I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad . My dad quit smoking too actually in my senior high school year . He passed of emphysema and HF .
I would like to congratulate you for quitting . Your dad will be happy for you. Draw upon his strength . You can do this . You are not walking alone. You have found this great site to walk with you too . The support and info here will help you so much . Lots of things to do here as well to help you get through the rough times ..
Yes it gets much easier . All you need to look after is today ok . Dont worry about tomorrow or what yesterday was .. just keep quit for today .
There is always someone here .. so yes please post any time . I posted tons in the beginning to help me through . I cried buckets . How in the heck can one cry so much ? Well , I think they are called healing tears and I had a lot of healing to do . I like you smoked all the time and especially smoked to stuff down emotions .
I too have struggled with many health issues and that's why I quit smoking . I was also so very sick . I decided I had no choice but to take smoking off the table...
Just after I quit , I got my diagnosis but I had no choice left that's how bad my health was . I couldn't find another excuse to smoke .... every breath I took was effort . I wish I had quit at 23 because once I got a taste of how good it was to be smoke free I wished I had quit years before. I love being smoke free . I am very proud of you because have made such a great decision early in your life and I'm excited for you because being smoke free is going to give you opportunity and open doors .
You can do this . You really can .
I hope the drs will soon get to your diagnosis . I know that is frustrating and difficult but hang in there .
The best thing you can do is quit smoking .
Don't smoke ok , because every time you do it wakes up those cravings . You have to starve cravings if you don't feed them they learn to go away . Be patient with yourself . Even though you don't feel great about it you are doing great . Your confidence will grow . Hang in there.
Just some ideas for you
Distract , delay , share your feelings , drink lots of fluids , cinnamon helps with cravings as do oranges . Write or journal if that helps .and congratulate yourself often .
Lots of times instead of it actually being a crave for a cig ask yourself if you are hungry angry , lonely or tired because maybe just a nap will help , or an orange , or phoning a friend or coming here may be just what you need to get through .
Read read read as was already mentioned .
You can do this .