Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I just found a reason to Quit Smoking

I am a smoker. Yep, I admit it. I smoke cigarrettes. I have always quit for pregnancies, but baring the nearly 3 years I was pregnant total, I have been smoking for 15 years. I have tried quitting in the past. Usually around the 3 or 4 month mark, soemthing will happen that sends my stress levels into the atmosphere, and my will will break and I go back to the cancer sticks. I know the risks I am taking. I know I am addicted. I know I should quit for my health, but sometimes, that isn't a feasible reason to me. I'm sure lung cancer vicitms and survivors are rolling in their graves and cursing my name (respectively of course) already. But it's my truth.

Today I found my reason to quit and stick with it. Eight-thousand reasons, actually.

If I quit smoking, I can donate my reproductive eggs to facilities who help women who cannot have children with their own. There are quite a few reputable Clinics in Connecticut who will pay non- smokers quite well for their eggs. $8,000 per cycle to be exact!

Now, let me calrify a few things. First of all, I am done having children. I don't want anymore, nor does Hubby, and so he got fixed. I am good to go, however, reproduction-wise. I am a very fertile woman. All it takes is Hubby looking at me funny and I would be able to get pregnant. Seriously. I am not doing anything with my left-over eggs, excppet expelling them naturally every 28 days. What a waste. There are thousands of women out in the world, millions probably, who for some reason or another, cannot reproduce. And ya know what? They want children - badly. Who am I, to deny a fellow woman the right to do the one thing she couldn't do otherwise? I have know a few women who have recieved InVitro Fertilization from donated eggs and their husband's sperm. They have had healthy, normal, beautiful children. It's wonderful what modern science can do. I would be more than happy to give my eggs to a woman who could use them. I know I am not using them, after all. And the best part? I would be compensated for this. Quite a large amount of money, in fact. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved!

So, even though it is Thanksgiving Eve, I now have my New Year's Resolution. I am going to quit smoking. I am going to find out how long I have to have quit in order to be eligible to be tested to give my eggs. Hopefully I will be able to do this. By this time next year, I could be helping women to concieve children. And get a nice little chuck of change in return for my fetility.

This may sound glib to some of you, horrendous to others, but I am feeling quite strongly about it. I hope it works out....

4 flame(s) added to the fire:

Bilingual Blah Girl said...

I think you've found a good reason. Although really, any reason to quit smoking is a good one. Thankfully, I've never tried smoking and don't plan to. So I hope you succeed at quitting and can donate your eggs for a good cause, so to speak.

BTW, your new template looks really beautiful! I liked the old one, too, but this is ... I don't know, very dark and elegant, IMO. The weatherpixie's cute, too.

Laurie said...

I've quit lots of times.. what finally worked for me was Zyban (wellbutrin); it was like a miracle drug. There was also a website that helped me immensely in the first rough weeks of quitting - check it out at Good luck! (And at $5/pack, think of how much $ you'll save, too!)

As for the egg donation thing, I think that's wonderful. Go for it. I would do it myself, but I think I'm above the age limit.. my eggs are too old :-(

marlboroman2004 said...

this is what you do... Donate some eggs. then start back smoking again. Have you quit yet?

Anonymous said...

As a woman who has undergone 7 years of infertility treatments and many losses, I am thankful that there are people like you who are willing to do something so wonderful. And, if it helps you in the long run as well, that is great!
Good luck!