Georgia Petrakis’ Review
Georgia Stopped Smoking After 42 Years!
JOHN: This is John from Mark Patrick Seminars and I'm on the phone with Georgia. Hi, Georgia. Can you tell everybody a little bit about yourself and where you're from?
GEORGIA: I am from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I have a grown daughter, so I’m an empty nester right now. I worked as a merchendiser for a company that sells merch for concerts and music festivals, and stadium shows. That’s about it. Enough.
JOHN: Georgia, how long did you smoke for?
GEORGIA: Well, I’ll tell my age. I’m 61 and I started smoking when I was 19.
JOHN: That’s a long time.
GEORGIA: That’s a long time, yes. Really long. It’s 40 some years.
JOHN: Georgia, give us a couple of examples of the things you tried to help stop smoking?
GEORGIA: I tried cold turkey, which didn’t work. I used a nicotine patch and that didn’t really work. That worked a little bit but after about a month, a month in, it didn’t work. I did try Wellbutrin. I got that from my doctor. Really, I think the whole thing I thought I wanted to quit, I wanted to quit, I knew that was a right thing to do, but deep down inside I wasn’t ready. That brings me to where I came to the seminar.
JOHN: Georgia, what was the longest you’ve stopped for?
GEORGIA: It was probably about a year and a half. Because I quit when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, so about a year and a half. That was about the longest I quit and then I picked it back up.
JOHN: Georgia, what were your expectations coming to a Mark Patrick seminar?
GEORGIA: That this would be the thing that would help me quit. Because I knew I was ready to. Honestly, it worked. I didn’t think for a million years it would work and it worked. And honestly, the day we came I came with one of my friends who also has not picked up a cigarette. She called me and she asked me if I wanted to go and I said sure. So, we came and it was actually the night before I was going to do a music festival in the middle of nowhere up in Arrington, Virginia last year. Last weeks was exactly a year. I got a little nervous when I was [inaudible 00:02:14] up my cigarettes at the end of the night at the seminar. I’m thinking, “Oh, my God. Am I going to be able to really do this?” And I did. I went up there and I did. I hadn’t even thought about smoking a cigarette. I haven’t thought about smoking a cigarette until I actually did, I was working in the music festival in Nevada in Vegas last year, October, when the mass shooting. And I thought I was like, by the time we got back to the hotel room I was like, “Oh, my God. I really would like to have one right now.” And I didn’t do it. I didn’t. But, that was the first time I thought about having one and I haven’t thought—I mean, I was worried because in the morning I like to have it with my coffee and I really don’t think about it. I’ve put on a little weight but I don’t think about it.
JOHN: Georgia that brings us to what changes have you noticed since the seminar?
GEORGIA: I’ve put on a little weight. I’m not coughing like I was. I was hacking. I don’t smell. And sometimes I get winded still a little bit but not like I used to. That’s going to take time. I smoked for what? Forty years. But you know, I’m a lot more healthier. I know I’m a lot more healthier. The food tastes better. I can smell. My sense of smell has come back. I mean, it’s amazing.
JOHN: Georgia, if there’s one statement or a word of advice that you would give someone thinking about coming to a seminar, what would that be?
GEORGIA: Be serious about it and go in with an open mind. My suggestion, when you’re ready to quit it’s an awesome program. It works. It worked for me. I am very excited that this program worked and thank you, Mark Patrick because it worked. It worked for me.