Elizabeth

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What made you decide to join Yorkshire Smokefree?

I had a smokers cough, health concerns and the cost of cigarettes increases all the time.

Tell us about your experience of the health issue(s) that meant you needed our services

I developed COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

What has the reaction of the Yorkshire Smokefree team been to your situation?

They were great. All the staff have been very helpful and supportive.

What have the Yorkshire Smokefree team done for you? How have they helped?

They set up weekly appointments and the text messages have been helpful too.

What were the most positive changes you made to your lifestyle?

My speech has really improved and I have much more confidence in myself now.

What did you find most difficult? And how did you overcome it?

The champix tablets affected my sleep but knowing that my health was improving kept me going.

What health benefits/ improvements in your life have you had since stopping smoking?

It has helped to slow down my COPD.

How was stopping smoking changed your life?

I now have more money to buy clothes, treat my grandkids and go on holiday!

Is there anything trust services could have done differently or better for you?

No!

Has anything in particular helped you through your problem? (e.g. attending a support group, exercise, volunteering, art, gardening etc.) Can you tell us more about this?

I have continued to attend meetings on a monthly basis which has helped me to maintain my quit.

Is there anything that you feel particularly proud of, that you may not have been able to do before you received support from Trust services?

I had a stammer previously but now I can breathe better and my speech is much better.

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