Congrats on being smoke free and finding vaping to be a suitable and enjoyable alternative. Like you, my health has improved in many ways since quitting smoking 10+ years ago. I am grateful to the vaping community and THIS mixing community for so many reasons.

Keep on keepin’ on !!


I’m going to do this all over again. Its been a few years since I’ve been around much and lots of things have happened. In October of 2018, husband had lost his job and we made the decision to move from CA to UT where he’s originally from. After getting here, covid hit, and he still couldn’t find a job. Stupid me picked up the stinkies again and pretended to vape while only at work. This lasted until July of 2022 when I decided it was time to quit again. Quitting wasn’t too bad with disposables around. Here’s where things get interesting… August comes and I feel like crap. Thinking maybe I had covid and just fatigue, my right should hurt like hell, so I went to an urgent care. Covid negative, flu negative, Dr. said probably a irritated nerve in my shoulder, so he gave me a steroid shot and sent me on my way. That weekend my fever spiked to 104.5. Thinking he missed something, rotated Tylenol and IBU and fever was controlled. That Wednesday, I decided to go see my regular Dr. She just kept shaking her head and saying “something is wrong, but I can’t pinpoint it.” After a while she asked me to put my chin down to my chest, and I couldn’t. She immediately told me to go to the ER to be transported to a nearby hospital. I don’t remember much after the ride and some Dr. asking if I was one of those people who novacane took forever to work on (I’m pretty sure this was when they took the spinal fluid). When I finally get conscious and talk to the Dr. Yep, bacterial meningitis. Almost died. During this whole 3-4 days I was hallucinating about my husband and daughter being alone. Was crazy to say the least. Well 8 days in the hospital, they send me home weak as hell. At this point I have infection in my upper back that will not consolidate, but I have a nice pic line to do antibiotics at home. After 2 days at home, my left leg gives out, I sit around for a day, PT comes to the house and makes me call an ambulance to come get me. Grrrrrrrrr. So back I go to the hospital, get MRI, CT, infection isn’t going anywhere. Decide they have to dose me in the ICU for 4 days. Because nothing is consolidated they don’t want to do surgery. They finally get me on an antibiotic that works, back to regular hospital room for 8 more days. My left leg is so weak I can’t walk on my own. I have numb spots all over my body from apparent nerve damage (no one can really tell me why/where), but I’m alive. I made them get PT in there so I could get out of that bed. I finally get to go home, not knowing if I’d ever really walk again on my own. PT comes to my house 3 days a week and I fought like hell. After about a month I could get around pretty well with a walker. In November I go into work to see everyone and I tell my boss I cannot sit at home anymore. I’m an assistant manager in a big box hardware store. I figure they are going to make me step down or quit. My boss says “I don’t care if you come back in a wheelchair.” Thats all I needed. After a few months of hobbling around with a walker, I retired that and went to a cane. And about June of 2023 I started leaving the cane in the truck. At this point I have neuropathy in my feet, still some weird numb spots all over my body. I still have weakness in my back and legs, but its getting better every day. I know now that I never have to pick up stinkies again. If I can go through all that and not pick them up, then I’m done. I’ve been using disposables until about a month ago, I decided to finally get all my mixing stuff out of boxes and dig out my rda’s. Here I am mixing again and I hope to never stop. New quit date 7/1/2022!


That story is a nightmare! I’m glad you seem to be on the mend and off the stinkies. Was there any questions about the steroid shot? Could you have had a reaction to it?


Thanks for sharing this. You’ve gone and are going through some tough stuff. So glad you are healing and got off the stinkies. And thrilled you are getting back into mixing.


I am 4 weeks smoke free as of friday because i went fully vape


@Mad-smith Congratulations! :partying_face: :tada:


Congratulations on choicing a safer alternative to Tobacco use.


Congrats on being smoke-free :tada:


Fantastic. Glad you are smoke free. Vaping is the one thing that has kept me smoke free for more than 10 years. Celebrate your accomplishment. Being smoke free is HUGE !!


I realized i haven‘t shared my stoy here.

I started vaping in December 2015, before that, i smoed a pack per day since 1996.

So i got this new job and my co-worker was already vaping.
It always smelled really good so i asked if i can try

I was amazed by the taste (i think it was forrest fruit and menthol, french liquid brand called survival vape or something)

So i went to the vape store near the workplace smd bought a joyetech ego pen and blueberry liquid.
Back home i tried it for the first time and i knew in that exact moment, that this will work to get me off the cigs and since that day I’ve never touched a cig again.

I giot really interested in all things vaping, bought dozens of mods, rda and rta… then in 2016 started my first experiments with diy
I became one the mods on our national vape forum and although the forum got closed and restarted, i stayed moderator to this day