I’m in Warrington, England. Cost below equates...

I’m in Warrington, England. Cost below equates to dollars I believe but £7200.00 in sterling.

I'm having a TT and liposuction in 2 area’s; flanks and under boobs over rib cage if that makes sense in just under 3 weeks. I've always looked at having it done but never gone ahead with it even as far as having a consultation until Feb this year. I lost 3 stone 4 lbs August 08 to May 09 and did the gym 5 days a week without blinking an eye. I kept the weight off and met my gorgeous man May 10...........bring on eating and drinking what I wanted with very limited trips to the gym!!! From then to now I've made a mess of my skin, gone up and down a stone here and there and now back to where I was at 11 stone 10. I'd still like to lose another stone and a half; I was 5 ft 5 and half when I started in August 08, I’m now 5 ft 4 and only 41! Shrinking height already But my tummy has skin that to me, could cover Manchester! I'm a firm believer in magic knickers and have loads of them and wear them all the time but you can't on the beach and I'm sick of it : ( I'll up load photo's soon.

So I've done the consults and now booked in. A big gap between now and then due to time constraints on my part. I'm very excited although getting more worried about the pain, getting constipated from all the painkillers and not being able to shower for the first week!!! My hair can look like chip pan lard after one night..........so vain I know! I'll be in for 2 nights and the drains removed the day I come home, not allowed home with them. I've read quite a bit on sleeping with pillows under your legs to elevate them which I get but its not been mentioned to me yet by the hospital. I always sleep on my side or tummy and worried I'll not be sleeping at all!! Any tips/advice/help/idea's - all welcome

Hi Kimmers25......thanks for your post. So glad I'm not the only one on the hair front!!! 2 weeks today I go in now. Today being 2 weeks before hand, I've not been allowed to take any of my daily vitimins, apparantly slows recovery and no anadin or ibrofen as they thin the blood. Also no garlic 48 hours before which will be tough going, we have it a lot! I'll try and post some pictures this weekend. Cheers.
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Welcome to RealSelf.   Your description of your non washed hair just cracked me up!!    You can wash your hair in the kitchen sink so no worries!   There is no way on this earth I could go a single day without washing my hair.   Good lord no....

I am glad you joined us and look forward to following your journey!

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Finally I have pictures to up load, just not...

Finally I have pictures to up load, just not technical minded so am struggling! My before pictures confirm more tha ever I'm doing the right thing :)
Oh no that sounds awful, looks like you used one of your 9 lives there lol. I think I would have been gutted I did not go to Cuba. I am a back size 38-40 but only a a cup so could do with some padding lol. I have managed to lose 3 pounds this week so back down to 11.7, I would prefer to be around the 11 stone mark where I feel m ore comfortable at, so I will keep plodding on. Just realised my consult is after your surgery, you have not got long to wait now, let me know how it goes and keep in touch. Jane xx
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Hi Jane, the clot, I fell down a full flight of stairs and this huge lump grew in black and blue immediately on my leg and one on my arm from barging straight into the downstairs loo door. The hospital thought if the loo door had been shut completely I'd have hit it with my head and possibly broke my neck! I was supposed to go to Cuba 4 weeks after that and they wouldn't let me fly :( I was off work 5 weeks 3 weeks in bed with my leg up, it was a ballache to say the least! I'm the other way on boobs, I'd have them off tomorrow and they're only the size they are now because of all the skin I hold in them from weight loss! I wear a 30 back so with lipo below them and from my back will go down again and think they'll look odd so they are my "list" I've found myself slowly drawing up! Let me know how your consult goes and I'll update too, Cheers, X
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Hi i will ask about the Arnica when I go to see Mr Murphy, I have noticed ladies on here use it as well. I have booked 12 days holiday and 8 days working from home a total of 4 weeks. I think this will be enough time, from what I recall from the hysterectomy the first 3 weeks were the worst. Not good about the blood clot bet that was painful. I know what you mean about the fat between the bra straps. My Hubby would like me to have a boob job as well lol, but not quite sure about that one, not sure I want foreign bodies in my boobs lol. We have had spells of going to the gym but I got bored of it, I prefer the walking that way you get plenty of fresh air too, and I think it helps you to sleep better at the night time. I can't wait to go and see Mr Murphy see what he says about doing the tummy tuck I presume I too will need some for of lipo not sure where will see what he says. I call myself egg on legs ha ha. You will soon be on the flat side, hope all goes well for you. keep me updated pre and post op. Jane xx
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Only 3 sleeps to go and still very excited and...

Only 3 sleeps to go and still very excited and getting butterflies in my tummy every time I think about it, all the time consuming my mind! Keep looking down at my tummy and thinking your going to look soooooooooo different. I can't remember the last time I felt so excited about something! I feel positive about my recovery and just hope I'm not eating my words come the end of this week!
Hi, Im a newbie from UK too, booked in for 15 November. Just wanted to say good luck! x
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How exciting this time next week you will be on the flat side - wish I was not going Egypt at Xmas as I have to wait till after that. Good luck x x
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you are going to look fabulous!  only a few days now...
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Excited..............all over the place..............

Excited..............all over the place..............can't think straight about what to take with me! Will update when home on Saturday. Wish me luck ladies and the one or 2 gents on here too! X
Good luck Hun keep us posted x x
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Good luck i love bags and shoes. Wishing you smooth flat day tomorrow and your in and out pics really made me laugh.
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What I found VERY helpful for the sleeping (I too am a side sleeper) was I bought a bottle of Melatonian. The standard size is 3mg. I dont even need a full one, I break them in half. Pop one of those and you'll be off to sweet dreams :) And they are NOT a "sleeping pill" -- they are way more natural because your body already makes Melatonian. Anyway Ive taken it every single night the whole last week since surgery and I have slept through the whole night every night! Only waking up to the alarm telling me to take antibiotics and then straight back to sleep! Hope this helps and best of luck to you, you will be so happy.. :)
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Hi - day 5 today for me and in truth I feel like...

