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Sarah, how are you doing in your quest to breathe fresh, clean air? Have you encountered any stumbling blocks, or are you zooming in on your two-month mark soon?

 

We're all rooting for you, you know!


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Well, I have hit one wall...I got really stressed a couple of days ago and I smoked 2 that day, but I have gone back on the gum and havn't had anymore slips...I still think I am doing good, 2 in a month isn't bad. I felt really bad for slipping and it also made me really sick, so I don't think I will be doing it anymore. I am also starting to have really bad heartburn, and the usual antacids aren't stopping it anymore, so my RA doctor has me taking some over the counter acid blockers, but other than that I am doing really good. Thanks to everyone on here for checking on me and worrying about me, it means a lot. You guys are so sweet. I will catch you up when I know more.

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Way to go, Sarah! I bet that slip (and getting sick after it!) really strengthened your resolve. Sorry to hear about the GERD though - that's truly lousy timing for it to get worse with BBQ season in full swing! ;) The best ever BBQ I had came from Muskogee!

 

Stay cool in the hot weather and just remember, smoking adds heat.

 

 

Hugs,


Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

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International Scleroderma Network

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Hi Sarah,

 

Congratulations on your progress! It's exciting that you learned from your little slip, and went back on the gum. Learning from our experiences is the most important of all. I quit at least 200 times before I had a lasting quit -- but I learned something from every attempt until finally it all came together. Same with you -- you're determined and you are learning and you are sticking to it, and that is what matters. One of my pitfalls in learning to quit was that I would get overly discouraged and cash it all in when I had a slip, instead of realizing that a little slip can be a last slip, if we don't over-react to it.

 

Here's some flowers for your fresh lease on life! :flowers:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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Hi Sarah

 

You're doing great...and when it makes you feel sick like that, you'll be less likely to slip again...been there, done that too! I quit 21 years ago. Won't be long now and you'll think it stinks too, funny how we never notice that when we are smoking but really notice it when we quit. Keep up that strong attitude about quitting and you'll do just that, after all, you are already half way there! :VeryHappy:


Sending good wishes your way!

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