Hi everyone! I have been smoke free for 10 days now - cold turkey. I have never really attempted to quit, always have been very, very afraid to consider it a reality, but have been doing pretty well these pst couple of weeks. I had smoked for more than 15 years, one pack a day. I had a second case of bronchitis in 6 months...it was really a tough case...and I began to wonder what it would be like if it was actually lung cancer. How terrible that would be....so I quit. I was tired of wanting, or knowing that I should quit, day after day, month after month...and after obviously triggering my bronchitis, I began to feel very stupid and negligent. Yes, it can be very difficult at times...VERY difficult. About 5 days in I thought I was going to jump out of my skin...but it's over..the urges pass. It is sheer willpower - mind over matter is what it comes down to - everything is a choice in life. It is difficult to quit but how difficult would it be to tell my family and my fiance that I'm dying of a terminal illness? I am getting married in August and all the planning and all the ideas and conversation about life and our future...I almost felt like a hypocrit. There is just no reason for smoking in my life- there is no reason in anyone's life. I may make it sound easier than it is...believe me that I feel withdrawals - some very powerful, that is why I'm writing - to make a connection with people like myself...I find this website soooo helpful and hope that each of you continue strong and well on your journeys. One thing I did want to ask folks is about coughing. Granted, I did have bronchitis before quitting and have been smoke free for 10 days, but I can not stop coughing up and wonder how long this will last. The only other symptoms I have/had are extreme fatigue, carbon monoxide withdrawal symptoms, obviously tension and physical urges and dizziness. Any ideas would be great!
[B]My Quit Date: [/B] 3/20/2006
[B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 10
[B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 196
[B]Amount Saved:[/B] $52.5
[B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 20 [B]Mins:[/B] 9 [B]Seconds:[/B] 47
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