Hi - day 5 today for me and in truth I feel like total crap and very sorry for myself. But firstly I need to say how fantastic the nurses have been, all really really great and friendly, happy, I didn't feel like I was in hospital and had a good giggle with them too. And my man has been ace with perhaps a test of your relationship! I've felt embarrassed when he's washed me and he hasn't battered an eyelid except to say I look like I've been beaten up from the bruising!

When I came round from surgery I was still high and continued to be until the next day pretty much until 24 hours after the op and than BANG with the pain. Took my breath away. They gave me a tramadol and another a half hour later.....back to being high! They had me sleeping propped up with the pillows underneath my knees, and I had a sleeping tablet for each of the 2 nights I stayed in hospital. I had 2 more tramadol Saturday morning which is when I was re-dressed and my 2 drains came out which I was dreading but they said deep breath in and out slowly and as I breathed out the tubes came out one by one. It didn't hurt, just a strange sensation from my newly placed tummy button. I was home for 2ish and felt all over the place and out of sink with when to take painkillers. I got that back on track Sunday (yesterday). Our sofa reclines like the hospital beds so I slept downstairs Sat night and not too bad a night. Last night tried upstairs but had less sleep lay flat with knees with and have to keep waking my man to get me up when I need the loo which incidentally has been fine with no constipation at all despite all the painkillers!!! So I'm going to go back downstairs to sleep tonight.

Getting about ok hunched slightly which I keep forgetting about after being stood for 5 mins or more and end up being nearly straight, Nurses kept reminding me of that when they saw me do it. I go back in Friday to have my dressings re-dressed and depending on how it's healing the stitches out of my tummy button. It looks mad to see how I look now even just sitting looking at it in clothes. My tummy used used to sit on the top of my legs when I sat and not all flows smooth with no lumps or bumps, At the moment when I touch my tummy it feels like when you've been at the dentist and your still swollen, I know it's me touching me but feels odd and puffy.

I've still got the delightful green stockings on. I had a tight jacket and binder on when I came round from surgery. My surgeon Dr Borghini apparently likes to send you home with the jacket and binder but it stuck out all over the shop and wasn't sure how I'd explain it back at work as to what was sticking out of my clothes so he said I could have the shorts which in the UK are mostly called magic knickers USA etc spanx. But I'm used to the ones with legs in to your knees and these are short short!!! They ride up so I've a gathering of material at the top of the inside of my thighs which is well uncomfy. I've rang the hospital and they are sending my ones with legs to the knees. Just wish I'd known they had them before hand. They sent me home with extra so one in wash and one on me. I'm still coming out with bruising and oddly down my left side black and blue but the right is my normal colour. Will add pictures soon. Hope your all healing well.

Question - how soon could you sleep on your side? X

Also to add today's post......I have to inject...

Also to add today's post......I have to inject myself for 5 days with something that keeps your blood from clotting, Apparantly its not normal to have it in the hospital but the nurses were confused I had to bring it home. Turns out the surgeons are starting to send all home with it now after having a TT. I don't mind needles at all but I can't inject myself so something else my good man is doing for me too bless him :)
Wow, you look incredible! I can't wait to see more pics!! Hope you are feeling well.
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Hi glad to see you're back online and on the road to recovery! I was Checking daily to hear you were ok....You're new tummy is looking great!!! As for sleeping on your side ??? May take a while!! I'm 11 days post op and still can't sleep ony side yet!! It's not the TT it's the lipo on the flanks that's still bruised for me!! It will all be worth it in the end!! I laughed when you said about how great your mans been and how it tests the relationship!!! I was just thinking exactly the same!! Mines has been great too helping with nursing LOL...,..You take care xx
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Your new tummy looks amazing. You must be so pleased can't believe the difference so pleased for you x x x
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Thanks loads for your comments, made me filll up...

Thanks loads for your comments, made me filll up just now when I logged on! It means a lot :) I slept downstairs last night in the recliner with 2 nytol tablets. Took about an hour to go off and woke @ 3.30am for the "10 minute loo get everything off and back on again journey"...........then again at 8 so quite good for me. Into a smaller compression garment today with help to get it on, bit of a trial, out of breath and finally on. Still waiting for the compression garment to arrive with the legs into the knees as the ones with the short shorts are cutting my circulation off from my legs!!! Will try to add new photo's, doesn't always work for me not being a techno!

Thanks again for your comments. Cheers, X
You look amazing! I loved ur breath in and out photos, had me laughing because I flicked through fast and I could see u breathing in and out. Congrats and I will be joining the "Sisterhood on the Flat Side" on Oct. 25th, u r my inspiration.
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I am with you sister...no way I could inject myself...UGH!  

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Tell me about it............it was a right shock. When they came in to tell me, my man was there and I said you best pay attention as this will be a what I call a "blue" job..........I do "pink" jobs he does "blue" jobs......simples :) Only 2 more nights to go for with the injection thank god! X
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Been and had my dressings re-dressed. All is as...

