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Ex-Smoker Vanessa


This is a comment submitted by Vanessa from our post titled: What are the Common Quitting Smoking Side Effects

After 18 years of smoking a pack a day, I had my last cigarette on 12-29-10 @ 410pm. I made the decision to finally put an end to my smoking as I’m standing in the express checkout at Wal-Mart. Where, there, staring at me straight in the face was the nicotine gum.  Hmmm $8.00 for a box, or $6.00 for a pack of cigs. Hmmm $8.00 for a box that would at least get me started on the right track and last a minimum of 2 days, or $6 for one pack of cigs that last not even a day. And now, I’m proud to say that I’m into my 2nd day smoke free and nicotine free.  I did buy the $8.00 dollar box of nicotine gum, but haven’t used any of it. It sits in my purse, next to my wallet, as a reminder that I quit smoking. Yeah, I’m going thru withdrawals and feel like I’m climbing walls and so full of energy that I sit here and constantly tap on the floor or the desk with my feet and hands, and definitely didn’t sleep well last night, BUT, I’ll take the withdrawals over smoking any time. So 2 days down and the rest of my life ahead of me. I’m absolutely feeling good about it!!!!  Oh, did I mention to you too, how wonderful it is to smell again or even taste what food is suppose to taste like?!  Absolutely wonderful!!!

UPDATE: Submitted January 07, 2011

Hi everyone, I just wanted to give a quick update. I had quit back on 12-29-10 @ 4:10pm. It has been 8 full days, and I’m doing pretty well. I did not have a cigarette, or any nicotine of any kind. Totally quit cold turkey. There were plenty of times that I had tried to quit smoking over the years, but this time I did it. It’s now to the point that even the smell of cigarettes make me ill.  I’ve noticed that I feel a lot healthier just in the last 8 days. I can breathe better, I have more energy, and the one thing that really has hit home, is… That about 1 1/2 months ago, I started having numbness & tingling in my left arm down to my fingers. And when I would get stressed and angered, I would get chest pains. But now just in the last couple days, the numbness & tingling in my arm and fingers are slowly diminishing.

I still have an appoinment to have the doctor check it out. But it is too coincidental that it’s now going away since I quit smoking. Also, no chest pains, no stress or anger either. It has made me realize, that I might not have been far away from a heart attack at the age of 37 and it literally scares the hell out of me.  I told my husband today that I’m actually scared to go to the doc to see if my feeling is correct. But even if it is correct, I have at least started in the right direction.  So please do what you can to quit smoking, if you fail, try again. We all have quit so many times, but we all keep trying again and again to get it right.

Good luck to everyone, keep your head high & remember there are a lot of us out there in the same boat, working to kick this nasty habit. The support is out there.

Congratulations Vanessa, thank you for sharing your story.

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  1. You go girl! Congrats! You stared your demon in the face and conquered it! This sounds like your time to quit for good. I, like you have come to appreciate the benefits of being a non smoker-better breathing and sense of smell. Also-I was in denial about chest pains but quickly felt relief when I stopped smoking. It will be 3 years for me on March 2nd after 30+ years. I don’t miss that life at all and neither will you!

  2. Good for you Vanessa! I hope you kick the habit forever. Heck, you might even get laid more now.

    It’s always unfortunate though that it takes a medical scare to finally get someone to quit smoking. But like most addicts, one will “always” try to rationalize their behavior and live in denial about the long-term health risks of smoking.

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