I started smoking when I was a junior in college.  At the beginning I wouldn’t buy my own pack … I just bummed from whoever was smoking around me.  Bumming eventually lead to buying a pack a week at age 23 to a pack a day at age 35.  When I went and saw Leslie in September of 2014, I was wanting a cigarette (some days) every 15 minutes.  This, I knew, was becoming a serious problem.

Since my early 20’s, I really tried quitting about 3 times.  I tried the e-cig, patch, and quitting cold turkey.  I made up my mind that the procedure Leslie was doing was gonna be my last resort.  If it didn’t work for me, I was just gonna stop fighting the battle …

I am so proud to say that I have not smoked in the past 8 months.  The craziest part is: I can’t even stand to be around cigarettes at all anymore. I truly can’t believe that I smoked as long as I did considering how I feel about them now. After leaving Leslie’s office on day one, NOTHING made me want to light a cigarette. Yes, I did and sometimes still do, have to fight back the urge of actually wanting to hold that cigarette while at social events but NOTHING makes me want to light it.  I am sure, eventually, that thought will go away, too.

My only regret is that I didn’t quit sooner.  Leslie and the procedure she is doing has changed my life forever.  I cannot believe how much better I feel!

Thank you, Leslie!
Jennifer Oakley,

Raleigh, NC