Been and had my dressings re-dressed. All is as it should be and feel better now I'm in a garment with legs to the knees, more comfy. 2 crap nights sleep but I'm allowed to try and sleep on my side from tonight so hopefully back upstairs in bed from tonight. Still struggling to get up from flat unaided but getting there. Still slightly hunched but this is from my upper ab muscles that have been tightened..............I never wanted to stretch so much, looking forward to being totally up right again as it does give into backache somewhat. We just did the asda run and I stood hunched over the trolley the whole time which I don't think was the best for me to do. The hospital told me my flanks are still very swollen and tummy too and oddly mostly on the right which I do think has a slight raise to it in the form of a bump and should go down with the swelling. So all in all getting there recovering ok. Still no pain killers since Tuesday night which was day 6. Will add new photos.
You look GREAT!!!
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Hi - thanks, that means a lot. Still swollen but need to give it time and being a woman I'm impatient of course! good luck and keep me posted :) X
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So back in bed and sleeping on my side after...

So back in bed and sleeping on my side after checking it was ok to do with the hospital. Also no need for pillows under my legs. When lay flat I felt like I was being stretched in a vice but I wasn't uncomfy. Slept ok except for having to get up for the loo which I'm putting down to losing water with the swelling going down as I never have to get up in the night for the loo. I'm guessing it's that but today I look pregnant which is a first for me!!! We were out and about yesterday, nothing mad or rushing about and was 2 pounds up this morning too. Up until this morning I'd lost 5 pounds since going in for my op......ahem had a small gain before my op so I was back to up 11 st 12 pounds. Friday being day 9 I was 11.7, today 11 9. I know this will go up and down so trying to get my head round it. I've given myself a focus of Christmas as this'll 3 months for which they say the swelling can take to go down, So today I've mostly spent with my feet up.

Around my cut feels stingy and tender especially with the seat belt on yesterday (as a passenger). Not ready to drive yet and hospital advise against it unless your happy you'd be able to do an emergency stop without feeling pulling/pain anything on tummy so not ready yet. I've not taken pain killers for my tummy but for the flippin backache from still being a bit hunched. Happy healing Ladies. X
You look fantastic...you've got a great little waistline there! xxx
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Thanks Phoenix :) I'm swollen and still numb, are you still numb? X
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i look pregnant too!
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Back at the hospital today to have all my...

Back at the hospital today to have all my dressings removed. Upon examining me they found this fluid they call a seroma - maybe spelt wrong. It's fluid gathered on the tummy area and had to be syringed out. Thank goodness I'm still numb as I had a massive panic, not from the size of the hugh needle but from any pain I'd feel. The surgeon said I'd feel it as the needle tip touched my muscle...........he wasn't wrong but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. I'm such a girl and had got all worked up to which my man said how can that bother you now, you've been sliced open! Yes but I was asleep then you tool!!! Anyway they took what they said wasn't much @ 35mls and is less than average, the average being 100mls. They mentioned I may have to go in again for it if I can see a wobble go across my tummy when you tap it......when they did it it was like wathcing waves! My normal next follow app is a week on Monday to see the surgeon and have photo's taken. I feel my cut today looks worse than a week ago (today is 2 weeks since my op). They've said I've not got dog ears but there's something I can see on my left hip like a lot of folded over skin but they said will heal over and isn't one so just back to the waiting game. I've just one dressing on my tummy button which will come off tomorrow when I can SHOWER again : ) :) :) So pleased with that news! Been kneeling in bath. From Tuesday morning when I go back to work I can ditch one of the CG's, the one I describe as an 80's jacket. Zipped up from the hip to neck which no matter how I try to hide you can still see it at my neck and I thought I'd have to go and buy some shirts. It sticks out in all the wrong places, it's the zip forcing it to stick out. Very uncomfy under my bust where the zip bends but I shouldn't moan as it's there to help keep me all in but so glad it can go in 5 sleeps! I've 2 very small spots on my cut that are weeping ever so slightly which alarmed me at first. I've slept ok on my side and had quite a few hours in one go. Will add some photo's.
oh god sounds like a nightmare hope you're ok.i have had weeping from my incision too and some little bit of it seem a bit pink and exposed but the nurse said that normally right in the middle of the incision is where this normally happens... glad you are sorted now tho x x x x
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Your photos look great! I had seroma also. My surgery was 27th Sep and had the seroma drained last week on post op day 14. My tummy was numb but I did feel uncomfortable that evening. I was back yesterday (post op day 20) and again had to get seroma drained. The surgeon has said it may take another 2-3 weeks for it to stop. My tummy still swollen slightly but the results and my scar are great! Take care xx
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Thanks MinnieM :) I nearlyhad heart failure when they said they had to do it! And dreadding it if they have to do it again. They explained that by having it done it helps to healer quicker too. I wish I was all "sealed" up so to speak without the 2 little bits that have weeped albeit just the once since this morning at the clinic. With the swelling stood up breathing in I feel stuck out more now! Thanks for your post. X
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Hello Ladies I found a stitch in my tummy...

Hello Ladies

I found a stitch in my tummy button and thought I needed my tummy draining again so been back in today. Didn't need to be drained thank goodness, was worried for the pain again. Turns out the stitch left, if it's black or blue it has to come out but if cream, white or clear it's a dissolvable one. This one is clear so no problem., wish I'd known before hand. My swelling looks to perhaps have increased and I've been told not to drive till I go back to work on Tuesday and I'm back to having to wear the 80's style jacket for longer than next Tuesday for a few weeks more so had to go out and purchase some shirts for work afterall to hide it round my neck. There are parts of my cut that have healed really well and hope the reminder goes onto doing the same. I'm flater than a flat thing up to my cut then carrying this huge pouch like a kangeroo carrying it's baby!!! Anyway I appear to be getting there.

