Six years ago. I spent a majority of the holidays in the hospital with random breathing problems. I was 100lbs overweight, I was severely diabetic with a host of health issues. I smoked three packs of Newports a day.
On December 30th I found a message board, I read through the posts of a member. I read his posts from the beginning when he started and I discovered at the end, the day before I found the board, he died.
I made my decision. I set my date, “New Year, new me”, I ran out early and decided to not take the 5 minute drive to the store. I started early. I made my first post and I leaned hard on the members because I needed them to help me. I knew that the ones who were ahead of me knew what I was going through and they helped me conquer my craves and make it through day 1, day 3, week 1, month 1, month 6, year 1... etc.
I made lifelong friendships out of strangers. I met the cheater stick ((Bakon)). I lost 100 lbs, I started running, I went back to school, I was accepted into nursing school this semester. These people helped to save my life. I owe them everything.
If you are trying to make the decision on whether or not to do this, do it, it is worth it. It is not easy, it will test you, but the support that you receive here at QT with help you pass those tests.
Happy New Year Quitters. I am proud of all that you have accomplished and of all of the people that are here changing their lives. I quietly pop in from time to time to see how you all are.