Saturday, August 11, 2007

Thank You

Today is Chantix Day 66 and Smoke-free Day 54.

Having great support has to be one of the things the helps the most when quitting smoking. I'm putting it right up there with Chantix, water/breathing/walking through urges, and reasonable drop dead no matter what quit dates (my recipe: combine all of the above for best results!).

I've quit it in the past with varying degrees of support from different people but never with support anything quite like this. Being able to interact with others doing the same thing I'm doing and encouraging each other has helped me more than I can express. If you have been a part of this whole "thing" or even just reading along, then you already know what I mean, and I want to sincerely thank you for helping me along on this journey.

There is something powerful about putting thoughts into words that others read and then being a reader of the thoughts of others as well. It helps keep me going and encourages me. When I read about someone further away from their last cigarette, it gives me hope about what's in store. When I read about someone just starting out, I remember those first days and just really want them to make it to the point where it gets a little easier. Chantix is new enough that it really helps knowing what others are actually experiencing. I can't imagine not blogging my way through this or having nothing to read about it except the dry and impersonal patient insert thing. I'd picture me alone in some corner of my own world all nauseous and gassy, having weird dreams (and sometimes minor itching that might or might not be related), not wanting to smoke and then actually not smoking as the days string together into weeks but not sharing it or knowing if all of the above really is normal or ever goes away (things like nausea, I mean, not things like not smoking - I'll keep that one).

So, THANK YOU readers and other writers. Thank you for writing your experience that helps keep me going and thank you for reading what I have to say, even if you are the quiet type just reading along.

Of course, Tom gets his own special thank you for his support because he is just incredible. I'd add Tom to my recipe above, but he's not available in stores or even by Rx.

13 comments:

  1. Thank you Maggie! There is no doubt that reading your blog made the experience that much better!

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  2. Thanks, Nathan. Every time I see someone running around, I think of you ;)

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  3. Thank you for writing this.. you have so eloquently expressed how I feel about the support I have received.

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  4. Wow Maggie, I couldn't have put it any better myself. You know that it is your blog that made me start mine and hence made this journey a little less hectic, right? For that I will always be grateful. Keep on keepin on.

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  5. Totally agreed. I can honestly say that I might not have stuck with it if you hadn't left that first comment and pointed me towards all these other blogs.

    THANKS A BUNCH!!!

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  6. Maggie's THA BOMB! :) I won't even go into a huge narration of reading Maggie's blog benefits. Lots of things have happened in my life and lives of many others, thanks to Maggie, probably way more than Maggie suspects. I think you should be very proud of yourself, Maggie.

    PS - I loooove those tender bits you drop for/about Tom here and there. Totally and utterly cute.

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  7. Off topic a little but but since I don't blog (only read those of you who do..thank you, thank you, thank you!)there is no other place to insert this experience. I am 28 days smoke free (42 days on Chantix) and went to dinner with 2 friends tonight. One friend is a total non-smoker and the other smokes only when we girls all get together and smoke, drink and gossip. So, tonight none of us was smoking BUT we were sitting in the smoking section of the restaurant next to the bar. No problem..it didn't bother me, or so I thought, and it did not make me want a cig. But about an hour into our visit/dinner I was talking and kept feeling this sting in my throat. Finally I said, 'Wow, I feel like I have just chain-smoked 1/2 pack of cigs and I haven't touched one in a month!". My totally non-smoking friend said, "Look around you at all of the smokers. That's what you used to do to us". While I haven't been set back in my quit smoking journey, I think my lungs just got a big set back in the healing process. So, from now on it's the no-smoking section for me!
    Becky from Tennessee

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  8. Lakasha, Tobin, Tasina and Stan - thank you so much for your kind words. Each of you have been part of those whose blogs I read religiously, and each of you have helped me. This whole thing is just incredible to me. I'm so grateful.

    Becky from TN - you are always welcome to just post whatever and whenever you want to share right here in the comments because I read them all and love hearing from you :) If you do start a blog at some point, you'll have to let me know! Many congrats on 28 days! That is huge. It's amazing what we put our lungs through, and as much as I downplayed the second-hand smoke thing while I was a smoker, I'm with you on not wanting to subject my lungs to it now that I'm not a smoker - hmmm, maybe I kind of get it now. Congrats again, Becky, and do pipe up once in awhile so that I know you're still doing great!

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  9. Maggie, your blog has been a big help to me, and, I'm still laughing about the "perio piper!"

    Likewise with the other Chantix bloggers, I LOVE reading along....

    God bless and let's all be healthy and happy!

    John

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  10. Thanks, John. I can always count on you to "get" my oddball sense of humor. I crack myself up and laugh at my own jokes, but sometimes I wonder how well it translates ;)

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  11. Thank you Maggie!! While I rely on your blog to get through this whole ordeal, and it has made this such an enlightening journey, it's nice to know that my blog, and those of our other fellow bloggers make this a fun journey for you too. When I was outside in the woods the other day (right next to my house) I thought about you and how much you would love it just like I was.

    Somedays I just read the blogs, some days I comment, and somedays I post my own. And it's by doing all of the above that I have made it this far in the journey with not just tears and frustration...but with laughs and a different perspective at times. Thank you, too, for your role in my own personal journey. You and Stan were what made me really take the Chantix route...and not feel alone doing it. That's what we all need...to know that we're not alone for the ride. It's always better with friends!! :D

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  12. Well put, Jaime about some laughs, some perspective and some company along the way, and you are right that I've never met any woods I haven't loved. How nice to have them so close when you need a little mini-getaway.

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  13. Maggie, sorry to jump in again sort of off topic, but, I see Jaime reading this thread, so, Jaime, did you ever see this one?
    :)
    I thought it was sort of funny... it was in good fun......

    btw. how'd that work out for you? LOL

    John

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