I've updated on my photo comments today, I've only just realised that where my 2 biggish freckles were either side of my old "not seen for sometime tummy buttom" that they are now both just a tad above my cut line so it really shows how much skin was taken :- )

I've put my jeans on today and not wanting to show off but boy there's some rooooooommmmm in them! I've put a t-shirt on that used to fall on my hips but now goes over my bum! I can't take it in. I've bought 2 new tops for work in a UK 12 (normally depending on the material would get a UK 14 or 16) that now go over my hips too and would always normally stop at my waist........think I've tried them now oooooooooooo about half a dozen times!!!! So today is a good day, good times :-0)

HAPPY HEALING LADIES! XXX
I love you post and you look great. Already buying new clothes. That is great and congratulations, that gives me hope. I am tiny only 5'3 and 147 lbs. My TT is on Tuesday the 23rd. good luck XOX
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Wow that is amazing you havingto buy smaller clothes so soon. I cant wait till its my turn now. You sound like you are doing really well and coping well with the recovery hope work is ok on Tues x x
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Well I'm back at work tomorrow and am starting to...

Well I'm back at work tomorrow and am starting to feel dread building up. Because they told me to slow right down, I have and don't need 20 questions back at work as to why I'm moving around slowly. The swelling and numbness has gone from above my tummy button and I'm starting to feel VERY tender along my cut line with slight feeling in places. Only had one tiny part weep last last so that's improving. I feel every bump in the road from the car which goiny by how a seroma can occur doesn't fill me with excitement!!!

I wish I'd taken more time off. I was told I needed 2 weeks which I booked off as holidays. I now wish I'd taken 3 weeks holiday which at the time of consults etc I had enough holidays to book 3 weeks off but since then I haven't so I'm stuck with no more holidays to take so feeling a bit down and nervous. On a positive note my weigh day is tomorrow and going by todays I'm down again, will see what tomorrow brings.
Aw bless I am sure work will not be as bad as you think if push comes to shove can you not take more hols out of next yrs entitlement my boss let's us do that in emergencies - good luck with your weigh in I do not weigh every week now maybe once a month at home have to be good now ready for sharm 8 weeks today then 3 weeks after we get back surgery yikes. Chin up for work x x
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Hi - thanks for your post, glad I can give you hope : - ) Good luck for tomorow : - ) I'll be thinking about you. X
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Thanks J, I hope it is too. X
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So back at work wasn't as bad as I perhaps had...

So back at work wasn't as bad as I perhaps had thought. I'm still a bit hunched so getting away with saying it's backache. By the afternoon I'm exhausted, feel and look very swollen. My cut is mostly healing with a couple of spots still opening up and bleeding. Aound my tummy button is sore and tender but not my actual tummy button itself. Hips are sore which is perhaps doing more movement.

I'm getting there I think/hope. I am a bit worried about my swelling and even if it is that on the right side of my tummy. When I look down it's going over to the right and has been like that since back in the room right after surgery. It sticks out more than what it used to around that part of me when breathing in. It seems odd that I'm very flat and tight, no swelling or numbness below my cut where I also had lipo done then this big bulge sticking out and it's all hard. Back at the clinic Monday to see the surgeon and photos with the nurse. I've some new photos I'll attempt to load again.
I'm sure work will be ok as long as you take it easy! I'm still not back at work yet but hopefully in the next couple of weeks. I'm still swollen too a little more on the left side than the right. I was back at the surgeon today to have more seroma drained and he said the swelling will take a while to go down due to them pulling the skin so tight, so try not to worry about it too much. Good luck with your appointment! X
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Hi Minnie - that makes me feel because I'm getting paranoid......very paranoid about this bulging bump, driving me mad. In the compression garments I feel hard as nails but when off my skin is going back to normal as in feeling to touch so numbness wearing off and feels soft almost too soft for my liking after what I've had done. I so want to be eating all my words by Christmas! X
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Hi J, it wasn't so bad back at work, just tiring. I lost 6.5 pounds at SW, 8 on mine but mine are in the morning so yes prefer mine but will stick with SW! X
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Very fed up and worried about this big bulge I...

Very fed up and worried about this big bulge I have that isn't changing, is rock hard and doing my head in so much so I've changed to not sur it was worth it. Tears most of yesterday feeling what have I done to myself. Because of the bulge I can't see all of my cut as I thought I could but now on the photos I feel I've been cut with sheers. Now that swelling and numbness has nearly all gone I can grab at far patches still and I can pull my skin up too much still which flatens me out so when and if this bulge goes I'll have more skin again.

I'm back at the clinic tomorrow to see the surgeon and have questions as long as my arm.

Yours, thorougly fed up : - (

Also meant to mention, I tried on my bikini's...

Also meant to mention, I tried on my bikini's yesterday and I hadn't realised how high my cut was. My bikini's are no use now. I'm not that worried about having my scar on show if push came to shove but you'll see hair coming through it's that high and I've a few hairs growing out above my cut!!!

I really do want to be eating my words and all be ok

I really do want to be eating my words and all be ok
Mine also bulges above the incision and gets worse towards the end of day or when I do alot of moving. I know it is frustrating but every body is different and only time will tell what the end result will be. I know I read you had a seroma before.....that could be the culprit again. Sending you prayers for continued healing.
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You look amazingly flat on PO day 2 and PO day 6, so I don't think the PS failed to resect the redundant skin. Could it just be swelling that is collecting above the incision? I've seen some pictures of other ladies who had the same kind of bulge over the incision at week 2 - week 4. By 2 months PO, the bulge resolved and their tummy looked really good. Also, I saw pics in my PS's album that showed the location of the incision at PO week 1, then again at PO 6 months, then again at PO 2 years. As time went by, there's more skin relaxation and the scar starts to drift down, so hopefully it won't be as high as it is now. Have some hope and patience. It will all work out.....
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Hi. I am 17 days po. The hardest thing for me so far has been the emotional rollercoaster ride this has put me on. I think the same thing is happening to you. I have had days when I have taken off the compression garment and the 1st thing I thought was omg is this going to be worth it. Hang in there and hopefully we will both loving next summer and our new look. Keep us posted. Let us know how your next appointment goes. Sometimes it helps to write down all your question when you think of them. I know I get in a doctors office and I seem to go brain dead and can't remember half of what I wanted to say. I will be thinking of you. Hang in
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Thanks Ladies for all your kind encouraging...

