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Quitting smoking using Allen Carr’s Easyway To Quit Smoking Method – Dawn Sanheim

August 2012

From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide Director, Allen Carr’s Easyway

It’s great to hear from so many people who use Allen Carr’s Easyway throughout the world. The endless pages of testimonials which are left on our website tell their own story (there are thousands and thousands of them).

Having said that – it’s even more wonderful when we receive even more detailed information about those who quit smoking with us.

My name is Dawn Sanheim and I had been a pack-a-day smoker since I was 16 years old. I’m 44 now. I had quit smoking once using a prescription medication, but unfortunately, my Brother-in-Law was involved in a motorcycle accident and the stress of that sent me right back to cigarettes.
I hadn’t learned how to handle that kind of stress. I remember thinking, “just this one, that’s it!” Soon (as you guessed) I was borrowing cigarettes off friends and eventually ended up buying half packs and throwing them away when I was feeling guilty, but it quickly progressed back to a pack a day.

Four years later I had a life changing event. My first Granddaughter….I met her on December 4, 2006. It’s true what they say about Grandkids….”It’s too bad you can’t have them first”. My whole world changed. I couldn’t have imagined the love I would have for such a beautiful little person.

Shortly after she came along though my daughter moved out of the area I live in and I wasn’t able to see her very often. A couple years went by and she finally decided to move back, Melody was 2. As I spent more and more time with her, I realized I wanted to spend more and more time with her. But I quickly learned that if I was smoking I couldn’t/wouldn’t be around her for her own health and safety. I was taking away that special time with my beautiful granddaughter for something that could ultimately take my life and end our lifetime together… incredibly selfish of me.

I decided enough was enough! I wasn’t going to miss another cherished memory with my granddaughter.
I had heard about Allen Carr’s quit smoking book from a co-worker and thought…”why not, it can’t hurt”. Well, it was the best $20 I’ve ever spent. I read the book and haven’t smoked since….that was over 2 years ago. I never ever get cravings or feel like having a cigarette, I’m rarely ever unwell, I smell nice 🙂 , and now when I see my granddaughter we get to spend every minute together….laughing, giggling and having fun.
In fact, I’m about to go on a 12 hour car ride with her and couldn’t be more excited.

We are making memories that she and I will have for the rest of our lives. 28 years after my first cigarette I finally feel that I am completely free. There is no a doubt in my mind that I will never smoke again. No longer do I have that rancid smell following me around embarrassing me, no more cleaning filthy ashtrays, no more looking like a fool standing outside in the freezing cold puffing away, no more planning my day around a cigarette. My days are all for me now. I feel incredibly confident that my days of smoking are all behind me and I will forever be thankful for Allen Carr for bringing me such insight.

My life has changed so incredibly in the last couple years and it all began with a book. Thank you! On another note….I just finished reading ‘Lose Weight Now’ about a week and a half ago and have lost 8 lbs 🙂 Here I go again….on my way to success.


We never tire of hearing stories about how those who attend Allen Carr’s Easyway To Quit Smoking Centers or read the books quit smoking. For information on getting help to quit smoking – easily and without having to suffer and feel like you’ve quit anything or feel like you’ve quit smoking – contact your nearest center.