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Making the decision to be healthier

Saturday, May 25, 2013

emoticon The last few year I have not been logging on to the web site or doing the things I know I need to do to loose the weight. I have gained back all the weight I loss when I was on here before & more. emoticon I had a doctor's appointment earlier in the year & she informed me at that time that I have diabetes. Diabetes run in my family & I had low blood sugar as a child. I have always been told it is not a matter if I get diabetes but when.

My doctor has recommended that I have weight loss surgery. I know 4 people that have been through the weight loss surgery. But that doesn't make things easier right now. emoticon I have been doing a lot of studying looking for answers on some of the questions I have. I have read a lot of blogs & post from the weight loss surgery team. Some of the questions have been answered but this has only made me think of more. I have ordered the book "Weight loss surgery for dummies" I was surprised I had to order it & it would not just be on the shelf. On the 29 I will have my first clinic appointment & information session. emoticon

Many people who discuss weight loss surgery seem to think it is an easy way out. There is often such a huge negative reaction from people when it is discussed. I haven't told many people about my decision. emoticon Even posting something on here I was afraid of the reactions I might get. Reading the posts from others has help with this fear but I know not everyone is struggling with weight loss and do not understand my decision so I have decide not to tell everyone about my decision yet.
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GOTTABEDONE 5/27/2013 10:33PM

    I am where you are. So many questions so many answers. Do I truly want to permanently change my whole internal system? Could I do this without the surgery? I think I would be more worried if I was not scared of this. The more I look into it the more I believe I can do this. Lately I have been eating as close to what it will be like after surgery as possible just to see what its like. Needless to say I am eating more then I will be then but the same type of foods. Its made me believe that I can live with the surgery without regrets. Hope you find your answers too.

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PATTYR81 5/27/2013 12:47PM

    Your story is where I was in Dec 2011. Add to that, my brother had WLS (open RNY) roughly 15 yrs ago when it was still 'new'. He had some complications and was not the most cooperative patient and always 'tweeked' the rules and keeps eating whatever and however much he wants and then pays the price physically. So I was resigned to being fat until I was 296, single-handedly supporting my local pharmacy, making regular trips to dr, urgent care and er and on the cutting edge brink of full blown diabetes.

Thankfully, I chose life and absolutely don't regret my decision.

Read, read, read and browse blogs (I've written abt my journey too). I also like looking at the before and after pics on obesityhelp.com

Happy Day!

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/26/2013 1:42AM

    Don't be scared, WLS is 80% successful as a cure for diabetes. You have very valid reasons for wanting it. The people who give you grief are not remembering the cellular damage, and eventual blindness or gangrene that that disease implies. BUT I agree with CORTNEY, do your research. Make an informed decision for YOU.
Ask loads of questions, listen to your surgeon and his team. Don't tweak and change protocols. Walk a lot. Sip a lot of water. (Then you should be wonderful)
It is a TOOL not a miracle. You have to do the work, and be consistent.
Bless you!

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CORTNEY-LEE 5/25/2013 8:45PM

    Weight Loss Surgery is not for everyone and it is a decision you must think through.

I had my surgery in April 2012 and since I have lost roughly 130 pounds. I went from not being able to walk up a flight of stairs to completing a 7.77 mile mud run/obstacle course race with over 1,000 foot elevation gain.

There are always going to be "haters" when it comes to WLS. Don't pay any attention to them and do what is right for you.

My suggestion is to keep doing your research. Talk to people who have been through it. I found your blog through the Gastric Bypass Sparklers Team, and there are a lot of successful WLS gals and guys on there. Talk to them - read their blogs (read my blog) Talk to people outside of Spark that have had it done. I am sure your program offers a support group. Start going to that and talk with the people.

Best of luck friend!

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