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QuitNet Members' Quit-Smoking Stories: Lancer071


Welcome to the this week's installment of Member Stories, which features Steve M, aka Lancer071, who celebrates a 5-year quit!

"I smoked for 30 years, and at last count was smoking about 35 cigarettes a day.

"I tried quitting Cold turkey, failed. Patches failed. It all failed. I was missing a key ingredient for a lasting quit--Support. I found that here in QuitNet.

"The coughing, and being outta breath, is what made me decide to quit smoking this time. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was lost and looking for help online to quit smoking,and I stumbled upon the Q. It was a listing on Yahoo search, if I recall, back in 2004.

"As far as what inspires me to stay quit--I'm not sure inspire is the word for it. A picture for the mind maybe, the little demon in a corner doing push-ups to keep in shape for the next time I get relaxed and say, "Yeah, I can have just one." Knowing there is only the promise of a slow death, and picking up right where I left off. I lost a 6 month quit, and the shame and guilt is another inspiration to stay quit now.

"This quit is a record for me. It took everything I had to make this quit stick. I did it by living here at the Q mostly, and had the attitude of do or die (because that's where it was leading to, anyway). The clubs are the real lifesavers for me. The support I received there was unbounding, unselfish.They never had a harsh word, never left me, and always had my back. So if the Q is a quit-tool, it's all I need.

"I have made so many lifelong friends here. I have met many Q people face to face, and all are wonderful people sharing the same goal. I met the one true love of my life here; all the other women have been a joke up till this Angel came into my life, and taught me that anything is possible. Meeting my soulmate here on the Q? Priceless.

"My most valuable advice to new ex-smokers? Never quit quitting!!! I have had a dozen quits go bad before this 5 year quit. "Never quit quitting" by me.

"There's really not much I can say about a web site that has saved my life...oh yes, there is: Thank you to all the Q family that I'm sure it takes to keep this wonderful place going. You saved me. Thank you!!!!"

Steve M, aka lancer071




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You are right about not giving fail you dust off and immediately try again until you get it right...chances are you will spend most of your time as a non smoker then you find the answers to do what you need to get through and make it stick...i think i have found mine....congrats on your successful quit..ktq 
Posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:15 PM by Linda aka ljpok
Congratulations on your 5 year quit and thanks for your sharing. I agree so strongly with your last premise (and many others): Keep quitting: You haven't lost until you quit quitting. I am going to put this in my bag to share. 40 years ago I lost an 8 month quit. I think for a long time it took much of the confidence and energy out of my quit attempts. I wish I would have had quitnet around to encourage me. I did not make a strong effort for 36 years after that, though probably a thousand half hearted ones.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 1:31 PM by Bob Martin
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