Guest Blogger

Q&A with Theresa Paterson: The No Smokes February-March guest blogger

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Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What are your interests? What do you do in your spare time ?

I am a 24-year-old female, my ancestors are from the Ngalakan (East Arnhem Land Region, NT) and Bunaba (Kimberly’s, WA) clans. I was born and bred in Darwin, Northern Territory and have spent the majority of my life there.  I now live in Melbourne and work as a Mental Health Support Project Officer at the Victorian Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) – the peak body for Aboriginal Health in Victoria.

I love to fish, hunt and go camping (not that I’ve done it in Vic!) and cook (I surprise myself all the time). I also enjoy going out hitting the town and having a dance. I’m a carer for my oldest niece and nephew who are boarding in Geelong so I tend to take them to footy matches (Go Hawks!), show them around Melbourne and take them on adventures. I have finally after six years started playing basketball again for some fun and fitness.

Tell us about your family – do you have brothers and sisters? Who do you live with?

I am the youngest of six children – four girls and two boys and I have 13 nieces and nephews (just from my brothers and sisters …I couldn’t add the extended family if I tried) and still counting.

Why do you want to blog for No Smokes?

When I came back to work after the holiday period I saw an email about the No Smokes blog and decided that I wanted to be a good influence to others. I’ll be blogging mostly about my quit journey – today I’m one month smoke free!!!  How I overcame cravings, the challenges I faced and strategies I’ve employed to kick the habit!

What was the main reason you decided to quit smoking?

I decided to quit smoking because I felt it was a big waste –  I was losing out health wise and financially. Walking up a flight of stairs and being puffed out gets a bit embarrassing.

“Theresa is a 24 year old Aboriginal woman from Darwin, who now works in Melbourne. She has been a smoker for 9 years and has now been quit for  over 6 weeks.”

You can follow Theresa’s quit journey though her blog during February and the first few weeks of March.

Blog 1: Theresa Paterson – ‘Why I followed through on my decision to quit’

Blog 2: Theresa Paterson – Staying Positive

Blog 3: Theresa Paterson – On the road again

Blog 4: Theresa Paterson – The slip up!

Blog 5- Three months smoke-free!