reply to post by Kangaruex4Ewe
Good for you, & for everyone else who has quit, or is currently fighting the "good fight"! Quitting smoking is one of those rare decisions in this
life where it's hard to see how it could be a wrong one.
I quit smoking after 42 years of puffing away, during which time my habit expanded to 2 packs per day when I wasn't paying attention. Now for the
best part: I quit back in the 1st week of October of 2006, & I haven't had anything to do with the nasty things since then. My way was to use the
patch, without which I probably wouldn't have made it, judging by the horrendous withdrawal I went through when attempting cold turkey.
Your resolve-bolstering tactic of telling people here about your quitting brought a smile to my face; I did something similar at work, telling anyone
who would listen that I was quitting, & was going to make it stick. There were a lot of people in my department, & the ribbing I would get if I
started smoking again would have been embarrassing to the max.
Also, like you, I had a health issue come up that was aggravated by my smoking. The circulation to my feet was becoming so poor that my ankles would
swell, my skin became discolored, & my feet would tingle & "burn" for much of the day. As the condition began to clear up & go away within a week of
my previous failed attempt to quit, I knew that it was directly related to me continuing to smoke.
This gave me my best motivational "tool", & I'd like to offer it to you, hoping you'll take it in the spirit in which I offer it: I knew that if I
continued to smoke at that point, I would be proving to myself that I was a complete idiot, who might well end up being too stupid to continue living.
Public opinion aside, I wasn't about to allow that
to happen! That one thought seems to have made the crucial difference for me, & it got me
through one of the hardest, if not the
hardest, things I've ever done.
In the following years, the only issue remaining with my feet is that if I sit for too long at the PC, I need to get up & walk around a bit to relieve
a slight tingling, as though my feet are about to "fall asleep". As this has never worsened, & as all the other problems went away soon after I
quit, it looks like I've been spared the possibility of having to have a gangrenous foot or 2 amputated.
You're doing a good thing for yourself, please stay with it. It will
get easier in time; the accomplishment, & the pride you'll gain from it,
is something that no one will ever be able to take away from you. Well, no one, that is, except for yourself... and you really don't want to do
now, do you?