Interview by Brenda Chilvers, Te Hā Pūkenga Manaaki / Smokefree Support
It’s been quite a journey to become smokefree but Lindi has done it!
Smokefree for ten weeks now and not going back! This time it’s different. Really different……!
Lindi has been experimenting with the notion of quitting for eight years and has tried it all; patches, gum, lozenges, vaping and Champix.
An accumulation of motivating factors drove this final attempt, from a close family member whose medical history caused her to think more seriously about theirs and her own health, her mokopuna saying “Nan give up smoking” finally hit the mark.
WHAT’S SO DIFFERENT THIS TIME?
Lindi was “sick of being sick” mostly during the winter months, 2 bronchitis attacks brought on bouts of coughing which would wake her in the night.
WHAT DO YOU NOTICE NOW THAT YOU HAVE QUIT?
“The heaviness in my chest is gone, its nothing like it used to be.”
Encouraging comments from people over time, shortening the goals like no smoking during the day, putting aside the same amount of money spent on tobacco $60 for rollies now means $60 in savings. Champix was good if I had it with food and I use nicotine replacement (NRT) gum when I have a wine.
Recognise the stressors and deal with them on the spot, don’t let them build up otherwise they become insurmountable and it becomes too much.
Smoking is “JUST NOT AN OPTION anymore“. I have taken up Aqua fit, I wash the car by hand and I am making a concerted effort to do more exercise”.
“I wish I had given up twenty years ago, don’t wait till you become unwell and have to give up, it’s not that hard! Once I made up my mind, it really wasn’t that hard.
GREAT JOB LINDI!