Thanks Ladies for all your kind encouraging comments..........you all made me cry but in a good way : - ) I've got all my questions written down. Its on my mind so much I dreamt last night that I was lay down and another surgeon was draining me all over the place even from my neck which drained the fluid from my flower! And I was also stood up watching him drain me whilst I was lay down!!!! I had no cheese before bed I promise!!!! Will update later on tonight after my appointment.

Thanks again loads. XXX

So I had my appointment this evering. The surgeon...

So I had my appointment this evering. The surgeon was lovely and patient (I was worried he'd not be patient, no idea why!) As soon as he saw my tummy he said "yes perfect, healing well" and I was like "is it, are you sure?" He laughed at me instead of throwing me out.......I mean......it was almost like I was questioning his skills like I'd know better! I don't know who I thought I was!!! He was upset that I was upset too and should I need any revision of any type it'll be taken care of (which is all included in the cost) but that I need to give it 6 months.................gonna be a loooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng 6 months! He said I'll see you in 6 months but if at any point your not happy or want me to look at you, ring and book in and if I'm full you tell recp that you said it's ok to insist to see him or if I can find out when he's in to just turn up god love him. I saw the nurse too for PO photos to be taken and she could identify immediately with my concerns. I've some hard what I can only describe as lumps across my cut and just above it. She said it's internal bruising and I'm to massage the lumps which is formed and forming scar tissue so I need to massage it to break it down. It's quite painfull............joy! So just the waiting game.

Thanks agains loads for you comments of encouragement :) XXX
See...!? Over there worried about nothing! :o) Glad you're feeling better and looking at it in a more positive light. Just take it one day at a time and you'll be past those 6 months in NO time. :o) Happy healing hun.
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I am so glad it worked out today. I have been following your post and since I have not had my surgery yet 11/8 i didn't want to comment on it. But from what I read what a difference a day makes. I think you look great, enjoy and get back to life and see what 6 months brings your way.
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Hi letsgogaga - loving the name!!! Thanks and yes back to it trying to forget about it so to speak! And to think I thought I was a patient person too! Good luck for your op. X
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Day 40 - 5 and a half weeks PO. Still got a bulge...

Day 40 - 5 and a half weeks PO. Still got a bulge below my scar mostly over to the right. The swelling has gone and where it was swollen, the skin is now soft and wobbly (again!) I can grab at it again. Spoke to the clinic today for more CG's. My next app is 2nd Feb but today after explaining how it still is the appointment been brought forward to 12th December. When I was last at the clinic the nurse (who took pictures too) said straight away looking at me straight on how visable the bulge is and how it goes over to the right of me. This probably doesn't make any sense but it's almost like something has been deposited where it wasn't, before it was all sag and skin. The nurse and surgeon both said that perhaps I'll need more lipo. If I do it's because the surgeon has left it there, that bulge in that shape and feel wasn't there before. If it was it'd be even all over like it was previously and symetrical. The surgeon said to me that not to worry because if I needed revision surgery it's free as it's in with the cost and that it's in his interest to get it right first time as he doesn't want to do more work for free...............I feel no comfort from this......I hope I come to if need be.

I'm so confused by it and was told, quite a few times that afterwards I be taut and tight. I can grab at my skin in different areas again, granted not as much as before but was told all this would go.

I still hope more than ever I'll be eating all my words in time. X

I forgot to add, a major plus point for me I can't...

I forgot to add, a major plus point for me I can't eat no where as much :) My portion size has gone down a lot. I thought it was a bit in my head until my man commented on it the weekend to his sister who cooked is a massive huge enourmous meal and couldn't eat it all. Although I can't lie......I still dream of pizza.....A LOT! Just dreaming mind, not eating it! X

And as apposed to growing some balls, I really am...

And as apposed to growing some balls, I really am trying to get some patience, honestly! X
How are you? I've been thinking of you all this time, and wondering if things are better. At least if you're not happy, your PS seems like a nice one and willing to work with you to make things right. Hope you're doing well.
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Hi MC - I'm ok, struggling with it a bit still. I've the bulge still and measure the same. Got hard lumps still above the cut and massaging away for england! I've a friend who does all types of massaging and she's going to give it go for me in a couple of weeks when all feeling is back. I've some numbness still from just in my TB and down so all central. I don't have to wear any CG's at night now which to be honest was odd, almost like I've lost my security blanket - what's all that about!!! I'll get there and hope the bulge will go down eventually. Happy with my scar, in places it's very smooth. I go back 12th Dec. You look fab :) X
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You'll have to let me know if you're more swollen without the CG at night. I was planning to wear my CG for at least 1 - 2 more months. Take one day at a time. Like I said, if your results are not satisfactory, it sounds like your PS is willing to make a revision. Although it will be a pain to have to "recover" again . Take care.
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Hello Ladies, I'm on day 59 / 8 weeks 2 days PO. ...

