Kendyl: One morning I woke up, and it felt like someone was sitting on my chest.
My name is Kendyl Davis, and I started smoking when I was 9 years old. I smoked for 33 years. I knew I had to quit. I had asthma, bad breath, no energy, and I'm taking care of my 3 year old grandson. I tried quitting maybe 20 times. This time it worked. My kids helped me. I've been smoke-free for one year.
When I smoked I was moody. Cigarettes gave me that calm when I was angry or stressed. The first few days of not smoking I was having nicotine fits. I wasn't a pretty person. After a week, I was better. Now, I'm in a new world.
If you're trying to quit smoking, do whatever it takes, do a patch, chew the gum. Just don't stop quitting. It's worth it. You're worth it.
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