It is very important to have plenty of support during the WLS journey. I really don't think success is likely without it. I don't mean this as an insult to anyone. I mean that WLS is basically just making the stomach smaller. And really, how many people over eat from physical hunger? No one I know.
What kind of support is needed? At least these:
You need books or resources to learn what to expect. You need to be able to ask questions when you need answers. And it helps to be able to talk to some who has been through it all. And the more sources of information, the better. Subscribe to online blogs, and join SP teams here.
You will probably need help getting to and from the hospital, maybe to your first follow up. You may need help around the house at first as well, and maybe someone to pick up prescriptions or groceries early on.
This is probably the most important, and covers a wide range of emotional needs.
You'll need friends, family and coworkers who are understanding of all you are going through, and will help you with encouragement, and by not bringing in junk food or triggers.
If you are an emotional eater like me, you will have to find ways of dealing with emotions without resorting to food or anything worse. It might be a good idea to get professional help before starting. You'll have lots of hopes and fears.
Your WLS program may also have a good support system. Many offer nutritional support and group meetings to talk with other patients and WLS veterans.
And don't forget online blogs and forums. SP teams are wonderful! You can get a ton of info, and lots of emotional support from people who have been through it all.
I've been blogging about my own journey for two reasons. I like to help people, and I need to remind myself daily that this journey isn't over. I need to pay attention and not fall back into my old habits. I need your support, too.
Together was can do this!!!
WLS is not for everyone, that's for sure.
I have lost 60 pounds since starting this journey. That includes weight I had to lose before, just to get the date. I have struggled a long time, and was convinced I couldn't do it without this by so many previous failures. I won't know for sure if this was a success until I manage to lose more, and keep it off for a while. But at least I am losing, and I feel good about myself!