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Old 03-04-2007, 05:10 PM   #239
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A lot of us know exctley what you went through. Good job fighting it off. It can be heck sometimes.

Don't drop your gaurd and you can keep doing it.

Well done.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:21 PM   #240
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I quit smoking of Jan. 22, 2007. I had quit once before (cold turkey) for about three years, but started back due to stress on the job. Nevertheless, this time around has not been difficult at all. My doctor started me on a new medication (Chantix) which is a nicotine receptor. I started on Chantix about a week before my "quit date," and then I combined the Chantix with the nicotine patch---staying on each level of the patch for 1 week (21 mg, 14 mg, and 7 mg). I continue to take Chantix (for a total of 2 months after the patch process), to help break the physical habits associated with smoking.

This medication and process, under the guidance of my Physiciam, has worked wonders for me. I have not experienced the usual withdrawal difficulties, and I'm sure this time I will never smoke again.

Congratulations to you, and hang in there.

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Old 03-04-2007, 05:53 PM   #241
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Way to go Ronnie G! Welcome to the forum and welcome to the rest of your life in the non-smoking "club." You'll find a lot of support here. What kind of Airstream are you looking for? New? Vintage? I've heard many good things said of David Tidmore's operation in Texas. I have no idea how far away you are from them, but from what I've heard, it's worth it to at least check them out. Good luck in your search for that perfect Airstream and in your quest to remain smoke free Ronnie!
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:53 PM   #242
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A comment from a Non-Smoker

I have my reasons for posting here even though I have never smoked in my 45 year life.

If you believe that smoking is your sole responsibility then think again. I am now taking care of my 75 year old Father suffering from lung/bone cancer and Emphysema both the result of his life long addiction to smoking. His legs are the size of a 5 year old arm, trouble taking breaths, no teeth, etc. There are alot more health issues but these are the worst. I am not saying all this for sympathy or to try to scare you from smoking - you have had those pounded at you for the last 25 years. The cause and affect of this terrible scourge are well documented. My only reason is to say how hard it is for a son to carry his Father from the house to a car and into a hospital in a wheel chair, then transfer him like a child to a CAT Scan bed to only see how far the cancer has progressed. At one time my Father was a mountain of a man - larger than life in his sons eyes, three tours in Viet Nam, retired Navy Master Chief, his men both feared and respected the chain smoking EQCM, I only wanted to be like him - except for the smoking. Now, in what has to be a period of my life that I never wanted to go through, it is I who have to make the decisions for a man who made all the right decisions for me in guiding me in my life, and it's not easy.

I guess what I am saying is, for those of you who have quit - keep it up, for those of you who have not - make the decision for your families sake, you may well live long enough to understand why.
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Old 03-05-2007, 07:26 PM   #243
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I apologize for hijacking your thread and have read some more of the posts. You all have been very supportive of one another and I went and posted my story, which now seems out of context for you thread. I had a rough week and find that sometimes I post to quickly - I wish all of you the best in your continued efforts to give up the habit. Good Luck, Mike.
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Old 03-05-2007, 07:32 PM   #244
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clancy boy: I'm a non smoker also, and have been following this thread. I find the mutual support offered very encouraging. I thought your post was very appropriate. Nothing at all to apologize for. Good luck. Ron
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Old 03-05-2007, 07:40 PM   #245
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Clancy Boy..

No need to apologize... This thread seems to be for purpose of sharing reasons and envouragement not to smoke, whether for those who recently quit or even those considering quitting (or married to someone considering quitting...) Sorry about your rough week, and for difficulties your dad is going through... Many of us have had or will have tough times, and sharing here is safe way to do a little venting...

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Old 03-05-2007, 08:14 PM   #246
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Clancyboy,

Honest, from the heart stories like yours can only highlight the problems and risks, which I don't view as a bad thing at all. Do I want to harp on it? No, for the reason you give - smokers have heard all of the bad. I think what you posted was very appropriate for the thread.
I'm just sorry that you are having to deal with this. Hang in there.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:32 PM   #247
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Apology?

Clancyboy, Sorry to hear about your Dad. It did remind me of the main reason I stopped smoking. Not the only reason but the main one. No apology needed.
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Thank You all for the support. We have another big day tomarrow, PET test and biopsy - about 6 hours in the outpatient side of the hospital.

When I posted last night it was just after I called one of my Dads friends to give him the news. The Doctor has passed on that soon the pain meds will completely change his life and I wanted them to talk about the old times while he could laugh and remember.

Ya'll keep on track with quitting - trust me on this - your families will be the first ones to let you know how important it is.

Thank You again, Mike
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2 Months Today

It's my anniversary ..2 months ago today on January 10th 2007 I butted out my last cigarette.So far so good.
How are the rest of you guys doing on your New Year's resolution to quit smoking?
If there are any smokers reading this that are serious about quitting,rest assured you will find support in this forum and on this thread.Go for it.Your family will thank you for it.
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Smooth sailing thus far. I made it thru a couple of "storms" recently and didn't wreck all of the hard work I've put into this. I am proud of myself and proud of all of YOU for your accomplishments in this struggle. Congratulations Mike on another milestone. Feels great doesn't it?
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Once again - Great going all of you!
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Old 03-10-2007, 04:21 PM   #252
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It's my anniversary ..2 months ago today on January 10th 2007 I butted out my last cigarette.So far so good.
How are the rest of you guys doing on your New Year's resolution to quit smoking?
If there are any smokers reading this that are serious about quitting,rest assured you will find support in this forum and on this thread.Go for it.Your family will thank you for it.
Happy anniversery!! Keep it up. We're pullin for you.
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