Tracy Dick - Proud to be a Hackney quitter
Tracy had been a smoker for 11 years - having started smoking around the age of 46, later than most of her peers. Tracy was smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day when she was referred to the Stop Smoking service in Hackney by her GP.
Tracy’s smoking began following a surgery that left her bed-ridden for months. Cigarettes became a form of ‘stress control’ which she now reflects on as:
Ultimately, it was the loss of a close friend that inspired Tracy to reflect on the value of her own health and wellbeing and the life she wanted to lead. Having that perspective allowed Tracy to view smoking for what it really is, and motivated her to quit.
Feeling the impact of her recent loss and a newfound self-awareness around her health, Tracy decided to enlist the help of the Stop Smoking Service.
After deciding to explore how the Stop Smoking service could help, Tracy began her quit journey at the Lawson Practice clinic. It was here that Tracy found the one-to-one support offered by her stop smoking advisor key to her success. Fighting through the physical and emotional challenges of the first couple of days and weeks, Tracy reflected on the positive impact of her advisor:
After discussing with her advisor, Tracy decided that the best path forward for her was not to have NRT* support and to focus more on the advice and emotional support provided through her individual sessions.
Tracy’s advice to smokers
She feels it is important for patients to remain open-minded and to choose the path that makes most sense for their individual needs: “whatever you can do to help yourself and take the advice and support and let it all help you in whichever way works for you”.
Since quitting smoking, Tracy has felt inspired to share her quit journey with others and to encourage current smokers to consider their health by taking steps toward quitting.
Since quitting, Tracy has enjoyed significant health benefits and looks forward to regaining the ability get on with life without the fear of nicotine withdrawal.
*Medication to help with addiction to nicotine called “Nicotine Replacement Therapy”
Quitting can make improvements to your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect.