Thyroid Disease Information Source

I found this site and thought it was worth mentioning. I have an appointment with an Endocrinologist on February 2, 2009. Then we will know why I have a Vitamin D deficiency, (even when taking huge supplements) and why my parathyroid is sky high. I am just hoping for the best.

Thyroid Disease Information Source — Bestselling Books, News, Information on Living Well With Hypothyroidism, Autoimmune Disease, Thyroid Diet, Home Page of Mary Shomon.

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Coming Soon: One Year Without a Cigarette

On November 19, 2007 it was the ‘Great American Smokeout‘ and I had decided to try once again to quit smoking.  I didn’t think I would make it through the day but I was doing something different this time. I had decided to try Chantix.

Now you may be asking yourself, wait a minute, that was over a year ago. What happened?

Well, I was doing fantastic. Not smoking, cravings weren’t bad, so I decided to quit taking the Chantix. That’s typical of me. I find something that works and I quit doing it. Kind of like walking with my dog for 30 minutes every day. I felt great when I did that so I quit doing that! Why? Who knows.

Anyway, back to quitting smoking with Chantix. I quit taking it and 18 days later I was smoking again and it happened to be on January 1, 2008. I thought that was funny too. I started smoking on New Year’s Day. Most people quit on New Years. So, January 2, 2008 I smoked my last cigarette at 10:00 a.m. on my way to a Doctor appointment that had been scheduled a while back to discuss my Osteoporosis. As it turned out, we discussed that and my quitting smoking. He gave me a new Rx for Chantix and sent me on my way. I started on the Chantix again immediately and haven’t smoked a cigarette since. I have been off the Chantix since April, 2008 and I am happy to say, I am somewhat sane and still smoke free.

Yes indeed, I am a living miracle. It is almost as if I never smoked and it’s almost as if I never quit. Does that make sense? After smoking two packs a day for 27 years it’s hard for me to truly believe that I am a non-smoker. After this long without a cigarette, it’s hard for me to believe that I ever smoked at all. It’s very strange. I am looking forward to my one year anniversary without a cigarette. I am so thankful for all the support and encouragement from my children and family and friends.  I do have my moments when all I want to do is light up once again, but it does pass eventually. Don’t believe them when they tell you the cravings only last a few seconds and then pass. Some of mine have been days of crying and cursing, wanting some relief. It is God’s grace that has gotton me this far.

I have had many dreams where I smoke and I am always so relieved when I wake up and realize it was just a dream. That is how this last year has been for me, a dream, but a happy one!


Cravings Never Go Away-The Non-Smoking Journey Continues

Cravings Never Go Away-The Non-Smoking Journey Continues…

Okay, here goes nothing. I haven’t written for so long I think I may have forgotten how. I am still smoke-free and it has been …hang on a minute, I have to go check my calculator for how many days now. I know it has been 9 months, but not sure on the days… 294 days, 1 hour, 57 minutes and 9 seconds. Well now that is pretty awesome isn’t it?

Tough decisions we make.

Tough decisions we make.

My weight is still the same, no more, no less. I am still taking the Thyroid medicine and now have added Lipitor, 40mg, for my Cholesterol. Uggggh! Being in denial about my health was so much easier, and cheaper. Of course, denial allowed me to continue to slowly kill myself with cigarettes. Not where I am really at now a days.

Being a non-smoker is pretty wild:

  • I can complete a project without hurrying through it so I can go get my fix, i.e. scrapbooking.
  • I can go on a trip in a car with non-smokers and not feel bad for making them pull over every two hours so I can get my nicotine fix.
  • I can walk in the woods with my camera and take pictures and not have to keep taking breaks to get my nicotine fix.
  • I can be totally relaxed in the movie theater and watch the entire movie without trying to figure out how I can go out and get my nicotine fix.
  • I can just BE. I can BE in the moment, BE where I am, BE who I am, BE with my children, BE with my Dad, BE with my friends. I can just BE for hours and hours of sweet, relaxing, peaceful, and serene joy.

It sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well, it is great. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my moments of cravings, the “deep in the pit of my stomach, gonna die if I don’t have a cigarette,” type of cravings. That was only about 30 days ago. So, yes, cravings never go away, it just goes into a sort of remission and from time to time it will rear it’s ugly head again.

I have thoughts about smoking probably daily but I don’t dwell on them and feed them by focusing on how great it would be to feed my addiction one last time. When I have a thought, I push it out of my mind as fast as I can so I can move on to the next thought that is about something else all together.

This will be a lifetime process I am sure. I just hope the thoughts aren’t quite as frequent, like every day. Every other day will be good. It has slowed down some, it was every minute in the beginning. I am still very grateful that I had Chantix to help me through those times. It helped me until I could help myself. It was a miracle drug and I have no regrets for using it. I feel blessed that I could take it and not suffer from the side effects that some people have been through.

But for the Grace of God go I…

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…a New Beginning-Twelve Step Recovery Card w/envelope

…a New Beginning Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

Inside Verse: “Inside Verse: "…Congratulations! May your days be full of ‘New Beginnings’."”

This is one of ten ‘Recovery’ Series Cards featuring my original fine art photos. Some of the cards will have a verse inside and some will be blank note cards. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this or other items!

Each note card features a 4×6 fine art photograph mounted on a 5×6.5 note card made from sturdy white cardstock. The 4×6 photos are professionally printed and white envelopes are included.

The Promises-Twelve Step Recovery Card w/Envelope

The Promises Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

Inside Verse: “…May all the promises come true in your life. Congratulations on your recovery!" ” This is one of ten ‘Recovery’ Series Cards I am doing with my photos. Some of the cards will have a verse inside and some will be blank note cards. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this or other items!

Each note card features a 4×6 original fine art photograph mounted on a 5×6.5 note card made from sturdy white cardstock. The 4×6 photos are professionally printed and white envelopes are included.

Let Go and Let God-Recovery Card w/envelope

Let Go Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

Inside Verse: “…Remember, God doesn’t make junk!” This is one of ten ‘Recovery’ Series Cards I am doing with my photos. Some of the cards will have a verse inside and some will be blank note cards. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this or other items!

Each note card features a 4×6 original fine art photograph mounted on a 5×6.5 note card made from sturdy white cardstock. The 4×6 photos are professionally printed and white envelopes are included.

Twelve Step Recovery Cards w/Envelope

Easy Does It! Originally uploaded by EMCphotos

Inside Verse: “…but do IT!” This is one of ten ‘Recovery’ Series Cards I am doing with my photos. Some of the cards will have a verse inside and some will be blank note cards. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this or other items!

Each note card features a 4×6 original fine art photograph mounted on a 5×6.5 note card made from sturdy white cardstock. The 4×6 photos are professionally printed and white envelopes are included.