35 -0600
Started 2014-11-16 16:27:45 -0600

I quit smoking on August 22nd. My vocal cords are precancerous and my ENT said that I HAD to quit because I am one step away from cancer. All the signs are there for cancer to happen. I know the damage has already been done but hopefully I quit in time. I already have COPD. I do think its awesome to have not smoked in 2 months after 30 years of being a smoker. Some say I have reached the turning point but I could smoke one as long as my arm. I don't think you ever are cured. If I light even one I know that will be a back step for me.

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Kats49 2014-12-26 15:05:35 -0600 Report

Keep it up!! Hardest thing to do but oh the benefits down the road. Wash your drapes and get your furniture cleaned. You'll start to notice the old tobacco smell in them after you have quit. I couldn't afford to do all my drapes at once so each month I took down a set and into the dry cleaners they went. WE ended up repainting our closets…the tobacco smoke gets EVERYWHERE.. SO proud of you Bre!!

NewSong53 2014-11-18 05:07:45 -0600 Report

One other thing . . . you're gonna love all the money you can spend on other things and the fact that your clothes, hair and house don't smell! Many employers won't hire a smoker.

NewSong53 2014-11-18 05:05:19 -0600 Report

I am so happy for you! I have a younger sister who needs to quit smoking and I'd give anything if she'd do what you've done (don't want to lose her). Once I was a chain smoker — tried to quit several times — and I finally reached the point that I knew I would have a heart attack if I didn't quit (it was just a gut feeling). Anyway, the thing that got me over the first hump was nicotene patches and chewing gum. If I was around another smoker, the smell of smoke was irresistable and I often bummed a cigarette which created a desire to smoke again. I learned that I have to stay away from other smokers as much as possible. Whenever I'm around my sister I just tell myself what a disgusting habit it is to counteract the cravings. Stay strong — it's so worth it!

TRDAY 2014-11-17 17:45:55 -0600 Report

So happy for you ! It is an awesome accomplishment , can you give any tips ? I have tried so many times just can't seem to follow thru . Again Congratulations be proud of yourself !

jayabee52 2014-11-17 00:51:20 -0600 Report

FANTASTIC, Bre that you are 3 months smoke free.

Please continue the great work. As you get longer and longer smoke free I understand the urge to light up is diminshed but never is completely gone.

I pray you never light up again!


vensa 2014-11-16 23:39:52 -0600 Report

I quit smoking 7 years ago after being a smoker for almost 10 years. It's good that I quit. Happy that you're quitting. You will feel refreshed and notice the changes it'll make to quality of life. Wishing you all the very best!

lilleyheidi 2014-11-16 23:36:31 -0600 Report

Congratulations on 3 months smoke free !!!! That is a wonderful accomplishment. My Dad was smoke free for years but after dinner he always reached for a cig in his shirt pocket, even though they were not there, it was just habit. A very old ingrained habit that is hard to break, but your doing it one day at a time. Keep up the hard work. YOU CAN DO IT !!!! if you ever want to talk, just message me. Heidi

Beanz1927 2014-11-16 16:42:48 -0600 Report

What where your symptoms of cancer?

BreC 2014-11-16 17:01:03 -0600 Report

Well, actually I had gone to the ENT for a different reason. He ran a light through my right nostril and discovered the damage. My vocal cords already have a few lesions and have the tell-tell white coating. He said in August that we would check again in 4 months and that would be in December. Got my hopes that it shows better then.