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Hello everyone. I have just now signed up to join in the discussions and I have a question. I have smoked for 50 years. I did quite in 2007 for 3 years using the nicotine replacement therapy. From my quit date until I started smoking almost to the day 3 years later I did not smoke one cigarette. And amazingly after the second day of quiting had NO cravings at all. During the 3 years that I was not smoking, I and my husband had some very tough life changing things happen. 3 months after quitting we had to send our little dog to the rainbow bridge. In May of 2008 I had to have major surgery. On July 1 of 2008 my husband had to have a heart transplant and was in hospital for 7 weeks and almost died the second week in and had to go on an artificial heart machine. July 30th. a wonderful family during their time of grief donated the gift of life, a new heart and my husband had his transplant. In July of 2010 it was discovered that he had colon cancer. Because of the immunosuppression medications he is on cancer can be very fast growing. This prognosis terrified me so much that I had that 1 cigarette and there ended my sucess of not smoking. Thankfully his cancer was stage 1 into stage 2 and he has been cancer free for 5 years now. His heart is in amazing shape 7 years on. I count my blessings everyday for my husbands amazing recovery from both of these major life altering events.
I'm sorry this post has turned into a novel,. For some reason I obviously needed to vent....hehe.....Now for my question and the main reason I signed up to this board.
I have severe COPD and other major health issues and just can't stop smoking. I have tried and tried for 5 years now using the patch with NO success. I also BTW have no willpower when it comes to quiting this time. I am now, if my Doctors approves me tomorrow, going to try champix. Has any one here used champix who has COPD? If so has it affected your COPD and made it worse while taking champix? K, that's it for me hehe, Many thanks for taking the time to read my TMI post. LOL
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