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