I finally quit smoking! - page 2

I always told myself I would go back to college, and I would quit smoking, "one day, when I'm older"...well it took a bit longer than I expected but I finally did both! Returned to school in January... Read More

  1. by   Nibbles1
    I quit in December 2012 when I buried my dad. I took a puff off one in May 2013 and got so freaking sick. Never had a desire to ever pick up that habit again. If I can do it, you can too!
  2. by   HarleyGrandma
    Thanks everyone! I love reading about other peoples success with this, it is hard.

    I'm using the patch, just didn't want to do the 'cold turkey' thing. Although I have tried to quit before, I never really 'wanted' to quit, I was doing it for someone else. This time is for me.

    I want to live more than I want to smoke.
    I want to be a nurse more than I want to smoke.
    I want to be free from chemical shackles more than I want to smoke.

    We can do this together!
  3. by   HarleyGrandma
    Another week still smoke free!! :-)

    I can't believe I picked the hottest summer, while having hot flashes, and taking A & P II in a condensed summer session...LOL
  4. by   Ruas61
    Keep on target Harley! PM me if you need support!
  5. by   aeris99
    Way to go Harley! Tomorrow will be one week smoke free for me!

    I quit once before for 10 months but I didn't prepare myself for coping in crisis, so I lit up.
    Both that time and this I used Chantix and an online support group. It really helps to have somewhere to turn at 2am.

    Feel free to PM me! You can never have enough people in your corner for both nursing school stress and quitting.
  6. by   AJayG3310
    soooo, I'm back to this thread because I quit smoking 2 days ago. I kept thinking of all of you that stated that you had quit smoking...I was encouraged... my lungs were hurting, my energy was non-existent, and I was just overall unhealthy. Just wanted to come back and congratulate those who quit... this is tough. It's only been 2 days but this kind of thing takes one day at a time. This isn't the 1st time I've attempted to quit...but I'm hoping it's the last time I have to.
  7. by   HarleyGrandma
    I love having company, good job Aeris99 and AJayG3310!!

    We can do this together, it will make us better nurses too. We can be honest advocates for our patients, leading by example, and we won't stink like old smoke

    Hugs~
  8. by   AJayG3310
    Quote from HarleyGrandma
    I love having company, good job Aeris99 and AJayG3310!!

    We can do this together, it will make us better nurses too. We can be honest advocates for our patients, leading by example, and we won't stink like old smoke

    Hugs~
    So true! One of the things I disliked about smoking was the way it smelled during and after
    I hated how tired I was all.the.time. It's really tough but I want to be smoke free so bad. We can do this!!!! Thanks for the support HarlyGrandma!
  9. by   Blake321
    Congratulations!
  10. by   HarleyGrandma
    Still not smoking here - woohoo!!

    I made it through our annual bike weekend at Gettysburg, camping with 22 people (half are smokers - kinda proud of myself)

    I know some others were trying to quit also, how are y'all doing?

    We can do this, kick this addiction to the curb!
  11. by   Ruas61
    Good going Grandma!
  12. by   queserasera
    Congratulations!!!

    This is my next big hurdle. It's a huge one especially since so many hospitals are NOT hiring smokers around me.
  13. by   HarleyGrandma
    I'm still not smoking!! In May it will be one year, and I haven't even had one drag off of even one cig! I know I cannot ever smoke again, period. I've finished all my pre-reqs (with a 4.0) and I'm taking my TEAS next Friday. My application for Nursing School is submitted (just need to add my TEAS score) and the deadline is April 1st.

    Hopefully I'll be starting the RN program in August

    Quitting smoking has really given my a boost of confidence

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