Cara Bissonnette, from White Rock, BC was a smoker for over 40 years. On January 2, 2017 she made the decision to quit. She shared with us her smoking history, her motiviation to take on this challenge, and the support she receieved throughout.
I started smoking at 12 years old (yes, that's right), and have been a smoker ever since - for more than 40 years. I tried to quit many times over the past 15 years. I was constantly struggling with the knowledge that smoking was bad for me, yet my addiction always won over in the end and I would return to smoking.
My father passed away at the age of 56 from lung cancer. He was a very heavy smoker - 3 packs a day. When he died, I immediately tried to quit, but that only lasted a few weeks as I didn't have the support like I do now.
About 10 years ago, my mother, who also smoked, developed COPD. She can barely breathe now and is on the verge of needing oxygen. Once this happened, she begged me to keep trying to quit. In turn, I kept telling myself over and over I had to find a way to beat this!
I have a wonderful 22 year old son, and I have two beautiful Siberian Huskies who I now mush with. We get outside every day in the fresh air. It was when I started mushing that I realized my breathing wasn't the greatest. I finally knew the time was coming for me make the commitment to really kick this addiction.
On January 2, 2017, I finally made the decision to quit smoking. With the support of the QuitNow website, their very helpful coaches, friends and family, I am now officially on Day 12 of my quit. I opted for the Nicotine Patches which work amazingly well. I have pretty much zero cravings and I just feel wonderful! I can already breath better, I don't smell like smoke anymore, and now when I get outside with my dogs on the trail I can last a lot longer than I did in the past.
Thank you QuitNow for being such an amazing support system for me. The Forum on their website is a place I can go to talk to other people who have made the decision to change their life and quit smoking. I honestly don't think I could have managed without this great support system in place!
Life is too short to waste it waiting for cancer or other smoking-related illnesses to creep up on me. I want to LIVE and I am very proud to call myself a "Non-Smoker" now!