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I decided 4 months ago to have the gastric surgery...

I decided 4 months ago to have the gastric surgery. I have 3 months to go before I have the surgery. I am scared and excited at the same time. I'm t 36 yrs old and have been fat for most of my life. I have three kids and I would gain weight after each birth and could never get it off. I'm so tired of people saying I have a pretty face. I told some of friends and family members about my choice and I got mix reviews. Some where excited and some where trying to talk me out of it. I had one person tell me I am going to have a whole lot of extra skin and then I still be ugly!! I also had to stop smoking and I been three days without a cig and it hard. All I wanna do now is eat. This very bad! I need support so I'm looking for on here

Doc appt

So I had a doctor appt this past Friday and it didn't go very well. I stop smoking for two weeks now but the 8 lbs I had lost I gained it all back. So much for the hard work. I cried like a baby. I felt so defeated!! I am suppose to lose 15 lbs before my surgery date which will be sometime in April .

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Thank you everyone it's good to have people out their that actually cares

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Surgery

I find my surgery date Monday scared and excited. I went to the nutrition class Wednesday and now I'm more confused on which operation I want to have. I thought I wanted the sleeve but now Mabey the gastric. What are some of u guys opinions out their. I am scared because I here the sleeve has more chance of leaks
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Both surgeries have risks, but so does remaining over weight, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke...you know all that. If you find a doctor that has done many of the WLS operations, takes time with you and answers your questions I say go for it! The best thing you can do is what you've already done, give up smoking. Have you had a psychologist to speak to about your decision, that's usually part of the process and make help?
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It is a difficult decision and I think you need to ask yourself "What do I want to accomplish from this surgery?" I have just began the process for gastric bypass and I chose this because it was recommended from my diabetes doctor and I researched and found people loose the most on this surgery and stop most of their meds. What ever you Choose I'm sure it will be helpful, Good Luck
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I have almost the same story as you ... I had my gastric sleeve surgery September 16th 2013 , and I had to lose 60 pounds before my surgery because I did it in a out patient instead of in a hospital setting so I was 390 pounds starting out and 330 the day of surgery as of today I'm 220 pounds I feel great , and I lose weight almost daily I walk , and do at home workouts. ..its not easy , but very worth it!! I do have loose skin , and I don’t care because I feel great!! I know I am still on my journey , but im getting there! You will do great the gas they put in you to do the surgery is the worse part I really had no pain , and only took pain meds for 3 days !! Walking helps with the gas, and pain!# good luck if you have any ? Dont hesitate to ask
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I too live in Aurora and just started looking into Gastric Bypass Surgery. Hang in there luv! You can do this!
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I too will be getting gastric bypass in April. Just did my last visit with psychologist and it's a go! I am scared to, but like you, I plan on taking it to the next level. I hear "or your cute but lose some weight." So I know the feeling, and I'm a guy so this should be interesting.
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I know how you feel my surgery date is feb 10 and i got down to 355 from 419 but now i'm up again to 370 nothing changed except i stop smoking and now for the life of me I cant get these 15lbs off! But we both have to stay strong and prayed up. Now my family telling me this is a sign that i shouldnt get it
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They you gain weight when you stop smoking and I know for a fact that true but I'm changing my eating habits and getting active try eating low fats foods and see if that help I been snacking on fruit if I want something instead of sugary foods
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Thanks Roxanne and time4me2 for your comments I feeling alright and I spoke with my surgery coordinator and she had some uplifting words for me. Also reading your comments help me to feel better
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I know its hard in the beginning but you need to do this for your self go on a high protein diet start doing chocolate shakes they have a, slimfast u could try for breakfast and lunch try eat 6 small meals now before ur sugery stay away from high in suger like soda stay away from it grab water drink 6 to 8 glasses a day the weight will come off if ur willing to do this for ur life. I know I have been were you are now I was 350 pounds and I said no more im change my life for me I want to live.. You got to eat to live not live to eat.. Its va mind thing u gotta change your mind gastric bypass is a tool to help but only u can do it... good luck with everything. If u need someone talk to im here.
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I took ur advice seriously and have started the high protein diet thanks for the encouragement
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Hi Thanks for sharing. I am 1 month away from surgery and also came here for additional support. Keep the friends close that support you it's great they are excited for you, the others will come around hopefully later. Great job with not smoking! I can only imagine how hard that must be, but you can do this just think of the bigger healthier picture. Let everyone know how your doing. Best wishes!
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Thank you
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Hi there, welcome and thanks so much for sharing your journey with us!

Stopping smoking is very difficult and it does increase your appetite. Is there anything your doctor can give you to help you stop, without the extra hunger pangs?

You need support around you, forget the people that don't give you that support. The truth is that you will have extra skin, and you may need some surgery to remove it, that's a reality we all have to face with this surgery. However, you are not ugly now and you will not be ugly post-op. You're doing this for your health, to feel better and to have a better future!

Please do keep us updated with your progress! :-)
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Thank you and I'm planning to ask my doctor for something to suppress my hunger pains. I'm so excited to have this surgery I wish was April already. Will I do think I'm a lil scared too because of complications that could happen. I pray that everything goes the way it should and I added more pictures
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There is always a chance of complications, you just have to weigh up if it's more important for you to have the surgery and deal with anything that may arise from it. I had the Gastric Sleeve and it was definitely worth it for me to have the surgery.

When do you start your pre-op diet?

I don't see your photos, do you need a hand uploading them?
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I think I may need help loading the pics and I also would like to know how much weight you loss from the sleeve and if you had any complications
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Oh what's a pre op diet I have to lose 15 pounds before April
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Hey Lakisha,

I'll send you a PM regarding your photos.

I had my surgery September 25th and so far I've lost around 100lbs. It's not easy, but definitely worth it. I didn't have any major complications. I had quite a bit of nausea, but that only lasted a couple of weeks.

The pre-op diet is what you will be asked to do for either 1 or 2 weeks before surgery. Sometimes it's an all liquid diet and sometimes it's liquid for breakfast and lunch with a sensible meal for dinner. It is designed to shrink your liver and make it easier for the doctors to get to your stomach.
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