29 Nov 2017
21 May 2018
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I am so glad that you were able to get yourself back on track after you slipped. Way to go! I know that's not easy to do.
My breathing was terrible, too. I wheezed a lot. Any small exertion caused my heart to pound. I had a horrible smoker's cough. The whole thing was embarrassing and really scary. The good news is that since I quit 17 months ago, all of that has disappeared. My breathing is better (not perfect but better). My heart rate is normal now, and my heart doesn't pound when I climb a flight of stairs. And my smoker's cough is gone.
And you know what? My tongue is pink again, and my fingers aren't stained by tobacco. My breath is so much better, and my teeth are a bit whiter. And those are just some of the benefits of quitting.
So hang in there, chartippybum. I know some days it is harder than others, but the end result is truly worth it. And you are young enough to really reap the rewards of living a smoke free life. Your body will thank you for it in so many ways.