Carolyn Wesley - Testimonial

“The Reason That I Pushed to Stop Smoking.”

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Carolyn WesleyIn my past, I did alcohol, drugs, smoking, and experienced joblessness, which led to homelessness. In this most difficult crisis, I turned my life around by having faith in God, confidence in myself, and by staying connected with family, friends, and organizations who have a positive attitude and a willing mind to help me whenever needed.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. This was my last step for a reason to stop smoking. I received a phone call from Julia Whealan who stated that she was from Washington Hospital Center and a representative of the STAR program for people who want to stop smoking and asked if I would be interested in joining. I accepted with confidence and a positive and willing attitude, and I was willing to proceed with suggestions.

I took everything Ms. Julia suggested with confidence and a positive, motivated, and pleasant attitude. If there was anything around me that was negative and made me think of cigarettes, that’s when I would use nicotine lozenges, read a book, and talk on the phone or with friends. Doing those things helped me to not smoke during those times.

I quit smoking on September 18, 2022, and on the 18th of each month, I would treat myself and tell myself that I was proud by going to a movie, bowling, cooking, and gathering with friends for a celebration.

As for me, I can say that I am proud of myself for all that I have achieved during these years. Guess what? I have my own place now. My surgery turned out to be successful. I have quit the use of alcohol and drugs for 13 years now. I haven't had a pack of cigarettes in over a year. The air is fresher, your clothes are fresher, and you feel totally different. It’s great to be free from drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.

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