Joined: Jan 21, 2009
Last Visit: Apr 06, 2016
Occupation: Health Educator
Hobbies: Camping, reading, pets and swimming
Thank you for sharing your story with us. It sounds like you are doing great! You sound very determined. It has been quite a while since you posted last. How are you feeling today?
Ashley, Health Educator
The SSC Support Team
Joined: Apr 08, 2017
Last Visit: Apr 08, 2017
Country: United States
Occupation: Stay at home mom
Hobbies: Photography, Outdoors, Family
Smoke Free Days
Cigarettes Not Smoked
Days: 7 Hours: 2
Minutes: 52 Seconds: 21
Hello all. I was browsing some lingering symptoms of quitting smoking and came across this site.
I started stealing cigarettes from my mom at 9 years old. I wanted to be "cool" like my friends. Smoked my whole life and met and married my wonderful husband-also a smoker. We decided together to quit as we have quit several times and it never stuck. We both smoked a pack every day, and only spent $3.00 per pack. They are made locally and are super cheap.
My oldest daughter just turned 7 this year and I pictured her stealing smokes from me and I about lost it. I picked my 30th birthday as my quit day. Yay! Now turning 30 would be an exciting thing for me! I bought patches and my husband decided to just cut down and gradually quit. Besides the itching and burning rash that I got at the patch site, I was feeling great. Even gave my husband patches too. I decided two weeks later that I could just keep going down in patches and not have to drag it out for the 10 weeks on the box.
Started the next patch, 3 days of withdrawals. OMG I was so terrible! I just ripped the patch off and haven't looked back. I told my kids not to listen to a word Mommy said until the 3 days were over and all was well afterward. My husband, however, is still on the patches.
Cut to now, it still sucks! I still have bad cravings, and my skin is all broken out like I am a teenager again. I keep thinking that it will get better despite me changing pillow cases daily and showering twice per day. But I haven't smoked! Was even tested a few times by friends who still smoke. Didn't do it. And I found one in my husbands truck and just broke it and threw it away.
Sorry for the long post. Just thought I would put my story here!