365 days ago I woke up at 4 in the morning with a pain I couldn’t explain. I had been hurting for a few weeks but I kept finding reasons not to do anything about it. On this morning though, something was seriously wrong but I was determined to walk it off. I got out of bed, walked into the living room and lit a cigarette. I didn’t like having the urge to smoke when I woke up and I wanted to stop but I didn’t have a plan to quit yet.
After finishing my smoke I woke up my wife and we went to the hospital where I stayed for 6 days (the full story is here). After 6 smoke free days I decided to see how long I could go without picking up the habit again. As of today I’ve made it a full year.
UPDATED: For comparison, here are photos of me as a smoker and as a non smoker.
I took the money I saved from not smoking and bought this suit (I already owned the map):