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Woman uses Smoking Cessation audio to break 42 year addiction.

14 Jun
Be of stout heart, you smokers out there who despair of ever quitting! Read Terri’s story, a smoker since she was ten years old and thoroughly, hopelessly addicted to cigarettes..
Dear BR,
I started smoking when I was 10 years old. Now, at 52, my voice is a smoker’s voice and the wrinkles on my face are a smoker’s wrinkles. I’d tried to quit 3 or 4 times before but just couldn’t stick with it. (My husband is a respiratory therapist, who had been after me to quit for decades.)

I don’t know if you remember, but you interviewed me when you were making the smoking tape, way back when. I helped you make the imagery, telling you about what it’s like to be hopelessly addicted. But I was not ready to use it myself until last year, when I was starting to develop some telltale symptoms of COPD.

Every day, 5 or 6 times a day, at the times I would normally take a break and smoke, I go walking with my Walkman and you! We walk and walk together, Belleruth. At home we hang out together too, especially after a meal or when I’m anxious or upset about something. On goes the headset.

Oddly enough, I’m okay without the cigarettes. I thought this would be impossible, but it’s not. You and I will be walking together for a while, BR., until I’m safely on the other side of this habit. Thanks.

Terri Quinlan (remember?)
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award