I am an 18 female that weighted 360 pounds and is 5'7ft. It had been suggested that I had the sleeve gastrectomy done since I was 15 years old, but out of fear and because I was so young I did not do it. Once I was 18 I knew that my weight would only increase, and since I had gallstones the doctors suggest that I have both procedures done at once. I started the pre-op diet on March 4, 2013 and my surgery was on March 18, 2013. The first few days on the pre-op diet were very difficult, but I knew it had to be done. Between those two weeks I had lost 20 pounds. Since the beginning of this journey that started on March 4, 2013, I have lost 35 pounds in 4 weeks. The only problem that has happened since the surgery has been that my arm/ shoulder has been hurting a lot and the pain does not go away. Other than that the surgery was great. My goal is to lose 180 pounds by the time I'm 21.