I smoked for over 50 years and quit with the patch and a lot of help from my support person and the nurse at a hospital. I gained some weight but other than that I have been much healthier, can breathe much better and can do more exercise than I could in a long time. It took awhile to adjust to my new lifestyle, but I have been smoke free for two years now and it is good.
When I was quitting I was constantly hearing this yelling lunatic. Then I wound realize it was me. I was a nervous reck . After some weeks I noticed it was gradually getting better. Now I'm just my usual bitchy self and haven't smoked for 16 months!