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   Posted 12/21/2004 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Im sure alot of you gals have been through this and i wasnt planning on quitting smoking so soon after my dx but I found out that the kind of reconstruction I want, depends on whether or not i am a smoker. So, I quit today and I hate it. Just wanted to vent. Having a nicotine fit right now and will hopefully hold on...............Sherry

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   Posted 12/22/2004 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there. You can do it. Vent all you want, that helps. BUT DO NOT PICK UP A CIGARETTE. Maybe the doc could give you something to stop. There is a lot of help out there.

Hugs from an x-smoker,


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 we hoped for,

but while we are here we might as

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   Posted 12/22/2004 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
The hardest thing I have ever done was to quit smoking after 39+ years. I stopped after discovering smoking might cause tias and a blocked carotid. Just one angioplast is enough to set you straight.
I was a half-hearted quitter in the beginning. I kept a brand new pack in my purse "just in case I couldn't make it". I finally became serious several days later when I opened the pack, broke every one of them, and trashed them.
Around 7-8 days later, I could have killed anything that moved. MK suggested that I try nicotine gum and that's what saved me. I chewed so much of it that the inside of my mouth hurt from the nicotine. I used it longer than they say and when I left it, I went to regular chewing gum.
That was 3 years, 8 months, and 4 days ago. I almost beat my son (42) when I came out of my room last night and found him smoking a cigarette. We'll be having a discussion about that this evening.
HANG  IN  THERE !!!!!   You CAN do it.
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".

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   Posted 12/22/2004 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Take it from me, Jo-Ann is the champ when it comes to quitting smoking!!! She smoked like a chimney and coughed so hard it hurt me every time she was around. I was so happy when she gave up those cancer sticks. I smoked but not really lots, until my diagnosis and then said to myself. Cigarettes are known to cause cancer, I already have cancer, so I do not need any more help to get more. That was eight years ago plus, I have not counted the days but I had surgery Oct. 23 and today is the 22 of December, so I guess I am short by one day of two months. Make up your mind you have to do it and then stick with it. If it gets rough, chew some gum or ask the dr for the patch or anything to keep you from breaking your resolution. Hugs and prayers you will not have too rough a time of it, MK

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   Posted 12/22/2004 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, Sherry, just take it an hour at a time. I've never been a smoker, but both parents were. My mother quit many, many years ago. DH never gave it up before he died. Just keep thinking that you are a strong person, and you CAN do this. Hugs, Lauri
"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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   Posted 12/22/2004 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
SHerry- You can do it!! be sure to get what you need to help you (patch, gum etc.) ! And Jo-Ann.. WOW WHat a story!! awesome.
"It's been worth everything I've been through,
 To do what I do"

                       To Do What I Do   -Alan Jackson, 2004

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   Posted 12/23/2004 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a former smoker, too.  I relate.  I did it cold turkey, but had to convince myself that I had asthma and was having trouble breathing.  It was really chronic bronchitis, but the psych job worked.  Later on, I went on Welbutrin for some depression, and Lo and Behold, the craving dissipated!!!!!.  It's marketed under another name for smoking cessation!  Talk to your doc and see.  It may do for you what it did for me.  NO MORE CRAVINGS!!!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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