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    Hi Clementine,
    I'm happy to tell you about my successes and my roller coaster ride pre-during-and post op. Like KrispyKritter1, (we had our surgeries around the same time), I was diagnosed with diabetes. For me, that was the last straw for accepting life as an obese person. See, my mother and grandmother battled with obesity and diabetes. In fact, both of them lost their battle with both and passed on from complications from diabetes in their early 50's. So, I needed to break that pattern. It hasn't been easy, in fact post-surgery was the hardest ever because it took me a long time to recover. In fact, during the hospital up until almost 2 weeks after, I felt I had done the wrong thing, because I felt awful. Sure, I lost a ton of weight in those 2 weeks, but I didn't care, I just wanted to feel good again. EXCEPT, I was comparing my old way of feeling good vs. my NEW way of feeling good. See, after around the 3rd week, each week just got better. I gained more energy and around the 1st month I was seeing results on the scale, but more importantly in the way I felt. I mean, I have not had so much energy in my entire life! It was absolutely the best thing I ever did for myself. I still have a long way to go and I know this is a lifetime committment, and I just feel better equipped with my new "tool" to go through the journey. One of the biggest changes was the whole "will power" from prior to surgery and after. Before, I just couldn't say no to tasty delicious things. Now, because of my new tool, it makes it easier to just have a little taste and actually stop or not even want it at all. I have to agree with Krispy Kritter1, it's not easy, but it is well worth it. I hope I have been of some assistance. If you want more specifics, please contact me, I have a lot of specifics! LOL.... Yes, surgery is not right for everyone. For me it was right. By the way, SparkPeople helped me prior and post the surgery. It is another amazing tool to have!
    2648 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/24/2010 8:49:26 AM
    Clementine -
    I read your post on 'aprilshowers' blog and wanted to share a little of my experience thus far.
    I am 3 months post-op and will say yes the whole journey has been a roller-coaster. But with that said, I don't regret the surgery at all! Although losing the weight was a big concern, the main reason I wanted the surgery was for my health. I was diabetic, and had many other health issues that required meds........and I was only 44 (younger when this all started). I am happy to report that I am off almost all my meds. I do take a pill for diabetes but that is way better than the horse pill and injections I was taking. My quality of life has significantly improved and I feel so much better these days...physically, mentally and spiritually. I actually like going to the gym now and even thought the scale doesn't always budge, I have a lot of non-scale victories that make me feel good as well.
    I don't want to make this sound all rosey either. It takes an effort to change my ways, but it was something I HAD to do ... for me and for my family. I want to be around for graduations and weddings and grandchildren. I want to have a good quality of life in those days as well. It is worth what I have to give up in order to have the better life that I do now. know this surgery is not for everyone.
    I hope you can comfortably make the right decision for you. Good Luck!
    2648 days ago