Friday, February 13, 2015

~ Better Late Than Never ~

If you are discouraged to come to the Freedom From Smoking (FFS) tobacco treatment program ~ I encourage you to try. Late comers will not be penalized ~ on the contrary, they may join at a slight discount. Incentives may not apply, but that is of small consequence when you consider the great benefit of belonging to a terrific quit group! Are you up for the challenge? Your next quit attempt should be with a great FFS support group. For details, see previous post on the Pike County Tobacco-Free Coalition *QUIT BLOG

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Freedom From Smoking Program Schedule

Good News, Tobacco users! Freedom From Smoking is coming back to Penn State Extension, 514 Broad St., Milford, PA in February! Sign up for this structured & motivating 8 class program today or at least by February 6th. Contact Penn State Extension Pike County at 570-296-3400 or daa15@psu.edu or pikeext@psu.edu. These classes are fun!! Even if quitting tobacco is NOT fun!! Best, Deborah P.S. There is a cost of $40 for 8 classes. Ask about incentives. Sign up now!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Support from Beyond

Deborah, Like I have mentioned in the past my mother's twin sister died of cancer of the throat due to smoking. I like to remember my Aunt as being healthy and full of life. Not having a care of what other people thought of her. For instance when she lost her hair through chemo she had on a wig. One day we were out and it was really hot so for her to cool off she took off her wig. People were staring as if they never saw someone who was battling cancer and I remember telling one person, "take a picture it'll last longer". I have great memories of my Aunt even though she died in a horrific way due to smoking. She passed in July of 1997 and I will forever have memories of her cancer battle from smoking. So what did I do to honor her memory but start to smoke! It's just so stupid that after seeing what she went through that I would pick up a cigarette! But shamefully I did. I don't know if my dream that I had of her the other night was due to my patch or was it a sign from beyond the grave but I have to share it. I like to think of it as a sign. In the dream I was with my cousin, her daughter who smokes when she drinks. In the dream my cousin had a cigarette and offered me one and I declined saying I quit. Then suddenly my Aunt appeared, healthy the way I like to remember her without the hole in her throat. My Aunt turned to my cousin and said, "dear daughter have you learned from me at all? Your cousin (meaning me) has and that's why I support her as she's quitting". I woke up from the dream very happy and full of even more willpower than I previously had. Every time I'm tempted I just think of the dream and how I don't want to let her down by smoking again. Every time I want to light up the painful memory of her horrible death of the cancer eating away at her comes back and I refrain from lighting up. I think that dream was meant to remind me of what awaits for me if I continue to smoke. Like I said I don't know if it's from the patch giving me vivid dreams or if it was a message from beyond. All I know is that I have a renewed sense of quitting since that dream and it's given me even more strength to quit and keep on the quitting path. Angie

Monday, August 13, 2012

Angie's whiter teeth - and fresher breath!

I'm getting my taste buds back. Now this is something that every smoker dreads, getting taste buds back and having food taste so much better and putting on weight. So far I haven't gained any weight and I've been monitoring my portions so my weight doesn't increase drastically. However I am getting simple pleasure out of other things I can taste, like my toothpaste. No, I do not eat my toothpaste but I am enjoying the simple pleasure of having a clean mouth longer than if I were smoking. Think about it you brush your teeth then smoke not so much of a fresh mouth any more. But I am enjoying having a fresh clean tasting sensation in my mouth since I've quit. It's only been a little over a week but it's good. I was grateful that my husband was off from work all last week because it prevented me from sneaking a smoke. Now that he's back to work I have to exert extra will power to stay away from the nicodemon. Both the patch and fresh tasting lozenge are helping me! It's simple things that I've been enjoying like the ability to breathe better. Although I still have to do a nebulizer treatment every once in a while I realized how yucky the medicine in the nebulizer tastes and it's yet another deterrant away from smoking. I have it in my head keep smoking and the nebulizer will be part of daily living. Quit for good and I'll need it less and less. My goal is only to need it for allergy season, which is a good goal. In the meantime I'm just going to enjoy the simple tasting pleasures of having a clean mouth lasting longer! Angie

Friday, August 10, 2012

August 10, 2012 - Angie's 1 Week Milemark!

Deborah, So it's been one week since my last smoke and I'm feeling better and better everyday. I had to increase my support network so I've been posting on my facebook my quitting saga. Today I posted the link to the blog so people can read not only my story but other's as well. It's great for both ex smokers and smokers alike. Who knows maybe the smokers that read it may think about quitting. My biggest trigger is still driving. Before getting into the car I used to think how many cigarrettes is this drive. I would think about some landmarks I would pass that would trigger me to have a smoke. Then caluclate how many cigarrettes I needed in the car to do this trip and factoring in an extra smoke in case of traffic! Now I think of it as every trip is a one lozenge trip, maybe two for traffic! I'm just proud that I made the one week milemarker. This time, my one hundredth time trying to quit, may be it. I have a gut feeling that I can lick my tobacco addiction for good. I keep thinking it's all about self respect. There's few things we as humans can control in this world and I can control my tobacco use, despite being in a traffic jam! Angie

Monday, August 6, 2012

Editor's note re: Angie's letters

Friends- As you see, Angie is back and blogging for additional motivation and support. She speaks about deodorant in these next 2 letters. In order for this to make sense, you may need a little background. In a recent counseling session, we acknowledged the added difficulty of having her husband's tobacco in the house. We likened his tobacco to his deodorant. She might like the smell, but she wouldn't use it cause it's his. With that, Angie took things a few steps farther. Read below, and lend your support.~Deborah

Angie - Day 5

Deborah, I'm doing really well now. I have had thoughts of having a smoke but then I keep thinking deodorant and the stickers on the bag of tobacco help. My husband even put another deodorant label on the tube machine so it's more of a deterrent. I just went to the laundry mat and got annoyed with the attendant. She's a smoker and saw the patch on my arm. She asked what was it and I said it's a patch I'm trying to quit. Then she said, if you're ready you don't need anything. It got me thinking that eventually I won't need it but for the first few weeks someone does need the extra help. It's like if you broke a leg and needed crutches. I mean yeah eventually you won't need the crutches but as the leg heals you need the crutches to help you walk. That's what nicotine replacement therapy is like a temporary crutch. I know I'll face urges but for now when the urges are strongest I need the crutch to help stay away from the cigarette demon. My support buddy, my mom called this morning and asked how I was doing. The biggest hurdle is over, the want of a smoke when I first wake up. My sense of smell is coming back and I can smell the smoke on my husband. It gets me to think that I smelled like that. Thanks for all the help and support and I'll see you Thursday night. Angie