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Stories from our Community

Annie Bowers

I am over 187 days quit!

— Annie Bowers

I started smoking when I was 18.  I distinctly remember driving home from Park City Mall and saying to myself, “if I inhale, do you think I’d get addicted?”   Fast forward a couple of decades and yes, I was addicted.  I quit 4 brief times, one for each child, but soon I went back to it.  My husband smoked too.

I decided to quit in December of 2014.  I was using mindfulness and using skills to cope with unpleasant emotions.  I carefully thought out my plan, I immersed myself in smoking cessation-used the PA Quitline, brochures from the American Lung Association, nicotine patches and CD’s.  However, something was missing.  I was reading the newspaper one day and saw an ad from Freedom From Smoking offered by Lebanon Family Health Services at the YMCA.  How wonderful-that was the missing link!  The Freedom From Smoking program would help me be held accountable and attend every week.

 

Listening to the instructor’s tips and learning from the others in the class was very helpful.  The instructor was kind, caring and supportive.  She assured us it could be done.  Today I am over 187 days quit!

 

The Freedom From Smoking skills, the nicotine patch, lollipops and hard candy helped me a lot.   I used the deep breathing and relaxation techniques learned in class.  Each day I got a little bit better.  I re-read my Freedom From Smoking literature every day to keep it fresh in my mind and I go for walks in the evenings- my trigger time.

 

There are still times when I crave a cigarette but when I do, I use my “stop” techniques, lollipops and the skills learned in the class.  The support of the instructor and my fellow participants was the most important key to quitting.

 

I now live in a non-smoking apartment and walked a 5K with my friends.  I feel proud of my accomplishments and I thank everyone at Lebanon Family Health Services and my classmates for all they have done to help me!


Jenny Schifflet

Bringing SARCC and LFHS together for the good of the community

Who can forget our sitting down and trying to determine how we would get SARCC and LFHS to come together to better serve the communities? I never would have thought it would have been as easy as it has been.

Read Jenny’s story

REMINDER:

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PARENTING CLASS WILL NOT BE MEETING THIS WEEK (3/28) AND NEXT WEEK (4/4).

 

Class will resume on Thursday April 11 for session #3 and April 18 for session #4.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call Holly at (717) 273-6741 ext. 310.

  • Spring into good health!

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    STI Walk-In Day

    Monday April 15, 12-5

    *All participants will receive a $20 gift card

     

  • 2019 “Be The One” Parenting Class Series

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    2019 Schedule now available.

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    Call (717) 273-6741 ext. 310