As long as I have had this site I have never talked about the fact that I use to be a smoker. I wasn’t just a casual social smoker I was a hardcore smoker.
To be totally honest in the early days of this site I was still a smoker. Now I wanted to quit smoking but I just couldn’t seem to make it happen. I knew that smoking was bad for me and I knew that I didn’t want to be a poor role model for my son but I just couldn’t break the habit.
My Quit Story
Years of smoking and trying to hide it from my kid just began to really take a toll on me. However the pivotal moment in my quest to quit was when I was in nursing school. I was doing one of my clinicals rotations on a Diabetes floor and was assigned to teach a patient something. Since we were students we all had one patient.
My patient had just had his leg amputated and the nursing staff was urging him to change many of his habits. One of those habits was smoking. At the time I was still smoking too.
I decided that I would do my teaching on smoking cessation. The weeks leading up to my teaching I just felt this knot in my stomach.
I felt like a huge hypocrite teaching someone about quitting smoking when I couldn’t even bring myself to quit. The next day I decided to pick up the NicoDerm® CQ® clear patch.
I was determined that if I was going to teach him about quitting I was going to quit myself. A few weeks later I gave my teaching totally smoke free. I have been smoke free ever since.
My Life after Smoking
I remember when I told my son that I was finally done smoking and the smile that spread across his face. He was so happy that I no longer had to sneak off to the garage and that the car didn’t stink. Not only was he happy about that, he was happy that his mom was going to be more healthy. I realized that the patient and NicoDerm® CQ® helped me take back control of my life.
I am forever grateful. Smoking pushed the ones I loved away because of the smell and the overall hazard to their health. Quitting smoking made a world of difference in not only my life but my health.
I never truly realized just how much I was missing out on when I was smoking. Not only did quitting smoking change my life, but my mom even quit smoking. She used the NicoDerm® CQ® patch too! We are now a fully smoke free family.
Your Reason for Stopping
My reason for becoming smoke-free was to better help my patient and be a positive role model for my son. Each of us is different and we all have different reasons we want to quit. If you are trying to quit, take some time to think about why you want to quit.
The reason you come up with will be the reason that will help get you through some of the harder times on your journey to quit. Any time I felt like giving up I reflected on the reason I was doing it in the first place.
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