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post #1 of 11
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One of my friends just found out today that she will be undergoing a life- altering surgery. Like so many of us, she has been fighting a weight problem due to medical issues for so long, she never thought she would see the light at the end of the tunnel. She felt trapped, and lost and frustrated. Trying all the conventional measures that are out there to drop this weight,proved inadequate and she would always find herself falling short.

All that changed for her today. She was approved for a surgery that will help her out in this department. What she felt was the last resort and what she felt she could never attain, has been reached. She relayed to me that she has been weeping ever since.

She asked me if I could relate, as we have never met and only know each other electronically. I certainly can relate to her elation, her nervousness, her crying jags, and to her angst about the weight issue in itself. It seems like the older I get, the closer the earth seems to get to parts of my body (if you know what I mean?) In the wintertime, I put on more weight, taking it off in the summer when I get active again and start training my two horses, it sort of cycles through me, and I have accepted it.

My friend gets a chance to get her life back now. She has a tough road ahead, because it is a complete dietary change that comes with this surgery, as well as a psychological change. The person that she will see in the mirror a month after the surgery will be the person she had always hoped to be. She will now have a forbidden list of foods, and if she breaks that list, the consequences could be severe. This is not something that she takes lightly, she has planned this for over a year and has set herself up to be prepared to be told it would not be possible. Now she has to reset her thinking- (if she can stop crying that is.)

I told her that I wish her luck, and I do. It is not an easy path she seeks to walk down, but it feels right for her. I wish her all the success in the world.
post #2 of 11
She will be in my prayers! This surgery can and does do wonders for people, but it does have some nasty side effects if the rules are broken. There are 2 people in my community who have had this type of surgery and they do not even look like the same person. To them the risks were worth it all, but personally I don't know if I'd be able to do it. Plus, I am not obese...chubby, but not morbidly obese. I wish her the very best and pray that her will power is strong. Hope surgery and recovery goes as smooth as possible! Please tell her she's in our prayers and the magic of TCS is with her!
post #3 of 11
Are you talking about the gastreointestinal bypass surgery? Supposedly, there is a lady who used to work @ my current job, who had it done & lost a lot of weight. But, from what I have heard, she can barely eat solid foods. The guy from the Today show looks great. Some kid from the show, Ed, had it done, too.
I think that as long as your friend is happy, then that is all that matters.
post #4 of 11
It is a huge deal, but the results can truly give someone their life back. I hope your friend has all the benefits this can bring. Sending Board Magic her way!
post #5 of 11
I wish her the best of luck! I'll keep her in my prayers!

If it is gastro-intestinal bypass, the head librarian at my high-school had it done almost two years ago. I went to see her in the fall, and I barely recognized her! She looks years younger and has lost a ton of weight. She is very happy with her decision. I hope everything works for your friend, no matter what surgery it is that she's having done!!!!!!!
post #6 of 11
All my prayer's! Hope everything work's out for her!
post #7 of 11
I wish your friend the best of luck on her road to health!
post #8 of 11
I am so happy for your friend!!! To feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel and then to finally see it and know things are going to be okay must be such a wonderful feeling!!!
post #9 of 11
I hope it goes well for her.
post #10 of 11

I will be praying for your friend. I knew a few people that have had this surgery that looks stunning now Regardless of if it works how she wants it to or not, it is her personality that makes her beautiful! She is lucky to have a friend like you to remind her of it!

I'll have her in my thoughts and prayers! And I'll be silently cheering her on from Mountain View. I am "clinicly obese" (clinicly obese = more than 30% body fat") and am working on losing weight now. So I know exactly how she feels, and pray that she can reach that light at then end of the tunnel!

Wish her luck for me
post #11 of 11
All I have to say is Kudos to your friend!!! I think it is wonderful that she is taking this step....what an awesome decision she has made for her life!!
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