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About onthemark

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    Calgary, Alberta
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    July 14, 2015

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  1. um, well, he's hoping to pick up a million toxic cigarette butts.
  2. I used to also put cigarettes out on the ground and leave them. Did you know that cig butts contain plastic? https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2018/09/13/this-man-is-quest-pick-up-one-million-cigarette-butts/?utm_term=.6ad2a093e204
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    1 August - World Lung Cancer Day

    I have been diagnosed and treated for lung cancer after I quit smoking and haven't died a horrible death yet (knock on wood). I asked for a chest xray as part of a physical after I quit. I didn't have any symptoms, not even a cough. I also know other people whose lung cancers were caught early by xrays. Get a yearly low dose screening ct scan if you can and if not then an xray is better than nothing. It is what caught my lung cancer at a potentially curable stage. That was almost 3 years ago and now I have graduated to yearly ct scans to check for recurrence or new disease. Of course as a lung cancer survivor I am at extra risk for any type of cancer now. I just wanted to say it is not an automatic death sentence if you are diagnosed early.
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    SOS -

    Keep NOPEing @Giveintowin. Good on you for posting an SOS. Every now and then I still get a ridiculous though about throwing in the towel but they are getting rarer and rarer. It's amazing how persistent the nicotine addiction is but many people break free and you are one of them!
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    onthemark is 3 Years Smoke Free

    Thank cbdave, my old friends from qsmb and new friends here at quittrain. I just got back my ct scans to check on my lung cancer and nothing has changed from the last scan, so i am moving on to yearly scans now. I've got some small nodules in my lungs but they were there from when my cancer was detected and haven't grown or changed. Lookslike my yearly ct scan will coincide almost to the day with my quit smoking anniversary. What a coincidence.
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    koder3 is 3 Years Smoke Free!

    Hey, Koder3, congrats to my quit smoking twin!
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    onthemark is 3 Years Smoke Free

    Oh, gee I almost forgot that it was Bastille Day and therefore another quit smoking anniversary for me. Thanks to everyone joining this quittrain celebration. I hardly ever think of smoking nowadays. It turned out to be a lot easier to quit than I had always imagined once I got into the right frame of mind and had support, including online support that was so important.
  8. Have you told you psychiatrist about these hallucinations? He or she may want to add an antipsychotic for now. Some of them like Zyprexa or even Seroquel also can help quite a bit with anxiety too. Quitting smoking can and should prompt a medication review for people with mental health conditions. So many people with mental illness smoke but quitting is doable and many people have succeeded with the right support.
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    I'm back

    This is the kind of self-talk I used to go through in my failed attempts, which are too numerous to count. It truly makes a difference to consistently change the language you use to talk about and think about your quit. Keep the quit (KTQ). Not one puff today (NOPT), Not one puff ever (NOPE). Or make it Not One Puff Ever Just for today if that works better for you. Go on the NOPE pledge thread every day. The only way out of the cigarette addiction is to go through all the uncomfortable symptoms. Just don't put a stick in your mouth and light it. There are many good phrases and mottos that make it easier rather than harder to quit smoking. Choose the ones that work for you. Trying to quit is not one of them.
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    Death Bed Promises

    Beazel, thanks for this post. You are keeping your promise now. I also quit smoking after many failed attempts and am so happy to be free of that horrid addiction that steals life and loved ones away.
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    Triggers, unexpected

    Congratulations on getting through the crave.
  12. Thanks for sharing Whispers. It's remarkable how many lies and untruths surround cigarette smoking.
  13. Thank you @Missdixie for sharing your story and your success. Beyond never take another puff, there isn't a right way or a wrong way to quit. Congratulations on making the Lido deck!
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    vape pen explosion kills man

    the quote was from a different site. maybe that was the source of confusion.
  15. After quitting in July 2015 I got a bunch of health checks to be sure I was ok. One of these was a chest xray in October that caught a nodule in my lung. Turned out to be invasive adenocarcinoma of the lung. They found another tiny nodule in the operation in January 2016 so I ended up getting a full 16 week course of chemotherapy too. I still haven't completely recovered from the chemo but I am happy to be alive at 55. I paid a big price for smoking but not so far the ultimate one.

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