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Sharing my blog post here too because I feel in a "new year, new start" sort of mentality that it may speak to even one person. 

 

I've umm'ed and ahh'ed about writing another blog entry, I don't like to be rushed I guess. I thought I was in  a new year and heading for my 4th year quit but on perusing the site, transpires I'm heading for my 5th lol. Smoking is an enigma to me now but those who knew my habit 2+ packs a day for years can't believe I have stayed quit *cough, this site* and new friends can't imagine me as a smoker! The latter is a compliment for sure.

 

However when I quit it was with two others. My Mum and my then boyfriend, now just one of my best friends. Both relapsed. Chris, my friend, smokes heavily again and has done for 4 years, no quit in sight. Sadly my Mum damaged herself too heavily and last May, 1 day before her 70th birthday, I stood at her bedside after the awful news she wouldn't make it - to talk her over to the other side. Our relationship had been fairly strained but I'm pleased we had marginally reconnected for a few months before she died of multiple organ failure - drinking and smoking were at the heart of it all, quite literally. I have the most awful memories and photographic evidence of me holding her hand and cuddling in as I was telling her to look for our loved ones...when we should have been preparing for her birthday. 

 

If you have children and are on the fence then please consider that it isn't just you who suffers. Get educated and be real. 

 

The quit itself is effortless now. I remember at times that I would have smoked here and smile that it means absolutely nothing, it simply a memory. My children are level 4 and 5 (red and green belt) at mixed martial arts where I used the money from quitting to put them in a club to train. I should really go to that gym I pay for more, oops, but I can still run faaarrrr better than I ever could as a smoker, even with the gaps in training haha. The quit bought me strength, joy and healthier finances....I have never looked back. I completely retrained myself with a new career and am happily teaching both Reiki healing and Tarot Cards that I trained in. 

 

My point is the quit bought me nothing but good and joy. Those who didn't commit have a painful story attached. 

 

Love to all. Marti. xx

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2 hours ago, Marti said:

My point is the quit bought me nothing but good and joy. Those who didn't commit have a painful story attached. 

 

 

It is so great to hear from you again, Marti.

Not only did you build yourself a fine, sturdy quit

but, you helped so many along the way.

I am one of those that benefited from your experiences and encouragement.

Thank you, baby, and have a splendid 2019.

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Thanks a lot for sharing this. Sorry to hear about the passing of your mum and your friend's relapse. 

 

I long so much for smoking being just a memory. I know that every day is part of the trip, but how I whish I could fast forward time and just be done with it!

 

Thanks again @Marti, this gives me hope. 

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