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I Get To
Quit 259 days ago
Seven months and a few days quit. And yes, I am proud of myself.  Not so proud that I feel I can stare down the monster of addiction at will, but proud enough to recognize that I will always have to be aware of the extent of its reach.  It is not going to give up easily but neither will I.  I have read several comments this morning about quitters who have relapsed and to be honest, it is very much a case of "There but for the grace of God go I".  It could be any one of us - a week one quitter, seven month quitter or a 10 year quitter.  The addiction monster is there waiting.  To those who have relapsed, you can learn from this and be as strong or stronger on your next quit. Be kind to yourself.  To those who are still on their quit journey, best of luck and keep taking care of yourself.
Last reply: June 3 @ 7:34 am
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,588 days ago
    June 1 @ 1:43 pm
    Wow I Get To, 7 months + and you’re still motivated and determined, two wonderful qualities that will get you through your quit.  As you said the nicodemon will always try and undermine it but you are in control. Congratulations on 217 days and continued success. Hugs, Lucille. 👏🙋‍♀️👍🚭😷
  • QuitCoach Genevieve
    Quit 2,251 days ago
    June 1 @ 5:37 pm
    Glad that you recognize that it is an ongoing battle. Some day are harder than others, especially during these difficult times. Staying honest and on track is a great way to be. It's amazing that you can be proud of yourself and know how far you have come. Keep it up, you're doing great :)
  • GregD
    Quit 257 days ago
    June 1 @ 8:48 pm
    Absolutely I Get To, it could be any one of us at any time that gets tested. For me, I keep the  reasons why I quit close to my heart, I don't have to try and remember what I did with them, when I had them last, who I was with. They are right here with me always and like a new born baby, I will defend and protect my quit until just before the end, when I just may have one for the road. My choice.
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    Haniel
    Quit 84 days ago
    June 2 @ 9:45 am
    Thanks for sharing, and I really resonate with what you refer to as the "monster of addiction".. i learned that 'addiction' in a broad sense, is what makes the human species unique and develop progression and intellect. In context of 'repeating patterns', and obsessing about fulfilling a need, addiction has served humanity in tremendous ways.. Not all addictions are created equal. Even if somebody is happily addicted to smoking, then, go to town. But we all here know that this is utter BS. Because it is a destructive addiction. Currently I am steering all my new found energy and concentration into learning music, which is my new addiction. All I am offering is a perspective, that the monster can be tamed and transformed into a super powerful fire dragon, at your service.  I am inspired by your journey and grateful to be part of this community 
  • QuitCoach Linda
    Quit 5,644 days ago
    June 2 @ 4:34 pm
    I Get To, congratulations on your success! You have put 218 days smoke-free behind you - that's wonderful! It's a huge achievement! Keep up the awesome work. With your positive mindset and determination, you have what it takes to get through the hard times and conquer this nicotine addiction. As you said, it won't be easy and the "addiction monster" is there waiting, but you are in control and you have come  along way. Keep going strong and keep celebrating every milestone. You are doing fantastic!
  • Shannon C
    Quit 280 days ago
    June 2 @ 10:16 pm
    IGT  you should be do very proud of yourself. Its a major accomplishment to make it that far....feels great doesnt it? Life changes a great deal when you dont need to 'dodge' things that would have made you slip in the past. Keep up the great work, and be very proud of yourself.
    Hugs Shannon
  • DianneE
    Quit 643 days ago
    June 3 @ 7:34 am
    Way to go I Get To!  And you are so right, we ex-smokers will never be out of the woods and will have to be diligent all our lives to protect our quit.  I've known many that have started back up after years of quitting.  Congrats on 219 days!