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#1 Walt


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:42 AM

I was one of those guys that everyone thought that I would never quit smoking. I started when I was 14 and smoked for 50 years. I tried many times to quit. I now realize that I was never really committed to my quit. God had to hit me over the head many times before I finally stopped for good.


I got bladder cancer...peed pure blood and it scared the crap out of me. Did I quit?...no. I had a heart attack...died and was brought back from a blockage caused by smoking. Did I quit?...no. I was diagnosed with emphysema and was going through terrible coughing bouts. (still am) Did I quit?...no. I was told that I have an Aortic Anurism ...it's a swelling of the lower part of your heart, that if it is not curtailed, will lead to your heart exploding and, I think you can guess the outcome. Did I quit?...no.


Last year, my wife of 30 years was dying of cancer...breast cancer that came back from when she was 32. I was going out into the garage to smoke when it was -20 in Minnesota where I live. One day, I had this thought about what my wife was going through, all the signs that I had been given and I was like....Hey!...What the hell are you doing?!?


That was June 11th of 2013...I stopped the next day and went through some really bad withdrawal from nicotine addiction for weeks. Everyday, I would tell myself that , yes...this hurts, but it's better than dying, right? And it was! Once I got past the initial pain of withdrawal, it was easy. People said that you will actually get to the point where you don't even think about smoking. I thought BS, but they were right.


I know that some of you have mentioned special circumstances during your quit that put strain on you and made it difficult. I quit on June 12, 2013. A few months prior, my close friend died of oral cancer due to smoking. My Father-In-Law died on August 4, 2013 and I flew down to his funeral in Florida on a Friday night. I flew back on that Sunday afternoon to find that my wife was so far gone that she needed hospice care immediately. She passed away the following Friday morning. A month later, her cousin committed suicide and her other cousin was diagnosed with Lukemia. I could go on with many more stories that have happened since I quit, but that is life.


When you decide to save your life, nothing...NOTHING can stop you. Life goes on with all of its heartbreaks and tragedies. Decide to live out your life and see where it will go. Only you have the power to do that.


If I can do this....you CAN do this!


Love, Walt




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I will not smoke today. N.O.P.E. I have not smoked since June 12, 2013.


I smoked for 50 years and I quit cold-turkey with the help of the wonderful people on this board. If I can do it, YOU can do it!

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:47 AM

Brilliant post Walt. Brilliant. xox

Feed the addiction and it will stay. Starve it and it will leave.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:47 AM

No idea how you got through all that! I applaud you! Smoking wouldn't have helped.

You really are an inspiration. . .its said a lot but in your case it is true!

I became a non-smoker at 5pm (Perth, Western Australia time) on Friday 30th August 2013  - I am never going back to the dark days of addiction - N.O.P.E - I'm Free



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:59 AM

This is a post for the QSMB Trophy Room....


You just help to put a lot of things in perspective.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:15 AM

Wow...thanks for that Walt. So many things that could have easily pushed you right back into smoking....but you made that choice. And, now it's been a little more than a year!!!!! Great!!!!


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:27 AM

Through teary eyes I read your post. I'm very sorry to hear of the loves you have lost. I have to commend you for persevering in the midst of so much sadness. Thank you for this passionate and thoughtful post that has inspired me. During my quest for freedom from smoking I will think of your words or encouragement often.
Will there come a time when I won't think about smoking? Really? I can't imagine that, but all I can do I trust that what you and thousands of other people have said is true.

"What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create." -Buddha
"Your past is just a story. And once you realize this, it has no power over you."
"You've always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself." -Glenda the Good Witch
"The moment where you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it. " -Peter Pan

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:49 AM

Walt - good to see you - a wonderful post - as always !
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:57 AM

Thank you for this. I needed it.
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 05:00 AM



It's so nice to *see* you.


Thank you for the message. It's never "OK" to smoke, regardless of what's going on in your life.


You've experienced so much loss in such a short period of time. My heart goes out to you. 



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:23 AM

great post!!!! very inspirational....Thanks Walt!!




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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:15 AM

Hear, hear Walt :cool:

Relapse is like peeling an onion. TEARS!
"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it"
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950}
NOPE stands for Not One Puff EVER....
It does not stand for......
Not One Puff EXCEPT...
The minimum requirement is maximum commitment....to NOPE
It takes many good decisions to make a good quit, and  only one bad one to lose it.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 09:41 AM

You are an inspiration!

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss and heartbreak but I thank you for using these tragedies too encourage and uplift others.  You truly are inspiring!!!





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Posted 27 June 2014 - 10:15 AM

Thank you Walt for reaching out with your life raft in this addiction storm. 



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Only one puff away from a pack a day

Saying yes to one invites the thousands hiding behind that one

A successful quit is a life-preserver through the trials of life

A crave passes whether you smoke or not

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:21 AM

Beautiful post, much needed! Thank you for sharing... 

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:56 AM

Thanks Walt. Nice to read you
When the student is ready...The teacher will appear-Soul
Fear of the quit is worse than the quit-Cookielinda
When you stop buying cig......You start paying for your addiction - jwg

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:33 PM

Thank you for sharing this Walt. So sorry for all that you have endured.But so happy that 

through it all, you did not smoke!


Thank you for showing us how it's done!

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:36 PM

Walt, you are one of the first people I read when I came to the board last August, and you have been a huge inspiration to me ever since.  Thank you.







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Posted 27 June 2014 - 01:39 PM

A 5 star post from a 5 star man with a 5 star quit.

Thank you so much Walt

► I am a ** OLDE PHARTE ** (1 year + :grin: ) !!!
► I smoked 30 years, 2 packs a day ... Bleah ..... :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 01:48 PM

Walt, thank you for the inspiration to encourage our quits.


Nov 6, 2011 I decided " I had enough with this sh*t "

I quit because I just got tired of the life under a rock, dark and with not enough air to breathe waiting for the day to get crushed!

Alcohol to a quit is like Kryptonite to Superman

Stop, Think and then React. Not React,Stop and then Think

Practice does not make it perfect, makes it permanent. Practice the right things!

Quitting is by far the best decision for the rest of your life.

If a Doctor gives you 6 months to live, would you start living after the first three? Quit now!

" I am a puff away form a pack a day"

Once you stop puffing or having Nicotine in any form, then and only then your symptoms will stop.

I quit with a frozen turkey. Once I felt comfortable with my quit,  I ate it.

Life is such a good teacher, that if you don't learn the lesson it will repeat it to you.




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