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  1. onyx
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    Hi everyone. I was a member of the old forums for a few years. I was under the username "Veridian", but decided not to use it here. The name has no meaning to me now, so I chose something new. 

    I quit smoking on July 18, 2014, after being a heavy smoker for over 20 years, with a period of 10 weeks smoke free while I was pregnant with my son, and for a week or so afterwards. I was smoking over 60 cigarettes a day when I decided it was time to quit. I'm a proud Champix Pixie success story, the first time I was on it was the time the quit stuck like glue. I admit it was not easy, but it was probably one of the best things I could have done for myself. I'm a lot healthier heart and breathing wise now. I'm three years in to my quit, and I can't imagine going back to it. Yuck!

    As for my personal life, I'm a stay at home mom to a teenager on the autism spectrum. I'm also happily married to his father, we've been together over 26 years, and married for just over 16. If it wasn't for my husband, I don't think I could have stayed smoke free. He's been such a great support, even holding my hair and trying to keep me calm during those awful moments when a craving hits, or when I was going through the withdrawal. We also have one cat, who is my therapy cat and helps me when my anxiety acts up. She's 11 years old and so spoiled!

    I'm in a small community in southern Nova Scotia, although we are talking about getting a house in another part of the province after our son graduates from high school in a few years.

    Writing is a huge part of my life. Last year, I found a traditional publisher that would give me a chance... My first book came out this past spring, and I am currently working on two new ones - the completed first draft of the first book in a series, and I'm currently writing the first draft to a companion book for the one that's published. I write part time, so things tend to take a lot longer for me than someone who is able to write full time, or even an hour a day. 

    If I can quit after smoking over 60 cigarettes a day for years, anyone can quit. Never think that you've failed if you give in to those cravings. Quitting smoking was one of the toughest things a person can do... Some people have said it's as bad - or worse - than giving up heroin. I can see why. The withdrawal for me - even though it was muted by the Champix - was horrible, and remembering it is enough to make me tell the Nicodemon to take a long hike off a short pier. 

    Just hang in there. One day at a time. Every second that you don't light up is a victory. You have this. We are all with you... We've all been there, done that, and know how rough the road can be.

    Have an awesome, healthy day everyone.

    ~Onyx, formerly Veridian
  2. jeyan
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    Where are all the other members like like mudman, new opportunity, and others?

  3. buttingout2014
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    Hello all!!!  :)
    I've been a member of the Smoker's Helpline support group for almost 4yrs now...and I don't believe I ever would've succeeded without the guidance and support of the members and staff!

    It was a rocky road - especially during the 1st 6mos to a year, but I managed to overcome and I'm proud to include myself among the non-smokers that I know.
    (Not something that I'd ever expected to be able to say)

    Although it appears this forum is going to take some time to get used to, I'm sure that the CORE ingredient (the MEMBERS and STAFF) will continue to mould this new layout into the same solid support structure that made the old one my favourite stop on the web!!

    Well, that's it for now - but I'll be sure to keep checking in over the coming days / weeks to see how things have evolved!!  :)

    Your QUIT buddy, Jim.
  4. manderson4
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    Hello all.  I am back or is it still here.  After a slip and a few scares of becoming the heavy smoker I once was.  I am mentally, physically and emotionally prepared to give it another try.
  5. onyx
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    Jim/buttingout2014!! It's great to see you again. I remember you from the old forum. I'm the crazy author who was always saying "Write to Quit". 

    Jeyan, I'm not sure where Mudman is... I hope he's doing great. I wasn't around the old forum much the last going off, my computer's hard drive croaked and I had to rebuild the [censored] thing from the OS up. I'm still getting all of my old bookmarks back on my browser, and I still don't have all of my photos or manuscripts on the new hard drive yet. Fun stuff. Not! Lol 

    Manderson, you've got this. Keep in mind you have to reprogram your brain into that of a non smoker. One day at a time, and before you know it, you'll be smoke free for a year. 
  6. lillian, quit coach
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    Hello all!

    It is lovely to see our members building the community here. Veridian, love your new name, so welcome Onyx.(Congratulations on your book, that is amazing!!). Welcome too to jeyan,buttingout and manderson4!

    I hope Jeyan that more members will start here and take part on these forums too. Of course if they are willing, they too would be very welcome.

    Buttingout, thanks for your support and patience and thanks for your patience again!

    Manderson4, you can do this, post, call us and post some more. You are stronger than those cravings!

    This site is very much a work in progress, please keep that in mind and to all of you-- your feedback is not just noted but is taken into account. This is a journey for Smokers' Helpline and really we are on day 2, taking baby steps, one day at a time!

    Thanks again everyone for being here,
    Lillian

  7. onyx
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    Thanks Lillian, it's great to see you again too! 

    I'm ultra pleased about the book. I'm still in shock that I'm published! Lol I still think that's someone else's book when I see the cover to mine. Hehehehe. :) Hopefully I can say that my amazing publisher gives me another book contract, or one for the series I'm working on, sometime in the near future. I'm stubborn enough to get another one out there. As long as my health doesn't go wacky again, I should be on the right track now. (I'm type II diabetic and I'm borderline anemic, fun stuff...)
  8. kat
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    Hi it’s Kat still smoke free after five years thanks to your help.
  9. brieffree
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    Hi Manderson4

    Welcome back

    I am sad that you slip a bit, just go back to the train of quit and be free.

    you can do this.
  10. nalabean
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    Hi all,
    Nice to see familiar names, makes me think of a family reunion,  lol.Amazing how one can become so attached to people without having actually met.

    All is good still smoke free,  hope you all had a wonderful smoke free day too.
  11. onyx
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    Kat, breiffree, nalabean! It's great to see all of you too! It's been a while! I've been neglectful visiting the Helpline forums lately, things have been cuckoo here... In a good way! 
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