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

  
  
  

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Welcome to this week's installment of QMember Stories, featuring JudM! Enjoy her story, in her own words:

I grew up in a smoking home. My parents smoked everywhere all the time. My mother smoked unfiltered Kools and Dad smoked Lucky Strikes.

I hated being around the smoke as a kid, but started smoking while at school in England in 1970, at the age of 20. How dumb is that? I really had to work at teaching myself how to smoke. I learned way too well.


I quit smoking several times, for a few months each time. One quit lasted almost 2 years. The 2 year quit began when I became pregnant with twins; I didn't smoke through the pregnancy and stayed smoke-free up until the twins were almost a year old.


All the time the boys were growing up, they and my husband wanted me to quit smoking, and repeatedly urged me to do so. I did have several short-lived quits over the years from 1981 to 2005 (when I first joined the Q). You're welcome to read my journal at QuitNet.com under my username, JudM. Many of my quit-attempts are journaled there.

My last quit date, the one I count from now, was November 21, 2009. I quit cold turkey, but believe that any way that you can quit is the right way for you. I did have one slip at 9 months into my quit, and almost relapsed back to being a full-time smoker. Thanks to several wonderful people here at the Q, a possible total loss of a quit was kept to just a slip. I actually realized during that slip that the only thing that could make me smoke was me. Sure, I could blame stress, or something a negative person said, but it was still my choice to smoke. In truth, once I made this quit mine -- quitting for me -- it became a lot easier.

Even so, it has been difficult to learn how to live without cigarettes. I have had many tears during my quit. I still seem to cry at the drop of a hat sometimes. What has helped me to get thru craves and stress is learning deep breathing techniques. The Expert QChats provide great help, too. And I enjoy the general chatrooms and all the fantastic people and information here on QuitNet.


What I like most about being quit is not smelling like an ashtray, and saving all those $$$ I used to spend on tobacco. By the fall of 2012, I'd saved enough money to buy a 2011 Dodge Caravan! I say thank you to the Q, and to all the great people here, for that. 

You can find me at QuitNet by my user name, JudM. I'm in the chatroom a lot, and people there call Jud-Mud,  because Jud is what I go by in 3-D Land (Jud being a nickname for Judith). I tell everyone it's pronounced 'mud', only with a J.


May you all find and have that forever quit you are looking for. 

KTQ, 

Jud


Comments

Well I am thinking about quitting. It was inspirational to read your story. I suppose it is much like my own, I also started back in 1970 and quit while pregnant for approx. 2 years. I had forgotten about that Quit. I have not had but only one other Quit that was only for approx. 6 weeks. I hope my story has a similar ending. I would LOVE to be a non smoker. I need to start picturing myself as that. 
 
CONGRATULATIONS on your success...!
Posted @ Monday, August 12, 2013 2:42 AM by SSawyer65
Your story is excellent, Jud, and very inspiring! And congratulations on your wonderful quit! WTG Also, thank you for sticking around and helping others! Luv, Pat
Posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:48 AM by Patoolla
I try and picture one of my daughters telling me that if I don't quit, she won't let me see my grandsons. She wouldn't do that and we don't ever talk about my smoking. I act like I am able to keep it secret but I know they know. it's the only motivation I can think of that will give me the strength to quit. Any thoughts?
Posted @ Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:31 PM by Jacky
Your journey to quit smoking is very excellent and very inspiring. Your story will definitely motivate others who want to quit smoking. And congratulations for your success.
Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 6:32 AM by lianethompson
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