The possibility of not receiving the hip surgery I so desperately need was the motivation I needed to kick my habit of over 50 years.
I started smoking when I was 16. Like most people say, smoking was normal then – my father smoked, my five siblings smoked. I’m proud to say we have all given up now!
Back then, I really thought I could drop it any time I liked. Life went on and I continued smoking because I enjoyed it. They were really cheap then too. We all had jobs so money wasn’t really an issue.
I’ve smoked my entire life. It became ingrained into my lifestyle before I’d even realised it had happened. I smoked tailor-made cigarettes for years but when they started to become more expensive I switched to roll-your-owns.
I tried to stop smoking on numerous occasions but it turned out I couldn’t stop as easy as I thought I could. Nothing ever worked – I even tried hypnosis. The longest I stopped was probably a couple of weeks.
My motivation came when I was told last year that I couldn’t get hip surgery until I stopped smoking. I’m in desperate need of a hip replacement! One of the nurses at my medical practice put me in touch with the Southern Stop Smoking Service and I was put in touch with the Otago coach, who started visiting me at home.
The coach was helpful and encouraged and motivated me. She was positive, which in turn helped me to remain positive.
As it turns out I was allergic to the patches, so instead of using NRT, I opted for vaping. I had already cut down to only about 5 cigarettes a day by that point so I found the switch quite easy. Now I’m looking forward to coming off the vape.
I have had one or two cigarettes since I stopped smoking 7 months ago, but it turns out I don’t actually like smoking now.
I am now looking forward to my hip surgery, which I have now been told will happen in the very near future.