Just wanted to thank Kaylestar for starting this thread
as i never thought i would be here either. I have been undecided about WLS for a long time. Almost 3 years ago i went in for a consult as i done with all the yo yo dieting and continual weight gain after ever diet i tried. I had my consult, the doctor stated i was a very good canidate for surgery. Then my insurance denied me b/c i had to have a consecutive 3 full years of a BMI over 40. And the year prior i did a crazy No Carb, No sugar diet in which i was able to lose 50 pounds in 3 months (was not very healthy), which i was able to get my BMI down to 38. Then i promptly gained back all 50 PLUS another 30 in the span of about 6 months. So since i had a BMI under 40 the year prior, my 3 years started over. i convinced myself well it was not meant to be and i will do it on my own like a few people have told me i can since i am young (age 35 now) and i can do it with out surgery. So i started counceling which has been great and we are working on my many of my food issues and have been for almost 2 years now. I go a month or 2 thinking yes i can do this on my own and then something happens that reminds me i am very overweight, like i get on a plane and realize i BARELY can squeeze into one seat and have to move the armrest and take part of my husbands seat (thank goodness he is super skinny)! That almost ruied my whole vacation i was so sad and defeated. i have also been working with my PCP to get on Qusima, but it is very difficult to get it covered by insurance and it is VERY expensive, so that has been a 3 month (so far) process already. i feel like i was ready 3 years ago at that consult, but then i have a PCP that i really like and do trust her opinion tell me that WLS is just not the best option for me, then i think well i should be able to do this on my own. My family is supportive and my ortho doc (back issues) and my OBGYN are supportive of WLS for me as it will help with many other issues i have been having. Just dont know what to do. What if i have the surgery and gain it all back just like i have done over and over again with every crazy diet i have tried
i know this is just a tool. i do feel that the counseling has definately helped move me in the right direction with food choices and makes me more aware of what and why i am eating things. Just scared like all of you have been at some point if this is the right decision or not.