Chances are, You Can (Quit Smoking)

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At just three months smoke-free, the release from addiction has begun to take hold in Anna's life. 

Congratulations Anna.  The benefits of smoking cessation are just beginning.

From Anna:

"It's not about getting a chance, it's about taking a chance. You'll rarely be 100% sure it will work. But you can always be 100% sure that doing nothing will not work. Sometimes you just have to go for it!"

I failed so many times because I was afraid, afraid of the pain of quitting, afraid of the guilt and shame of smoking again.

All the empty promises, needing to blame something or someone because I smoked, needing assurance that this time I would be successful...and not wanting to try anymore because I knew it was useless.

Then, three months ago...I went for it again. There was a slim chance that this time I might actually be able to quit, although there wasn't anything different about this attempt except that I had outpatient surgery the next day. I figured I was likely to stay quit for at least one whole day this time.

If anything, my self-esteem was worse because of all the failed quits over the years, and knowing I had some form of COPD while continuing to smoke.  I was about 5% confident that I would be able to stop smoking. On my first day I found this forum and today I celebrate three months smoke-free.

If I could tell someone who is just starting on this journey what this has meant to me there is no way I could put into words.

What I can say is, take the chance. This has been without a doubt the best...and I mean THE BEST thing I have ever done for myself. I did not think it was possible to love life without smoking after 37 years of nicotine addiction.

I especially did not think that after only three months I would have the kind of resolve that allows me to say I never want to look back.

I still crave cigarettes a little and there are moments that I pause and wonder what I should be doing right now only to realize that it used to be a smoking moment. These are fleeting though, easily let go and easy to move on from.

As I write this, it is 11:45 in the morning.  Already today I have walked two miles, put out the trash cans, mowed my quarter acre yard, done two loads of laundry, relaxed on the deck with my coffee and my cat, looked up healthy recipes, made my grocery list, vacuumed, and dusted.

I had a full 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep last night with no coughing or waking up because I couldn't breathe. I have been running around all weekend doing things...there is NO WAY I could have ever done all of this while smoking. It would have taken me three days to have enough motivation or strength. I LOVE MY LIFE!!

Three months ago I was miserable, unhappy, sick and hopeless. Today my heart is overflowing with gratitude because I am smoke-free. I am so full of energy, happiness and hope for my life!

I will protect and own my quit forever, because I am NEVER going back to the way I felt three months ago.

This has also been the hardest thing I have ever done and I have quit other addictions. I attribute all of it to the love and support of this forum. There is magic here. Thank you all for giving me my life back.

With love,


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