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  • Birthday October 24

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    Music Singing , Playing Guitar , Writing , Art and Dance .
    Hockey fan , football fan , sports fan . My t.v choices music , sports and documentaries .
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    June 30 2011

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  1. Am I surprised ? Not really . Smoking has a grip on especially the elderly and the youth We are responsible for our own Quits . In the country I live most places are banned from smoking although they are talking about bringing cigar lounges back . I am at that age where l have been looking at that next stage in life . I've also been looking for others who I know are also reaching that time as well . One is still a smoker who has parkinsons . I'm sure they think smoking is helping their illness but in fact is it doing quite the opposite ? I found they seem much more calm and less shaky when they have my pet beside them . Pets are gifts to the sick it seems . Anyway as I mentioned I've been looking while I'm still able to at what and where my next stage of life will be .mI was quite surprised to see some old folks homes still allow indoor smoking . It rather shocked me honestly . Why is smoking allowed ? I thought most places now banned smoking . Does end of life make a difference . The one particular place I just loved , it felt like home it was new , clean , neat , simple , friendly , ample parking , medical amenities , hair and foot care , green house , excersise rooms , theatre , music rooms , craft rooms and all the amenities within that worked well for me, even a bus to take you to events outside of the city . I thought perfect , then I read they have a smoking room and then I read they also have an out door smoking enclosure and sadness washed over me . Now I had to look at pros and cons in a different way . Will smoking there bother me , affect my quit . Will the fact there is smoking there be addictions way back into my life . Is my quit strong enough at ten years . Will I now be comfortable there . Smoking allowed there never changed my mind however about the wonderful people that seemed to be there but is smoking something I want to be around ? Yes No? The answer is flat out no . Fire is my concern as well . My sil is a fireman and the stories of apartment fires set by improperly disposed of cigarettes is frightening . I thought of my friend . What an opportunity for them as a smoker but then I thought of them and I want them around for a lot longer . Will quitting change the diagnosis they have , no it won't but it will make them proud they quit and healthier no matter what and it will help the family not worry that this elderly person may fall asleep with a cigarette in hand . I remember as a smoker how I smoked even more when others ( non smokers ) and family pressured or suggested I quit smoking ... I would immediatly reach for a cigarette . If we are going to quit for good I know I had to make the decision . I am wondering and making some inquiries if smoking cessation classes are taken to these places would it spark interest for these elderly people to quit together ? Hmmm .. As I said I can't just not move on . It is my desire and passion to help others who think they can't quit find their strength . I'd love to hear your responses . Is smoking allowed in seniors homes where you live ? P.S. In the past as a smoker I would have snapped up that place instantly . Not cared about my kids or anyone else . Smoking is a very selfish addiction .
  2. Have a good day everyone . Great day planned , and smoking is not part of the plan . Dismiss it , keep it , Entertain it , trouble .
  3. Yesterday Carmela heard Prince remarried . Bpcwi
  4. Update imnotw Our numbers are increasing slowly , but increasing . More things are opening in regard to travel . They say they don't think we are in for a fourth wave . I'm hoping not too . We now have nursing shortages and bed closures . It continues to be a mixed bag of some people wearing masks , others not . People do ask if you are vaccinated , some will only associate with those that are . We must remember vaccinated or not , any of us could be carriers , and any one of us could still get it but those vaccinated just may not get as sick . The stats here are looking good for those who are double dose vaccinated . I am thinking of those in other countries who are still having huge struggles . Lockdowns are no fun but if they are necessary to beat this monster then we can do it ! I was not a stranger to wearing masks before covid or staying home before covid when people were sick but eventually it got to me too . A few weeks break has helped and of course the hair cut . Kris my dear grandma used to have quite a grocery store in her basement . Her and grandpa always had enough food stored for an extra months emergency . Stay safe everyone .,
  5. @Katgirlletters please . Would like to continue the game . Thanks
  6. @BKP thanks for your response . Wonderfully put . I do want to clarify my quit is not at risk , it's solid , ten years solid . I have to be vigelent tho because of a lesson I learned the hard way . Here at the least we have two people who have given away long term quits because addiction found an open door . I know two 14 year quitters who gave away theirs. How often an occurrence this is , I don't know . More research lol but I've always said I will be open about quitting and my experience so there are no surprises . I also know one lady who got addicted to the internet when she quit smoking . This may worry newbies or it may be helpful with all of you members sharing in this discussion . It opens the door I hope for them to research as well reputable addiction sites for more info and is a distraction while they get over a rough spot or crave . I'm hoping . Quitting was scary for most of us at first as well . We all have different thoughts and experiences I've noticed so what won't help one may help another . Do I have to think about smoking every day ? No . Do I have to work at this every day No . Just my writing ability lol . Not even every year do I get a circumstance that I may think of smoking but I gave away an eight year quit when I thought my quit was solid . I learned from that lesson to appreciate the peace I have but you never know addictions cunning ways. I only think of smoking everyday because I've journaled my experience quitting almost every day in that ten years and I also chose to stay on a quit site to help others while maintaining mine . My brother never thought about smoking after he quit , no support groups , nothing , put them down never talked about them again and moved on . To me it's I think it's quite a rarity in thirty years not to think once of smoking but perhaps not . His and my lifestyles are very very different . His stress level is very different from mine . He is male , I am female , are Quits different for makes and females or higher stress levels hmmmm more research , awareness and education . Thanks BKP for your addition to this post. I'm glad you added that , because after I posted I thought down the road in this post I have to be sure folks don't think there is never an end to smoking . Therecis , and it doesn't take long . I wouldn't trade this peace and freedom for the world . I am in however more stress now than I've ever been in my lifetime and you bet addiction took its chance .... for a second ! Lesson learned ... I don't have to listen past that second and it's become as natural as a flick of the bic lighter to turn it off . It's not a command . I can cope , newcomers can cope . We can all cope without them . Smoking may be an option , it may be an addiction but its a choice we can all have to smoke or take it off the table .
  7. Yes I know Jillar thank you . Perhaps he has a video on this , well I'm sure he likely does. Thanks for pointing it out . Great resource as well .

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