If I feel like smoking, I just pop a lozenge in my mouth and pick up the knitting needles!
Knitting animals, a hobby I have just started again recently, has kept me busy and my mind off cigarettes for the past month.
My name is Sonya Marris and I started smoking when I was just 10-years-old. My brother and I would sneak under the house and smoke cigarettes, and eventually my sister joined in too.
Growing up, the habit continued and I ended up smoking about 20 rollies a day and spending about $80 a week. I enjoyed the habit and never thought of it as an issue.
I have stopped smoking a few times, but a stressful situation would always lead me right back to it.
I knew I needed to stop because my breathing was getting bad and I didn’t like the smell of cigarettes anymore. My brother and sister have both stopped smoking and I thought it was my turn!
I weened myself down to six smokes a day until eventually I stopped completely. Throughout my stop smoking journey, I got in touch with Quitline who referred me on to the Southern Stop Smoking Service.
The coach came to visit me, which I found very helpful. I enjoyed the talking, the motivation, and the steps we went through to help me remain smoke free. It would have been much harder without the coach involved.
I’ve been smoke free now for over a month. I actually found it quite easy to stop and now I don’t miss it at all. I suffer from cerebral palsy epilepsy and I have found that I have better circulation in my hand now, my breathing is better, I am not having to use my inhaler as often, and I’m saving lots of money!
I’m also proud to have motivated two other people – one is smoke free and the other is giving it a go! I’m so pleased to be smoke free!