This is a question that I always get. Weight Loss Surgery seems to make people feel shameful. Or should I say people are ashamed of their weight. They want to keep it a secret. I’m not sure why they would be ashamed of their choice to do something positive about their weight. Did I keep it a secret?
I did not keep my weight loss surgery a secret.
I had my weight loss surgery at the same time that I had a liver resection to remove a cyst my doctors had found on my liver. I had been experiencing severe pain in my side. Once I had the doctors look into it they discovered a large liver cyst which needed to be removed along with some of my liver.
So there was no secret that I was having surgery, but I was very open about the fact that I was not only having my liver repaired but that I chose to have my stomach altered so that it was much smaller.
A gastric bypass would make it as small as a golf ball.
My family and close friends knew and were supportive and happy to help me get healthier. It was not my first attempt to lose weight, it had been a life time battle.
As the weight shed off work colleagues and acquaintances were curious.
As when anyone loses weight everyone wants to know how they did it.
How did I handle this?
If someone asked I would share with them what I did, but I was not one to offer advice openly about the surgery.
What I found was that people knew what I had done and on a handful of occasions I was able to help someone who had a family member or themselves considering weight loss surgery. I have always talked openly and candidly about my surgery to those who were interested.
Now I had surgery in the year 2000, many of the people I am surrounded by now never knew me when I was morbidly obese. And many of them don’t know that I had weight loss surgery.
If it does come up, and sometimes it does, there is surprise and then if they are a friend they realize now why I have some quirky habits. With all that said I am happy to share my experience and hence this blog.
I have known some who have chosen not to be honest and open about their surgery. It is a personal choice. I know for me being as honest as I could with myself and others has had a direct correlation with my ability to keep my weight off.
Losing the weight is one thing. Keeping it off is another.
The work really starts after the weight is off. We really need to dig deep about why we became obese in the first place. Many times being honest with ourselves and others is part of the equation.
I had to be open and honest. It was the only way for me.
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