Rachel of Leeds
Rachel came to see Julie in January 2007. Six months later, in
June, this is what she wrote:
had been a smoker since the age of 18 and smoking as much as 30-a-day by my mid 20s. On three occasions I had
given up for nearly a year but would always weaken and give in. Over the last few years I had been getting
chest infections each time I got a cold/cough and friends commented on the cough I always had. I felt guilty
about the expense in terms of money and health. I wanted to be free of cigs but with all of my friends smoking
it felt impossible.
had thought about hypnosis but had worried that I would end up using a bogus practitioner. So, when I spotted
Julie’s leaflet in the doctors’ surgery I thought that they wouldn’t recommend unqualified
the phone Julie was reassuring and helpful and there was no pressure.
On 24th January 2007, age 32 I
has to be one of the most intense experiences of my life and I will admit that on the way under I felt a little
panicky. (My husband tells me that for days later I wandered around chilled out and carefree - I’m normally a
left sceptical. The first two weeks were hard but only because I kept thinking 'I’m gonna crack.' But that
soon became, 'When am I gonna crack?' to 'I don’t think I am going to crack.' People I know said it was expensive but I
recouped the money in 3 months, and I’m now £25 per week better off.
have been to the pub and admittedly I wanted to test the whole thing last week; I needed to know I had really
broken the whole cycle. After a few pints I pinched a cig to see if I could smoke it (when I had given up in the
past all it took was getting past the disgusting taste of my first cig and I was hooked again).
I now know for certain I will NEVER smoke
again. Three drags and my whole body screamed 'Yuck. Put it out!' My unconscious beat my
have a fantastic sense of smell, not a single cough, cold or chest infection this winter, my children say I
smell nicer. Most importantly, for ladies out there worried they would put on weight, I found that I have
lost a few pounds because I am more healthy and active. For friends, July 1st is a day that looms
over them but I keep thinking how nice it will be to sit in a smoke-free pub.
Thank you, Julie."
Julie's comment: I wouldn't recommend
anyone trying a cigarette to "see if it worked." It is a habit so of course, if you wanted you could get right
back to it - but why would you want to?