Hello Ladies, I'm on day 59 / 8 weeks 2 days PO. Loving my new hips from lipo. Still find it mad but very glad I'm getting smaller tops going over my hips and bottom! I desperately need a different CG and waiting for pay day to purchase. I feel I need more support. My measurements seem to remain the same but current clothes getting bigger on me :) I do feel smaller too and with all the swelling I had I thought I'd never feel smaller. Ladies of the USA, you all seem to have really good CG's that from when you take your pictures you can see where your CG has been so real tight which I feel I need. Where do you get them from? I'd like to see if they have stockists in the UK too.

Still bothered about my bulge which can seem more prominent now swelling all gone. Where I had lipo on my pubis area, its full of fluid very low down to the right. When I look down I see these 2 lumps; the bulge and the fluid. I'll post some pictures although too shy to post my pubis area directly on here! I'm back at the clinic to see the surgeon and the nurse 12th December when I'll be 10 weeks po. Happy healing Ladies. X
I am a couple weeks ahead of you for surgery date. We are healing at about the same rate, I looked at your pictures before and after and feel like we are kindof alike with skin and fat gone. I have been healing great after the first 2 horrible months. I was curious if you have had the upper abs being sore? Mine above the belly button around my rib cage are really sore when i stretch funny or bend weird. It seems so tight, which is good, but just imagine i am healing. I have softening of the skin around the incision and kindof liked the really really tight skin, but didn't like the swelling. I am still swolen about like you on the incision, but like the way it looks in my jeans. I went down 3 inches in the waist of my jeans, and went like you said from a large top to medium, yippee. I tried to get my exercise program going but only did tread mill and weights for my arms, still a little sore so going to try again today. keep in touch. nice pictures. I get scared sometimes thinking I am going to go back to my old body and haven't gotten use to the skinny waist, so afraid it's going to go away during the night :+).
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How are you doing?? Update when you can!!
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Your waist is SO tiny now! I also have a bulge sometimes, when I look down I can see it, its normally at night. I think/hope its swelling. My PS said bulge normally means scar tissue forming. Maybe you could ask your PS if you can massage it"?
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Hi All Firstly, thanks for your messages and...

Hi All

Firstly, thanks for your messages and posts. Not done an update since 1st Dec. Still much the same with a bugle sticking out. I've tried on some of my bikini's which hide nothing unfortunately so need to invest in some bigger bottom ones!!! Not fussed on my scar showing but just the bulge sticking out. Talking of the scar it's healing a treat and really happy with it, some of it has turned white already.

I've other issues with "my bits" now and need a hysterectomy. The clinic are aware and said health first, revision after. The revision policy is for 3 years. I've to wait for an appointment for hysterectomy which is sometime in the next 12 - 16 weeks. We go on holiday 2nd March then on the 28th July. If I could get it done just after we're back from our March holiday, I'd have enough time to recover to go away 28th July. So that means revision August. The TT surgeon said he'd even take care of "any mess" the NHS would leave behind!!! All this leaves me with a bulge for 2 holidays in big bikini pants! Anyways I'm feeling a lot better now I'm training back to 100% and loving it. I've got myself in with a PT for 10 sessions and can't wait for that to start which is Monday. I'm loving doing sit ups and seeing the a centre tunnel raise as I do them and it's all hard too :) I've noticed a small shape defining of an upper ab :) I had to look twice when I saw it in the mirror!

I've got pictures which I'll load, just takes age!

Maybe a daft question but I proper breathed out when I had my pictures taken at the clinic at pre op and for the drawings and now think this was a big mistake because the TT surgeon thinks he's done more for me than he actually has. I don't know why I did this now and just wish I'd breathed in which is how I always am, have done for years!!! So did anyone else breath out purposely???

Also - people thinking of having this done as to quote so many other ladies on here, get fit and as toned as you possibly can before the TT. I can't remember which lady said it on here but the surgeon can't perform miracles and it's true, set your expectations correctly.

Hope your all ok.
Hi i love bags and shoes. You are the same time Post op as me. My surgery was Oct 3. So i have really noticed that the skin is softening alot. I am so worried that i am going to get those famous rolls of skin back. I have noticed a small pinch of skin right under my bra that i don't like and it use to be alot tighter when i first had the surgery. Also am still swollen below my belly button above the inision and i know it will go down. My incision or swelling looks alot like yours, you are keeping a positive attitude and i am trying. Just wondering how you are healing and if you have experienced the same feeling or look as i have.thanks :+)
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looking very slim Mrs, that bump needs lipo or re pulling down me thinks, but apart from that result is amazing xx
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Yikes can you not get a vaginal hysterectomy - not good having to fo through all them surgeries - hysterectomy was best thing i has done though no more heavy periods - you take care and fingers crossed they may do a vaginal one x x
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Hi Ladies, I was back at the clinic last Monday...

Hi Ladies, I was back at the clinic last Monday and felt relief that the bulge has finally been accepted. "no that's not swelling, something definitely amiss there!" They said I need quite a bit of revision which is on hold due to hysterectomy, have booked time off in Sept for the revision now. I've asked can they take more skin away when they do the dog ear and they can and they so will too! I'm loving the gym, working well hard. Had my first beer Friday 1st Feb since New Years Eve for a mental mad girlie weekend. Had a fab time, didn't go to overboard but had what I wanted and lost a pound! To be fair we did a bit of walking, hills and all so that'll have helped. I've noticed my boobs have changed a bit so perhaps weight coming off them puppies, my bra has been coming down over my ribs and bruising so need a re-visit for a measure. Can't go much lower in inches, I'm a 30HH now but jezzzz my ribs are bruised quite a bit. Hope everyones ok, taking it easy and healing well. X
Sorry to hear about the upcoming revision, but I gotta tell you that you look so curvy and hour-glassy. Aside from the little bump there, you look amazing!!!
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Glad your ps is working with you to fix this. You have a fabulous hour glass shape, so once you have the tune up things should be great.
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Thanks Buffy, that means so much! X
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So I'll be 4 months PO this Thursday and no idea...

