I had been smoking for more than 15 years, and I knew it was time to stop. My lungs hurt, and every morning I was coughing up brown and black yuck.
I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and spent my whole paycheck on patches, fake cigarettes and hard candy. I was stocked up for months, and I still wasn't sure it would be enough. I was determined to see it through though, and even after a couple of hours I had felt like I could breath better.