I just decided to start up a new facebook group for any patients who are in the program in Richmond with Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Sampath. You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/westcoastwlssupport/
There are a lot of people going through Richmond and we all have questions and concerns specific to the program and what our surgeons expect of us. I'm hoping to arrange meetings eventually as we expand, but it's quite difficult at the moment because there are patients all over the lower mainland and other parts of BC who are at different stages in the program. This group is just a starting point -- network, make some WLS friends, ask questions, meet some exercise buddies, share info and recipes, etc etc :)
I know I had a lot of questions, curiosities and changes to deal with while I was waiting for my initial consult, and even now as I approach my surgery date. I feel like we can all be successful if we help each other along the way or turn to others when we need support. We are not alone :) If we look to those who know and understand exactly what is expected of us in this particular program, it makes the journey so much smoother -- I was fortunate enough to meet some wonderful ladies along the way and it has made me realize that we can never have too much support!
This group is not tied to GWC or the surgeons, it's just another avenue of support for those interested in networking with other patients who have the same surgeon. This group is not meant to replace any other resources or support groups. Read your books, listen to your specialists, get to know others, go to your local meetings and appreciate what the long-term post-ops have to share. There is always more to learn!
For those who do not use facebook, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a mailing list for upcoming events or meetings.