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#1 Dianecz

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:37 PM

I found QSMB when I had been quit for 6 weeks, how I wish I had discovered it on day one. The first few weeks of any quit are difficult to say the least, but I had so many weird things going on, I didn't know what was quit related and what wasn't, at times I felt I was about to spontaneously combust !

 

I found other web sites, message groups, forums etc. but they just weren't right, they were too stuffy, or looked complicated or seemed too formal and scary, and I didn't want scary because I was terrified of the big step I was taking, to quit cold turkey after 42 years, so, I have decided to randomly list why I think this message board, our message board is the best in the world, I hope you can add some other reasons too.

 

1: Everyone is friendly, probably because we are all in it together, we all know that we are going through, or been through together.

 

2: I adore the way we welcome Newbies and make them instantly feel at home with us. I love the way we offer them knowledge, support, lots of hugs, sympathy, encouragement, education, friendliness and  feelings of safety and security.

 

3: I feel immensely proud of our newbies, that they very soon have the confidence to offer support and knowledge to other people who join us, even in the very first few days of their quit. I love watching them develop, this makes me quite emotional.

 

4: I find the way we bond to be unlike any other bonding situation, I think it is the realisation that no one here is going to judge them, we have all been used to being judged during our smoking years,almost all of us were ashamed to smoke, many of us have been secret smokers, but on our message board we can be ourselves. Before I quit I would avoid even talking about smoking, I was so much in denial, and I was permanently ashamed. Here we can talk about every dreadful detail of smoking and our smoking history.

 

5: We are quitters, whether we have been quit for years or hours we are all addicts who are determined to rid our bodies of lethal chemicals that will, one way or another, kill us if we continue to smoke.

 

6: I love the diversity of the members. People from all different walks of life, different countries, different ages, all with interesting stories, all with different personalities, I love the way we all get to know one another, and the way friendships are made. The camaraderie is fantastic and so much fun

 

7: The SOS system is beyond belief and has stopped many people losing their quit.We all have wobbles when giving up smoking, but for the times we simply cant cope on our own, our wonderful members will drop everything to help their peers.

 

I get emotional because this board has been here for me, we have sad times when one of our friends become ill, and we have fun times when we celebrate milestones with each other. There is respect and gratitude and achievement.

This should perhaps have been posted on the gratitude thread, but I just wanted to say thank you to all for the amazing web site we all have had a little input in creating,

Love to you all xxx 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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#2 Jillar

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:49 PM

Love, love, love this post Diane! I am grateful for all of the above PLUS the fact that so many people with years quit are still here to mentor us. It means so much to me. I get a little emotional too as I have never been a part of a message board. I hope to be here just as my mentors for many years to come. A big cuddle to you my friend :bigarmhug: 


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#3 Nina the Quitter

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:50 PM

I agree.

 

We all respect one another, and realize there are many ways to quit, and what is right for you is the right way. 

 

No judging if you fall, a little scolding maybe, but the support to get right back up and start again.


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#4 JimHannoonen

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:51 PM

Thank you for saying what I think the majority of us are thinking. :)


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#5 Andy75

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:54 PM

Im not a very emotional person in general. Well, at least I hide it.
This however, brought a tear to my eye.

I have nothing to add to it

A band of brothers and sisters, unselfishly setting thousands of people free

Lots of love to y'all ❤️
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#6 devo

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 06:58 PM

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 07:06 PM

Diane, wonderful post! It reminds me of a thread I started almost 3 years ago, titled "What's so darn special about QSMB?". I posted it following a very contentious time on the board where many members left to start another quit site.  What I said then still holds true today. Here's my "old pharte" perspective on why I also love this message board.....

 

"The most recent upheaval has brought about a lot of changes to the QSMB, some good, some bad. It may have caused some of us to question why we are still here. Sometimes it's good to get a "fresh start", isn't it? Being one who always seems to want the next best thing to come along, I've asked myself why I'm staying and the answer really is a no-brainer. This is my board. It is filled with my history and the history of those who took this journey with me. Thousands of treasured posts are still in the archives of this forum, with the most treasured of all being JWG's (thank you Marcie for continually bumping them). This is where I many spent hours a day when I first quit and was more afraid than I ever remember being. This is where I celebrated conquering those first 72 hours, and where I became an olde pharte. This is where I stayed up till 1 AM one night, waiting for David (Quit100x) to come back from the store, after he had a shaky night. I told him to check in when he got home, I was so worried he would stop and buy cigarettes, but he didn't. I remember I couldn't have been more proud had he been my son. This is where I followed Susan's (Slocum) brave battle of recovery after her accident. This is where there were fights to end all fights, wine parties till midnight in the chat room, friendships made and friendships lost. This is where I've gotten upset and I've left, more than once, but I always seem to find my way back. Because this is my board. Is it yours too?"


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 07:31 PM

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 07:38 PM

Lovely, Diane. I agree, this place is special.
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:28 PM

Great post D !!
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:47 PM

I also love this board.  Group hug!!

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:54 PM

Great post, Diane!  I feel the same way.  I don't think I would have quit smoking without this place and the wonderful people here and for that I am hugely grateful.


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:01 PM

Great post Diane! Thanks for putting the feelings shared by so many of us into words. So glad you are here :)

 

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:32 PM

Much love Diane xx


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 09:50 PM

Diane-- wonderful post.. I totally agree that QSMB is a special place.. I'm sure I wouldn't have made it this far without finding this support.
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:21 PM

Great post Dianne.
Not much to add except;

Beer shooting out your nose laughs.
Tears running down your face laughs.
Those OMG I've done that laughs.
Most of all the smile when a quit has been saved.

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 10:34 PM

Great post Dianne.
Not much to add except;

Beer shooting out your nose laughs.
Tears running down your face laughs.
Those OMG I've done that laughs.
Most of all the smile when a quit has been saved.

KTQ

lolololol!!!! Beer shooting out of your nose hahahaha! 


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:12 PM

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 11:21 PM

I love this post, Diane!  Prior to quitting, I would go smoke and hide my emotions.  Not any more!!   :wub:


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