So my name is Deb Newman and I started working with the Cancer Support Center of Maine when I lived in Bucksport and had a business with my husband. I felt kind of like a hypocrite, designing and maintaining a website that dealt with cancer while my husband and I were smokers. But it wasn't until my husband Rob died at 47 of a massive heart attack, that death got my attention. He loved his Mountain Dew and Smoking Cigarettes which killed him.
So I decided that I wanted to write about my struggle with stopping nicotine because I think I am typical of a lot of smokers, in that we tend to make excuses! So I smoked for 25 years and I loved every minute of it. Yep I said loved! Quitting wasn't something I thought of on a daily basis, I would tell myself, oh I will quit when I hit 30 years old. When that birthday came and went, I said oh I will quit when I hit 35. Well that didn't happen. The only time I quit for any substantial time was when I found out I was pregnant. That made me stop immediately for nine months because of the love I had for my new baby.
So after the birth, I started again, because I needed to calm down, and relax. Yes that is a typical excuse. So I married a smoker, who smoked more than me and watched him die of a heart attack at 47, and that still didn't make me stop. I googled how to stop smoking, I looked for support groups in my area that I felt would help but nothing appealed to me.
The Day I Decided To Quit
One the day I decided to quit, it wasn't anything amazing that happened, I wasn't promised a million dollars to quit, I just woke up one morning and said, I think I am done. I am done spending so much money on chemicals going into my body, I am done showing my daughter its ok to smoke, and I am done doing damage to my body.
I said to my daughter, " I am not smoking anymore" and she looked at me and said, "oh yes you will you can't quit mom!"
I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. How could I ever teach my child to have self confidence and strength in her decisions if I couldn't? So in one week it will be one year I have stopped smoking with the aid of anything. I won't lie, the first month was hell, I ate alot of carrots!!
The Benefits of Stopping
These are the benefits I have seen since I have stopped smoking.
1. No more wheezing! That was huge for me
2. More energy overall
3. Teeth are starting to come back, but needed to have alot of dental work, because smokers have notoriously bad teeth and gums.
4. Better skin tone.
5. My car, my clothes, my hair smells so nice
6, More money in the bank!
7. The most important: I have shown my daughter that if you set your mind to something you can do it!!!
So please reach out to the Cancer Support Center of Maine for help to stop smoking and attend one of their workshops. It will save your life.