Let me start by saying that I am new to vaping...by a mere few days. I've tried a couple of "off the shelf" products at local drug stores, but NOTHING compares to the Vapor4Life kit that I just bought! I can tell that I am hooked, I have an addictive personality and I am getting that "twinge" when I see a good thing happening!
I'm a 42 year old fireman in suburban Chicago. I've been a smoker since my mid-teens. Otherwise, I live a relatively healthy lifestyle...my occupation demands it. But, my weakness towards tobacco has translated to my spouse and I'd love to see her quit with the help of Vapor4Life. She has sacrificed so much for my career and has given me a beautiful family to be proud of...I would do anything for her.
When we met (in our early twenties) I was in paramedic school and Holly was graduating with a degree in Respiratory Therapy (can you see the irony already?!?). She is from Florida originally, and had planned on taking her career back there after graduation. That is when we met...and that is when she changed her life plans. In a few short months, from March of 1995 until June of '95 we stood together and helped one another through personal tragedies; namely, my father's heart attack and her mother's battle with an abusive relationship. Through that, we knew it was meant to be. So young in love, our internal issues became shared and it drew us together in a way that I only thought happened in the movies. She would not move to Florida after all, and stayed here in Illinois because that is where I was to become a firefighter.
We were married on May 23, 1998 and in October of the next year our son Ryan was born. Holly had worked her way up the Resp Therapy ladder at a major local hospital, and in fact was the Assistant Director of Pulmonary Rehab...a program that she founded through much research and unpaid passion. We had long conversations about family, and the importance to have a full time parent available for our children if possible. We made the decision that she would resign from her career and be a stay at home mom...which is much harder than ANY occupation in the world! To supplement the loss of income, I would take secondary employment.
In the years since then she has, on and off, resumed her smoking. This was a habit that I unintentionally pawned on her during those late nights at the bar while dating. Despite the ill effects that smoking has on inside, I know that it dramatically ages the outside as well. To this day, people are always commenting on how beautiful she is. Nearly 40 now, she still is very youthful and athletic. But recent personal set backs have escalated both of our habits, and I have decided to draw the line. I am getting off the tobacco...and I am adament to help her quit as well. We started our lives together in the midst of personal tragedy, and we will conquer this together as well!
The family has extended beyond our one child. We now have four...two boys, two girls. My secondary career has changed many times, but not enought to sustain this growing brood. Holly has gone back to work, but as a secretary in the school that our kids attend. It works out well, but it's not what she wants to do. She is much bigger than that, but she always puts our families needs ahead of hers. When I mentioned to her about the e cigarettes, and she tried one of my newly acquired Titans, she really enjoyed it. I think she used it more on the first day than I! I told her we would order her a starter kit, but she balked. I know she wants it, but I think she is afraid of spending the extra money right now. With four kids, the money goes out as fast as it comes in. Her health is priceless to us all, and I don't want her to become ill because of a habit that I started her on.
She has sacrificed her home state, her career, and ambitions because she loves me that much. She loves our family that much. And I love Holly that much, that I should write this personal of a story for a perfect stranger to judge. Her life, her love, and our family mean so much to me. I would do anything to get her off of tobacco and onto an alternative that will potentially prevent some of analog's side effects. I would be so proud of her to quit...as proud as she is of me to be doing the same. We have always conquered life together...
Thanks for reading this, and I know that we all have great stories to share. Good luck to all the contestants, I'm sure the mods will have their hands full!