So I'll be 4 months PO this Thursday and no idea where the time has gone. I've been back to full training from in between Christmas and New Year. I've a PT this last 3 weeks and one week to go. 10 sessions 3 one week, 2 the next, 3 and 2 so all over 4 weeks. My weight at the start is still the same now so that's hard to get my head round as I feel he wips my backside every session! Anyway he called yesterday to let me know that in the 3 weeks of training I've gained 4lbs in lean muscle and not to get hung up on the scales which is HARD! Well messing with my head. So his wiping my backside is definately working :) He said I've the smallest waist he's worked with and lost half a inch off it with the PT so it's down to 28.5inches.

So I decided to have a trying on session of my summer clothes (we go away 2nd March to Egypt). I've 2 pairs of shorts that I bought 4 years ago and while they've travelled well, they've not worn well ever....I've never worn them! Can't think why I thought they'd be ok when they didn't fit when I got them home. Today they are perfect, no bulging, no pulling and I can sit down in them too!!! Then my good old faithful white linen trousers, you know when you iron linen and put them on, after 5 minutes linen all stretches out? So what I'm getting at is that when I first put them on they were always tight then ok but now they're too BIG! 2 other pairs now perfect. I proper cried a lot but so very much happy tears :) BEST FEELING EVER!!! Hope everyone is ok. X
Congrats girlfriend! Nothing tastes as good!!! It's rea eye opening to try on clothes that were once too tight & now they are baggy. It's like an epiphany! Funny how we just can't see it ourselves! Congrats girl any more inches off ur waist & u'll catch me. Ur doing awesome!!!!!
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Thanks MM. I have that saying plastered all over desk at work......nothing tastes as good as slim feels!!! It's so true despite the model Kate Moss getting into bother for saying it but it's stuck with me to some tune!!! Waist is down to 28inches and managed to find 3 bikini bottoms to go ovey my delightful bulge!!! X
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I'm so pleased for you. The hard work at the gym is finalizing your journey. Congratulations and enjoy your holiday to Egypt.
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Hello - long time gone by! I'll be 6mths a week...

Hello - long time gone by! I'll be 6mths a week today. No change so no new pictures. Had a holiday and managed with some bikini bottoms that covered the bulge that is still very much present. I had an app with the surgeon this week. When I stripped he remained with no expression on his face, took a grip of the bulge and dismissed it as just needing lipo. My concern is that if he lipo's me I'll be left with more skin there just above my cut. He said it won't. I showed him how when I bend over I'm not flat with lose skin that looks like, without being rude to the older generation, an 80 year old lady. If I don't breath in the world falls forward. I know that's going to seem over the top but in person it really is there. I fought with myself until I showed my partner what I was rattling on about he agrees with me and he is the voice of reason! So my revision is lipo and removal of dog ears. I've lot of skin around the dog ears and the nurse did day he could remove more but when I asked the surgeon he said no.

Since losing more weight my boobs are smaller with more skin. I asked about an uplift but think now I meant reduction. He said he could do it at the same time as the lipo and ears and because I was having to have revision and going for another procedure they could maybe do me a special price.......he's no idea what yet and gave nothing away.

The delay on my revision is waiting on my hysterectomy date which is most likely to be August now (we've 2 holiday's booked for my fella's 40 and family holiday, can't wait for!)

I've made enquiries at 2 other cosmetic places re the boobs and after doing more on what I've already had done I wish I'd done more research first time round. I feel a little bit of a burden now where I've been, maybe all in my head but it's how I feel. I'm looking at the Hospital Group consult booked 18 April and the Harley Group, consult booked 26 April. Anyone used/consulted with these places?

Will try to get pictures of my bending over to show the skin and drop when breathing out.

Hope your all doing well.
Sorry about the bulge, once you get fixed your results are going to be perfect!! When is your revision?
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Hi Girl2 - it's on hold because I need/having a hysterectomy 22nd Aug. The surgeon said to hold off any revision and if they make a mess of me (being the NHS) he'll fix it! I find that a bit cheeky seeing as I feel he's made a mess of me! Anyway here's hoping it'll be fixed dog ear n all not long after the hysterectomy. I'm hoping to get it done 2-3 months after so around November time. If any later I'll have to wait till March 14. We go away on holiday 27th Feb and don't want to go away still swollen and huge. From my TT I reckon I was totally back to no swelling around 4 months. Can't believe it's not far off a year that I had it done! Thanks for your post. X
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I have to get revision of dog ears also, and abs lipoed so I totally understand what you are going through! Your going to look great Im looking at next year sometime for my revision.
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11 mths, still unhappy and now hysterectomy hell

Hello Ladies - been a while since I updated. I've no new pictures to post. All still looks the same with the bulging rubber ring.

Had PO photos done at the clinic last Wednesday because last Thursday I had a full hysterectomy done so thought it an idea to have photos done before it. I have to say the TT was a walk in the park compared to the pain I'm feeling now. And now I know what you all mean when you talk about not having any BM's. I was fine with that with the TT because they gave me antibiotics which make me go so all ok. But none from the NHS so boy am I bunged up! Awful awful awful. I've been in for 5 nights and came home yesterday. Back to swell hell too, 5 inches up on my tummy, back to big elasticated pants! I am still hoping for my revision to be in November so I don't have to take any more time off work. Going to be off for 3 months now, I've been there a long time so pay remains in place. If they won't do it in November I'll have to have it in March/April as we have a holiday booked 27 Feb and don't want to go away all swollen. When the nurse did the photo's last week, (a different nurse to last time) she was quite horrified about how I looked which again reinforces what I can really see.

