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Old 12-07-2012, 06:18 PM   #451
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Good luck to you guys trying to quit.
I was 25 and had an ulcer on my tongue, which after several visits to several doctors was diagnosed as a tumor. Wheeled into Westmead and had half my tongue removed. The scary part of this is when they say to your family, "Make the most of the time you have left, he may not survive the operation."
The 16 hour operation, breathing through a traceotomy tube, having your neck sliced ear to ear and only having half a tongue isn't the worst part...... The radiation treatment is.
6 weeks of daily radiation treatment that leaves your mouth and throat so burnt you have to swallow a gel anesthetic just to drink water, lose saliva, lose taste for months and have your teeth fall out, THAT's the bummer!
No curries, no satay even BBQ sauce is too spicy when you have no saliva! (Not to mention peppery pies from the Asian bakeries)
The upside, I'm still here 17 years later (gave me 5 at the start), married with 3 kids and riding. Life has a new perspective when you get that sort of hand dealt. @#$% the money, enjoy life, and do the things you've always put off.
Good luck with it guys, it is well worth it to quit.
P.S when ever I go for my check up now, they still ask me am I smoking? FFS if that wasn't my wake up call, what is I tell them!
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:11 AM   #452
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Good stuff guys...approaching two weeks and I still don't miss it.
I have been putting my smoke money in a jar in the garage, I should be able to buy some great farkles for my Dakar if I keep this up.

Will keep you all posted...whether you want it or not!
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:36 AM   #453
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Going well Manybike, keep it up.

For you, another Churchill quote:

When I was 18, I couldn't believe how much my parents didn't know. When I was 21, I couldn't believe how much they had learnt in 3 years.

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Old 12-08-2012, 08:39 AM   #454
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Good luck to you guys trying to quit.
I was 25 and had an ulcer on my tongue, which after several visits to several doctors was diagnosed as a tumor. Wheeled into Westmead and had half my tongue removed. The scary part of this is when they say to your family, "Make the most of the time you have left, he may not survive the operation."
The 16 hour operation, breathing through a traceotomy tube, having your neck sliced ear to ear and only having half a tongue isn't the worst part...... The radiation treatment is.
6 weeks of daily radiation treatment that leaves your mouth and throat so burnt you have to swallow a gel anesthetic just to drink water, lose saliva, lose taste for months and have your teeth fall out, THAT's the bummer!
No curries, no satay even BBQ sauce is too spicy when you have no saliva! (Not to mention peppery pies from the Asian bakeries)
The upside, I'm still here 17 years later (gave me 5 at the start), married with 3 kids and riding. Life has a new perspective when you get that sort of hand dealt. @#$% the money, enjoy life, and do the things you've always put off.
Good luck with it guys, it is well worth it to quit.
P.S when ever I go for my check up now, they still ask me am I smoking? FFS if that wasn't my wake up call, what is I tell them!
That is exactly the type of thing I plan to avoid. Like I say, I did smoke for way too many years but I am hopeful the damage can be reversed over time.
Great story!
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:42 PM   #455
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Teneraddict that is some crazy scary but very isnpirational story - thanks for sharing - after all the crap, amazing you are here to share . Ride live n love .
Also shows you dont need to be smoking half your life to get cancer .

Awesome - congrats on beating it and having a life you love
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:40 PM   #456
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Decided to quit today. I figured out it is costing me $4380 a year to smoke (20pk of smokes is $12). With that much extra money I can afford to do a lot of things.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:06 PM   #457
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Decided to quit today. I figured out it is costing me $4380 a year to smoke (20pk of smokes is $12). With that much extra money I can afford to do a lot of things.
Good luck on the quit outsiden, I have now gone 16 days without a smoke.
I have been putting what I spend on smokes into a jar, it is starting to add up.

Keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:17 AM   #458
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Yeah keep us posted, I gave up with a few others on this thread, and I'm always keen to see how others go with it.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:15 AM   #459
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I just had to look back to page 25 on this thread to see when it was that I quit... I am no longer counting or anything close to it.
over a year and a half, not one single puff.


From the initial weeks of craving 99.99% of the time, I reckon I now crave about 0.01% of the time. Occasionally I get a silly urge but I've learned to ditch it and not obsess over it. Fresh air and health is much nicer than fumes.
Keep it up people, it only gets better and easier.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:29 AM   #460
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I just had to look back to page 25 on this thread to see when it was that I quit... I am no longer counting or anything close to it.
over a year and a half, not one single puff.


From the initial weeks of craving 99.99% of the time, I reckon I now crave about 0.01% of the time. Occasionally I get a silly urge but I've learned to ditch it and not obsess over it. Fresh air and health is much nicer than fumes.
Keep it up people, it only gets better and easier.
Good job Ontic

I am into day 18 now smoke free !!! I miss it but not as much as I thought I might. I walked through a Casino the other day and the smell of the cigarette smoke sent a rush of temptation through me, just as that was happening a fellow walked by me with an oxygen pack on his back with the hoses running into his nose....that sight quickly quelled my desire for a smoke! .... the timing was almost eerie.
I know it is still way to early to claim victory but I am already starting to feel and breath better.
Yesterday I realized that I still carry a lighter in my pocket, had to use it for a non-cigarette purpose. My wife asked me why I would still carry a lighter.....I don't know!
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:30 AM   #461
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Going well Manybike, keep it up.

For you, another Churchill quote:

When I was 18, I couldn't believe how much my parents didn't know. When I was 21, I couldn't believe how much they had learnt in 3 years.

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Thanks for sharing, he had some good ones.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:04 AM   #462
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Congrats for those of you that have quit.

For those still struggling, don't give up. That commercial is right; better to quit after the second or third try than give up after one attempt. It took me two serious attempts (and many half-hearted attempts) to quit. I quit for a few years the first time, but made the mistake of puffing on cigars. That brought it all back with a vengence. My second serious attempt was at the request of my wife. She told me the only thing she wanted for her birthday was me to quit smoking, and would accept nothing else. The thought of taking that gift back has become a mental stronghold for me.

Years later, the difference between myself and my smoking friends is obvious. Hunting camp in the morning sounds like a bunch of guys choking to death; cough cough, spit spit, cough spit. I just go make some coffee while they hack away.

Never give up...
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:56 PM   #463
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I have now reached 3 weeks without a smoke....so far so good and starting to feel good!

Hey all, it is your stories of success on this thread that has helped me...thanks!
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:35 PM   #464
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31 days smoke free !!!

So far so good, and $175.00 in my bike farkle jar.

Merry xmas all!
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:49 AM   #465
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Keep up the fight guys

Just like to pass on my encouragement to all of you who are taking up the challenge, I gave up smoking nearly 20 years ago one of the milestones in my life no matter how hard it gets guys keep up the fight its worth every bit in the long run. I'm now free to enjoy life without being ransomed by an addiction that stuffs up any real chance of fitness, at 52 years old I'm probably fitter than I was at 30 and free to enjoy everything life has to offer.
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