Since I was diagnosed with PAD last month - Peripheral Arterial Disease, a narrowing of an artery that suppplies blood to the legs, I have promised myself that I would give up smoking and adopt a healthier eating pattern soon after my summer holiday in Chania, Crete. Adopting a healthier eating pattern wasn't difficult but giving up smoking was. Following a medical test and questionnaire, my GP said I was moderately addicted to smoking. She decided to give me medication which would help me give up smoking and get rid of the addiction to nicotine. I have been taking NICOPASS 1,5 mg for about a month which helped greatly.
However, I need to be honest. I did smoke 2 cigarettes and felt miserable about it. I shouldn't have smoked these cigarettes!. Today, my GP said I shouldn't be feeling guilty and added that smoking 2 cigarettes in more than a month meant that I no longer needed cigarettes! She's right! Cutting down on smoking isn't a solution. You have to give it up completely but you also need support both from doctors and family. I feel lucky to have this support, especially from my husband who has even given up smoking the odd cigar. What really saddens me is the attitude of some "friends" who would treat me as a second-rate citizen when I smoked my 40 cigarettes a day!
Surely, giving up smoking isn't easy - not when you are addicted - but judging from my own experience it's all in the mind.