I am trying to quit now. I am 42 with early COPD. I get bronchitis now more and more. I have it now again.
My mother smoked for 40 years. We kept taking her to the ER for bronchitis she could not kick. The doc told her, "I can treat you. You will come back. I can treat you again. One day you will not check out."
I was looking right in her eyes when he said that. She walked out of there, went cold turkey and never looked back. She hasn't smoked in three years. And she is all over me to stop too, and God knows I am trying.
I started using SmokeStik and I quite like it. It's expensive, but so are the medical bills I've had from CT Scans, lung xrays, blood draws, etc. It actually tastes really good. I wish i could go cold turkey like her but she rocks, I am much weaker in the head than she is. I might add that she also has MS. The lady is almost 70 and she's a lumberjack, you'd never know her age, she is so much fun.
I needed a crutch. She did not. I don't know you but I do know this, as a fellow person with COPD. If you stop now, your condition won't get any worse than it already is. You can work around it, I would hope.
Try the SmokeStik if you can or gut it out and think about how wonderful it will be to breath well, to not wake up with your lungs hurting.
I have some friends who were hardcore 3-pack-a-day smokers. They used Chantix. They haven't smoked in two years, both of them. They were on the drug just one month. I have been too scared to try I suffer from anxiety and depression, I'm afraid that's the wrong choice for me. But, maybe you can look into this ?
Thank you for your advise.
I am currently using 3 methods to stop smoking
1. the patch
2. the gum
3. an electronic cigarette
I alternate the gum and the e-cigarette.
My doctor advised me not to over do it... but he knows I have to quit smoking.
I can not use the Chantex as I have tried it before and it made my depression worse.
Keep your fingers crossed for me I need all the support I can get.
My dear, I am sitting in a diagnostic center now waiting for my husbands PET scan to be done. They found a 4.9 cm mass in his lung on Monday. Let that be reason enough for you never to go back. I am waiting for my own CT scan to come back as I am also having lung pain. So far, nothing on the X-ray for me but for my husband......a mass. Do not let this be you. We have a child, she is 6, she is disabled. He is the breadwinner of our family too. You can not imagine watching your loved ones eyes as the doctor looks at him and says those dreaded words, lung cancer. Hate the cigarettes because they kill and destroy. How will I raise a child alone? How does a child watch their father die should this not go well. This doesn't happen to other people, it can happen to you too. Once it is too late, you can not turn back. Be strong.