29 Nov 2017
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Congratulations on Day 3! I'm on the Patch and use other NRT as I was advised to wear 2x 21 mg. patches. I have been smoking since I was 14, so over 40 years. It won't happen overnight, and I knew I'd need extra support because I have suffered from depression and anxiety in the past, and being able to cope well is so great for getting through the first 3 months or so. Like Marianne says, it helps to get a team of professionals on board for your quit, and what to expect in terms of anxiety and depression. I used my family Doctor, then through this site I found a quit program at a local hospital, and I use the phone system here on SHO, and I reach out daily here online. It can be done, you just need to make a plan and follow through and reach out.
It's also good for self-confidence. It seems the really hard things that make us fearful bring the greatest rewards once we overcome them. And it spills over onto other area's as well. I was afraid, but took all of these baby steps to quit and I'm still here in my 4th week. I've so much more to do, but I'm overcoming my fears. I did not think I'd ever get to 4 weeks, trust me!