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  1. As many of you know I was officially diagnosed with severe emphysema and COPD after I had respiratory failure in January of 2020. Most of you also know that for years I was struggling with breathing issues that I was told was asthma. In the two years leading up to my respiratory failure I went from 110 pounds on a 5'5" frame to just 79 when I was admitted into the ICU. My prognosis at that time was pretty grim, get better or go home on hospice. But either way I was also going home on oxygen. Since then I have put most of the weight back on and continue to feel myself get stronger each day. So then what's the point of this post you may be asking and its this.... I found a great group for people with COPD on Facebook which is ironic because I never used Facebook pre pandemic but the group is awesome. So many people that can relate and answer the many questions those of us newly diagnosed have. Much like our community does. Here's the sad part, I read post after post from members of that group still smoking. Some are on oxygen and still smoke! I of course pass our site on to them and I hope they find their way here. Its just really sad to see. There's even a few who's Drs have refused certain procedures because they're smoking. Life saving procedures too I might add. COPD is a progressive disease with no known cure. It can be slowed with proper medications and quitting smoking. Sadly we can have it for years and not even know it until we get an exacerbation. Mine was thought to be asthma. My day consists of trying to keep my 50' oxygen tubing out of the walkways and from getting caught in the doors. I'm embarrassed to go anywhere because people will be whispering things like "that's what happens when you smoke" etc. My poor dog and cat also have to dodge it while I'm walking down the hall to feed them. Its no way to live. I'm not looking for any sympathy I just want to put a brutal face to this terrible addiction in the hopes it helps someone quit or keep their quit.....
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  2. G’day NOPE .......and a pinch and a punch for the first of the month
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  3. hello all! since I quit over eight years ago, a lot has happened in my life. I’ve gotten divorced, I’ve endured my son‘s not talking to me for a few years which now we have re-connected, I bought a new house, I dealt with some health issues which are now resolved hopefully for good. I’ve had some issues dealing with relationships and ups and downs in life, financial struggles....and then Covid hit and since then my life has really been turned upside down and tested my strength as many of us have. But in all of this ....not one puff ever!! no matter what that is all. miss you guys !! stay vigilant!! Babs xoxoxo
    14 points
  4. Four years ago I decided I'd had enough. I decided that I wasn't going to go out the same way my Old Man did at the age of 56 with lung cancer. That was it. It was my decision and my commitment. Once I'd made that decision, it was a done deal. I knew I would never smoke again, and I haven't. It wasn't easy at first, but it's easy now. I rarely even think about smoking anymore and when I do, it's such a far away memory it doesn't even seem real. It also terrifies me to think about what I would feel like if I'd kept smoking. The toll those 30,000+ cigarettes I would have smoked would have had on my body. To be honest, I sometimes wonder if I'd still be alive if I hadn't quit. I loved cigarettes as much as anyone else and if I was able to quit, you can too. If you're struggling, toughen up and stick with it. I promise it will be worth it! NOPE!
    14 points
  5. I had to go in for prostate surgery last Thursday and was discharged over the weekend. It was nice when they asked if I quit smoking and I could answer a confident yes! It will be a couple of weeks til I feel normal. Except for a couple of "smoking dreams" during the last week, I still have no desire or cravings. Thank goodness.
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  6. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min Hour Day as required!)
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  7. Thank you everyone. I made it through today. I was feeling uneasy earlier, but it passed. I am glad you're all here for me.
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  8. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min,Hour, Day as required)
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  9. Talked for a little while with a guy who started out as a professional acquaintance but has become a friend. He is a mechanic and shop owner. We send any company trucks that need repaired to him. He's a good mechanic and a great guy. He's also a smoker, a heavy smoker. Every time he would take a drag off of his cigarette, he would cough and clear his throat. Then he had a terrible coughing fit that went on for a while. He was out of breath. His face turned red. His eyes watered-up from coughing so hard. I have noticed a change in his demeanor lately. He seems tired all the time. He doesn't laugh as much as he used to and when he does laugh it sets off a coughing spell. The cigarettes are beginning to take a toll on him. He has asked me about quitting before and I was more than happy to tell him about my experience. Unfortunately, it never really took with him. His "quits" would start in the morning and be over before noon. It's a damn shame. He could quit right now, but I seriously doubt he ever will. He is beginning to feel the heavy burden of smoking and that load only gets heavier going forward. I quit four years-ago. Smoking is a distant memory and I am a bit complacent about my quit most days. However, today was a reminder of how grateful I am to have quit smoking.
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  11. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min Hour Day as required!)
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  12. NOPE Least We Forget...... Cause we all remember when we heard on that fatefull day.
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  13. Goodmornin' you mob and welcome to another wonderful day of freedom. Down Under it's "R U OK? Day".... how do we celebrate this day...it's simple really...ask someone if they are OK and be prepared to listen. You never know, asking someone if they are ok and giving them 5 mins (or more) of your day might be the thing t h at changes their life. Oh and remember chooks, its ok to say NOPE when someone asks you if you're ok...because you do matter and a trouble shared is a trouble halved. Am I ok? Yep......will I smoke...
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  14. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min Hour Day as required!)
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  16. Hello fellow quitters!
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  17. Yipper I am still around and still smoke free!!!!!
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  19. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min Hour Day as required!)
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