I didn’t need to stop smoking to start quitting before my surgery. I reduced the number of cigarettes that I smoked and kept reducing until I was totally quit.
- One step at a time!
- Dress for success!
I don’t know how people do it cold turkey! I needed more than willpower to reduce and quit for my surgery. I wore the patch and chewed gum for 2 months before I went to hospital.
Just thinking about surgery was stressful. Learning ways to manage the stress was the most important part of quitting. Getting out for a walk and letting my family help around the house were two ways that worked for me.
- Family counts!
My family depends on me so I needed to get back on my feet as quickly as possible after surgery. It was more important for me to be healthy as I could be than to smoke. The added bonus was the money I saved by quitting.
- A recipe for recovery!
I wanted my incisions to heal quickly, so I contacted the Quit Line about the best ways to keep from smoking. They gave me some very useful tips for getting over my cravings after surgery.
- Clear the air!
Family gatherings used to include smoking. But since I decided to quit smoking for surgery, my family has worked together to make our home a smoke-free zone. This has helped me so much to stay quit.
- Woman to women!
My niece was my support buddy and believed I could quit before my surgery. She sent emails and cards to encourage me to keep at it and that helped a lot.