Other than family birthdays, our anniversary and Thanksgiving – July 24th is the day on my mental calendar that stands out more than any other. It’s the day I took my life back. It’s the day I quit chewing tobacco.
It’s been 15 years since I took my last dip. In some ways that seems like an eternity and in others it seems like it was yesterday. I’ve talked in detail about my addiction on these ‘July 24th’ posts in the past so I won’t rehash them. That said, I’m always open to talk so if you’d like to chat I’m happy to.
I’d be lying if I said this last year was easy… stress has led many people back to their addictions and boy did we have stress this past year. A little global pandemic will do that. But I’m proud to say that I never once considered turning to tobacco. This is in large part to my support network at KillTheCan.org. Without those men and women I’d still be lost in a habit that consumed nearly two decades of my life. Thank you.
Special thanks to my wife for putting up with me… not just through years of being a tobacco user but in general. I’m a handful and she’s a saint to deal with me and three boys. Love you Mama.
Day 5,480 / 14 Years – Never Again