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QuitNet Members' Personal Quit-Smoking Stories: Meet Sindie033013!


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Welcome to QMember Stories, featuring Sindie033013 - who celebrates nearly a three month quit!

"I started smoking when I was 13 years old. I remember living in Dunlap, IL, and going out into the woods behind my house and trying a cigarette. Then we would go out behind the bus barn after school and smoke. Both of my parents smoked back then, so I guess it seemed like the thing to do to become an adult.

"We moved to California when I started High school and that’s when I really started smoking regularly. I would swipe Salems from my mom’s closet and smoke away. There was a smoking section at the high school, so it was pretty much accepted in those days.

"There are so many things I dislike about smoking. The worst thing has been the isolation. My addiction to cigarettes has slowly isolated me from people. I live in California where NOBODY smokes, and smokers are very frequently looked down upon. I have rebelled against that thinking for a very long time, but I now see that I was only hurting myself and isolating myself from other people.

"This time I stopped smoking on 3/30/13. I wanted to stop on or near my birthday…and I did, so I am very happy about that. I am using NRT in the form of the nicotine patch. I used this before in a former quit when I stopped for 6 months. I know that it will work for me as long as I stick with it.

"I went searching online for a stop smoking support group and found QuitNet. I am very grateful to have found it. It is a big part of my Recovery Plan. I Joined on my Quit Date, 3/30/13. Going to the Newcomers chat room during Hell Week (week one) was a life saver. I would like to help others by going there when I am more confident in my own quit.

"This is the 4th time (I think) that I have stopped smoking. Each time I have stopped in the past I have learned something. I know now that I CANNOT have just one cigarette. That I CANNOT go Off the Patch too soon; I must give myself enough time. And, just for me, that I CANNOT take anti-depressants as they increased my anxiety the last time to an unbearable point.

"In addition to NRT in the form of the patch, I've used Alan Carr’s Stop Smoking the Easy Way for Women, QuitNet Support, free youtube Stop Smoking Hypnosis, having an actual Quit-Buddy (a very good friend of mine), “smoking” cut off straws in my car and whenever else I feel the urge, being more active, making plans to become a runner, and taking the Daily Pledge every Day at QuitNet.

"My main inspiration for stopping at this time is an upcoming trip to Ireland. I have been fortunate to travel quite a bit but this is the first time I will be traveling solo with a group of new people. I decided I did not want to be smoking and isolating myself during this adventure. I hope that when I return from my trip I will find the motivation to remain smoke free.

"I am feeling so much better already. I had a terrible cough that would not go away. I’ve had it well over a year and would not go to the doctor for it. It is nearly gone now. I keep thinking I may have dodged a bullet and it really could be the very next cigarette that I smoked that would turn that cough into lung cancer. I want to stay alive … to see my son finish college…and to enjoy my future grandchildren.

"Also, I have overcome some life events in recent years and I have finally found a deeper strength within. I believe that I am finally ready to truly stop and to be able to handle the uncomfortableness of quitting.

"My advice to newcomers? If you decide that you are going to quit, do not let anything stop you. Use each and every resource available to you, and Protect your quit at all costs. Recognize that you are an addict and that you are entering a period of recovery. Be good to yourself…and reach out for support from others…it helps a GREAT deal."

Keep coming back, and KTQ,


"P.S. I am thrilled to let you know that I have returned from my trip to Ireland and survived entirely smoke free!! What an amazing experience!" :)



I've read quite a few, and this is the 1st time I've seen someone mentioning the "cough"
Posted @ Sunday, June 23, 2013 5:26 PM by IMBUUUU
Awesome and inspiring story, Cindy! Thanks so much for sharing. It is a reminder to the rest of us that, if at first we don't succeed we can always try again! Sometimes it takes more than once for us to get it right, but we are DEFINITELY worth it!!!
Posted @ Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:57 AM by telecomchick2000
Hey thanks for sharing your quit smoking story with us that very nice way for quitting smoke.
Posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:05 AM by Arise Johns
Hey thanks for this very inspiring story, Cindy! It really is hard to quit smoking, especially when it already became a habit. But congratulations that you were dedicated and were able to overcome smoking!
Posted @ Monday, February 24, 2014 7:40 PM by Stop Smoking
Cindy, thank you for sharing. Sounds so much like me. I am also from California. We are hated and looked at with disgust...actually I probably smelled not of smoke because I kept Bath and Body Works in business with their bottle of Cherry Blossom spray for years..ha ha. I am proud of you and I am proud of myself for staying quit this time for 55 days. Good Luck to you.
Posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 9:39 AM by Tonette
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