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Juliawill2018
Quit 25 days ago
Hi I have had a really hard time this last week with cravings and also some sneaking cigarettes the reason I have had to hide is the embarrassment of it I have come so far in trying to get healthy since being diagnosed with copd stage 2, but something keeps drawing me to them and then I get so upset because of how easy it is to progress in copd anyways im glad I have this forum to turn to right now and would love to hear of some ways to make sure I don't again thanks 
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,259 days ago
    August 13 @ 3:50 pm
    Juliawill,  for cravings take deep breaths, count to five and exhale and repeat to yourself NOPE, (Not One Puff Ever) until the craving passes.  Welcome to the forum.  Please read the prior posts from quitters to get an idea on how to proceed with your quit.  Try to cut down on the amount you smoke in the 19 days prior to your quit day and get in touch with the quit coaches at 1-877-455-2233 for help and support.  The call and service is free and you'll gain wonderful insight on how to quit.  Hugs and all the best,  Lucille.
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    PWC@langford
    Quit 10 days ago
    August 13 @ 4:32 pm
    I also have COPD which is a drag but self inflicted. Try to tell yourself NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!!!! Review the reasons you want to quit. I assume you have written them down. We are in this together. Don't feel guilty for slipping as you are dealing with nicotine and that is the nature of the beast....Hang in the....Paul
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 932 days ago
    August 13 @ 8:37 pm
    Congratulations for embarking on this quit journey Julia! You are the same as all of us because we are nicotine addicts. That's why it's so challenging to quit. As addicts our own minds will try to convince us to light up again. That's our junkie brain at work trying to keep us feeding our addiction. Read all you can about nicotine addiction Julia. Knowledge is power and YOU have all the power here; not your addiction. A cigarette can't light itself. You have all the power to stop the madness. Hold those reasons you want to quit close to your heart as you move forward. Draw on them when challenged by your junkie thinking next time. You have a powerful reason to NEVER smoke again. Know that it's possible for you as if has been for many. Commitment Julia - commitment and follow through. Quitting has never killed anyone as far as I know while smoking has killed millions. Take back your life Julia. You CAN do it!
  • QuitCoach Melissa
    August 14 @ 6:13 am
    You're on the right track by exploring your triggers and what is drawing you to smoke.  Getting to the root of it helps to plan other ways of coping.  There are many emotions that come along with quitting and being diagnosed with COPD, you're doing an amazing thing for your health and quality of life by quitting now.  Great job using the forums for support.  As time goes on, it will get better, and turning to other supports will get you through those tough moments.  Congratulations on your quit! 
  • DianneE
    Quit 314 days ago
    August 14 @ 7:07 am
    Hi Julia,
    Way to go on almost 3 weeks.  Use the 5 D's for when cravings hit, deep breaths. drink water, discuss, delay and distract.  Also, make a list of the reasons why you are quitting and look at it when you get a craving.  I found it very motivating to look up the nicotine addiction and how harmful smoking really is.  Using my  anger against the tobacco companies helped me to not light up again.  Hope this helps.  Welcome and good luck!