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  1. So as some of you may have known my mother and brother have been staying with us for the passed *almost* year. It wasn't just them, but their two dogs as well, to say that I had a packed house is a gigantic understatement. I didn't think of smoking once. Actually quite the opposite I despise that freaking addiction. The reason that my family had to come and stay with me is because my mother has COPD/emphysema and could no longer work and support herself (or my disabled brother). She fell on hard times waiting for disability to be approved and had to leave her house because she could no longer afford it. My husband, being the saint that he is, opened our home to them. For 10 months I saw how bad her breathing truly has become. She can't walk up three stairs without becoming winded. She quit smoking nearly 6 years ago when she was diagnosed and I wouldn't want to imagine where her respiratory system would be had she not quit. She moved out last Saturday into a one floor apartment that she can manage without much help. Soon after I moved my family out, my childhood best friend came to visit. She is a smoker... she is a heavy smoker. She was limited to smoking on my front porch and boy was she out there often. I was reminded how time consuming this crap addiction really is. We spent a lot of time outside of the car before we had to be somewhere, or after we were done with a sight seeing session, it was just ridiculous. She stunk... seriously you guys, she freaking stunk, even with the layer of after smoke perfume. Haha we thought that perfume covered the stank? Nope, it doesn't you just smell like smokey <insert your favorite scent here>. I wasn't tempted once. So newbies please know that the struggle ends. You are always an addict but saying NOPE becomes easier.
  2. Posted 02 June 2013 - 11:39 PM Hello Everyone! I'm new here and I've picked my quit date to be tomorrow. I've decided to jump the bullet and quit tomorrow. I've actually a job interview tomorrow and am excited to interview not smelling like a smoker. The real kicker will be the long drive into Boston, but I've got bags and bags of Twizzlers to keep me busy. I removed my ashtray and cleaned the windows and dash. I am really nervous though. My patches are ready to go and I have been taking Zyban. Would it be better to put the patch on at night or straight away in the morning? A little bit about me - I'm nearly 38 and been smoking since mid-teens, much too long. I keep trying to cut back, but every time I do I end up smoking more. I suffer from chronic and acute sinusitis as well as exercise induced asthma. Recently I was diagnosed with the beginning stage of COPD. About six weeks ago, I had a Septoplasty, Turbinate reduction, Concha Bullosa resection and sinus surgery Ethmoid & Maxillary. I thought I would quit after the surgery, but I was in a lot of pain and the cigarettes helped me through it, or so I thought. I have been on antibiotics for most of the time since the surgery, due to a staph infection and yep another nasty sinus infection. They say that smokers are more susceptible to sinus infections. I hope quitting will help the sinus infections. Thanks for listening! Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:10 PM Thanks for the support. I am seriously doubting quitting today, tomorrow would have been better. Is shaking normal? Will it pass quickly? I feel this strange nervous energy as well. I'm afraid to take any decongestants like this. Instead of having my coffee in the basement, I took my coffee up to my bedroom instead. I was actually ok for the first hour or so and then when I was in the shower, the shaking started. Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:18 PM Well, I made it this far into the day. Longest I've gone without smoking, 18 hours now. Still shaky/jittery and a new symptom nausea. What is motivating me at this very moment is the fact that I don't want to relive this day ever!

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