Anyway, hope your all ok, lots of love. XXX

11 mths, still unhappy and now hysterectomy hell

11 mths, still unhappy and now hysterectomy hell

11 mths, still unhappy and now hysterectomy hell

11 mths, still unhappy and now hysterectomy hell
Hi Hun I have just sat here for an hour and read all your story.. You have done so well and I hope you get sorted soon as bulge is noticeable. I had a hysterectomy last year and for 2months I was exausted but it's so worth it!! I'm having tt on dec 18th just trying to loose another stone and keeping fit to prepare my body! You look fab chick but I do understand your concerns xx
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Hello, thanks. Bulge is a bit@h that needs to go. Its very depressing, in tears as I type this. I fought for years to have a hysterectomy and 5 previous procedures (4 coils and thermachoice) then I had the hysterectomy. If you've weight still to lose, lose as much as you want/need to before the TT, I can't say that enough and be as fit as possible. The recovery compared to the TT, a walk in the park, no problem. X
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Hope you are recovering now hun. I said recovery from tt easier than hysterectomy. But hysterectomy is so worth it. Good luck on your revision. X x
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A year on and revision 2014

Hello - so I had my app with my surgeon last week and now have to wait 6 months from hysterectomy. We go away late Feb into March and don't want to be swollen so will be done after holiday. He still at first only mentioned lipo then discussed more skin removal - he will do it. Very depressing looking at it, can't wait for it to be GONE

Hope everyone is well. XXX

A year on, revision March/April 2014. TT and lipo - Manchester, England

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Hello. Good to hear from you. Sorry that things are not resolved yet with you. I just had a scar revision 2 days ago. My PS was the one that suggested it, so I didn't have to pay for anything. I hope that your PS will do what is necessary to make you happy. If you have any questions about what I went thru, let me know. Hope you're doing well from your hysterectomy. Take care.
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Hi PM, just posted on your journey. I so hope my revision looks as good as yours. My surgeon said I'll be asleep and in for a day but with the amount of skin and lipo to be done I'm not sure it'll end up as staying one night. No cost as any revision is for 3 years as long as I've not gone up and gained a load of weight. I've put a bit on with having the hysterectomy and not being able to be active. I'm struggling with water retention from the HRT which a mind trip because the scales are up and diet ok. I go back to work in a couple of weeks so just being that more active can only help! The hysterectomy has definitely been a long and slow recovery. I really appreciate you posting to me, thanks. X
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Take it easy during recovery. Once you're better, get back to your activities again. This past year, I started doing strength training (working with weights) and I find that it has helped me tremendously with having a nice core and shape. Try to be optimistic and imagine how you will look once you get the revision. I'm glad that you are allowed to have a free revision for up to 3 year. I'll be thinking of you in Spring 2014. All the best.
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Finally revision booked April 14. Now 16 mths PO. TT and lipo - Manchester, England

Hi Ladies - I'm fully recovered from my hysterectomy and finally my revision it booked for 4 April 14 and as we all say it can't come soon enough! It could have been done sooner but we have a holiday booked for 27 Feb till 8 March to Egypt and I'd booked holidays off work for April for it to be done then. I saw my surgeon today and he said it'll all be lipo and if I need skin removal he'll do it then. He thinks I'll not need it but I do.....I know it's his job to know what's best here but had the job been done correctly the first time I'd not be typing this now :)

Anyway very excited and glad it's all in place to be done.

Hope everyone is well and good. XXX

Finally revision booked April 14. Now 16 mths PO. TT and lipo - Manchester, England

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Hello how did revision go x x
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Hi J...it didn't. I had my pre op 2 weeks before and my blood pressure was through the roof. Was monitored for 2 weeks and on the day was worse than ever at 170/117. Had an ECG which showed a left heart ventrical working harder than it should be doing, was either swollen or over compensating for something else. I checked in at 8 with then, took BP 6 times and by 10.30 said it was too dangerous. My blood is pumping round my body too fast for them to control and could bleed to death of they went ahead......it's been a lot to take in!!! Anyway, referred to my GP and it's all fine!!! And so was the ECG they did. It's been put down to a "blip" following my starting a new role where I already work. They first 3 weeks were very stressful and the week before my pre op which was the 3rd week was just awful. On the way to the pre op my mate came with my and I was going on and moaning about work. Work is all fine now after I spoke to my new manager who has been fab about it all. Transform said they'd not operate on me until I was on BP tablets but I don't need them so I'm being monitored every 4 weeks by GP to build up a history for Transform and hopefully have it done in October. It's annoying because of time off work as it's not like I can go on the sick for it. The day before the op, transform rang me all panicking about my BP and this can only have added to me trying to be calm...I felt it but inside said something else! So back to waiting...if he'd done it right in the first place I'd not be going through this!! How are you doing? X
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OMG what a roller coaster. Best for you to be fully fit before the op. I know you want it all over with but winter time is best for op. Dont want binder on through the summer. All will be fine in the end. I am ok. Not fully happy with my tt but we always want a little more. Think he could have done a little lipo at top and bottom. My GP has referred me to a CBT therapist as I still feel like the 15 stone person I was even though I am 10 to 10.4 my head wont catch up with the weightloss or surgery. I find it hard to look in a mirror. I still pull at clothes on my tummy and still hate wearing tight clothes. Apart from that all ok lol. Hope you settle in new job and surgery goes ahead. Hope all is ok after hysterectomy. Email me jane.birch13@ntlworld.com and I will give you my mobile. Would be nice to keep in touch via text and whatsapp x x
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