My Story

January 1, 2001

After 9 months of unsuccessful quits, my official quit date was: 01/01/01.  That date saved my life, literally.

I can continue to smoke my 3 to 5 packs of Merits a day. And I can look forward to definitely developing Emphysema, I already have COPD. Having Emphysema, I will be hooked up to an oxygen tank, so that I can breathe. I’ll have to carry my oxygen with me, everywhere I go. It’s similar to a ball and chain.

Emphysema is a slow, very painful, expensive terminal illness.  It’s similar to drowning slowly.  Each day I’ll see the sadness in my daughter’s eyes.  I’ll see the smile on my husband puts on for all of us.  But knowing him as well as I do, when I look into his eyes, I will see the sorrow and all the pain.  I’ll miss out on so much.  My girls’ first crush, heartbreak, when they marry, have children, and so much more.  All the plans we had made, gone just like that.  If I keep smoking, inhaling over 600 toxins, and spending all that money, to slowly kill me.

It’s will be best if I give up this nasty habit.  It won’t be easy, but I have to do it.  For myself and my family.  I’ll be better off in the end.   This is a horrible habit, I am addicted to nicotine.  But I will beat this, I will prevail!

I plan on sticking around for all the birthdays and holidays.  I’ll get to see my girls in their plays, sports, choirs.  I’ll get to help them with their homework.  Even those notorious mother and daughter disagreements and arguments.  I will watch them grown into beautiful, responsible, confident young women.

I won’t miss out on their weddings, I’ll be there to help and calm their nerves.  One day I will be a Grandma!  And the best of all is I’ll get to experience everything, right along with my husband, Tommy.

I tried quitting more than once.  Then I got the idea to make this website in December of 2000.  It will help me to keep occupied.  It will hold me accountable.  In my research, I will learn a lot of information on quitting smoking.

As I sit here with my laptop, several ideas start to form.  I have a feeling this website will be a very important part of my quit.

The Spring of 2000 I desperately searched the internet, looking for helpful information on quitting smoking.  I came across so many sites the claimed they could help you quit smoking easily, and fast.  There is not a thing out there that can make quitting smoking easy or fast!  It really angered me because I know how desperate I am, and these companies prey on that to get your money.  Please don’t get taken in by these frauds.

Tools such as Zyban, the patch, an inhaler, the gum, or the nasal spray, if they help you with your quit, excellent.  I use But please keep in mind that these tools can be great, but it comes down to you.  With your determination, and possibly one of these tools, you can quit successfully.  Even if it takes you a few attempts, never stop trying.

In creating this website, I hope that it will help you as well.   If whatever you find on my site, helps you to find answers to your questions,  or helps to keep your mind off a craving, that is all that matters to me.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my story.  And remember to always ‘KEEP YOUR QUIT.’  No matter what, it will


I have not failed 10,000 times, but have successfully found 10,000 ways that do not work.”
Thomas A. Edison
“What doesn’t kill me, only makes me stronger.”

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“The greater the obstacle, the more joy in overcoming it.”

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt”
“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
Thomas Alva Edison
Just about every smoker that has successfully quit has on at least one or more occasion tried and failed, which if you think about it, means just by having a setback but not giving up, means that you have ultimately just increased your odds of finally succeeding for good!

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