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on 9/8/12 8:46 pm - Irvine, CA
Topic: Meet Our Speakers: Colleen M. Cook

Meet Our Speakers: Colleen M. Cook


Hope & Help for the Pain of Regain

Join 17 year WLS veteran Colleen M. Cook for both a shot in the arm and a kick in the seat as she shares lessons from long-term losers and imparts insight, inspiration, and hope for WLS patients struggling with extended plateaus or weight regain. Her thoughts, stories, and personal experiences will inspire and motivate you to reach and maintain your optimum weight loss.

Also, don't miss her Keynote on Friday: Nothing Succeeds Like Success

We hope to see you in Atlanta, GA October 5th and 6th! Click here to book your ticket today!

Fast Facts About Colleen

-Colleen is the author of The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients.
- She is the president or Bariatric Support Centers International, a company that specializes in providing education and support services for weight loss surgery patients and the professionals who serve them.
- Colleen currently serves on the National Advisory board for the Walk From Obesity.
-Known as Ms. Enthusiasm, Colleen helps men and women from all walks of life recognize their extraordinary potential and then inspires then to aspire.

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on 9/5/12 11:38 pm - Hanahan, SC
Topic: Hey my Fellow SC peeps!

My husband and I both had Gastric bypass and have had issues keeping motivated.  I've lost 160+ and he las lost about 180ish I think.  We haven't done horrible, but we definitely could do better : )   He and I have recently created a Charleston, SC support group for bariatric patients that need support and motivation.  If you are interested in joining us feel free to message me your email address and I can send you the link to the group....


you can go directly to the group and request to be added (It's a closed group).. Here is the link!/gr oups/509632959050196/

Hope to see some of you there to share stories, tips, and motivate each other!!  : )

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on 8/31/12 8:40 pm - Irvine, CA
Hello Members,

On a daily basis we get calls from members in desperate need of surgeons that will accept Medicaid and or Medicare for Bariatric surgery.  It breaks our hearts when we have to say "we don't know of any surgeons in your state we can refer you to". 

Can you please help us? If you know of any surgeons in your state that accepts Medicaid and or Medicare, will you list their:


If they accept Medicare and or Medcaid

Phone number



This list will remain here for our members to access and use.

Thank you so much!!!


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on 8/9/12 10:04 pm - Simpsonville, SC
Topic: Hypoglycemia after Gastric Bypass Surgery
 Anybody dealing with RH here in SC? If so, have you found any Doctors/specialist that are willing to accept and help people with this condition? 
The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.

on 8/8/12 11:46 am
RNY on 02/20/13
Topic: RE: WHO IS HERE?!
Hi I'm starting back up on the boards again trying to find local friends I am actually going to the enrollment class on the 13th of August )) I went to a seminar almost 2 yrs ago and was denied by my ins. This go around I have insurance that WILL cover the surgery OH YEA and I actually am going to Dr. Bour's office as well!!!
Deborah T.
on 8/5/12 12:53 pm - GA
Lap Band on 09/04/08 with
Deborah T.
on 7/16/12 3:42 pm - GA
Lap Band on 09/04/08 with
Deborah T.
on 7/14/12 1:21 pm - GA
Lap Band on 09/04/08 with
on 7/11/12 2:57 pm - LA
RNY on 07/31/12 with
Topic: RE: Finally Approved
Good call :-) But since I am with Tricare as you know I need to get first a referal for the doctor off post lol
Sure I dont know anyone sown there yet  other then you :-) My husband is from South Carolina and we just bought a House In Jacobs Creek. :-)
on 7/11/12 1:14 pm - SC
Topic: RE: Finally Approved
Wowwwww that is Awesome!!!! I would callling Riverside & letting them know u are having surgery their but r moving here so u can get set up in their system to see one of the dr for post op appts. My husband is retired military but works on fort jackson we can get together sometime we will talk more through PM
on 7/11/12 1:01 pm - LA
RNY on 07/31/12 with
Topic: RE: Finally Approved
Sure :-) look like i will have my surgery on July 31 here in Louisiana before we moving :-) Tricare told me if i wanna get it done in SC i have to do al this steps again and I am not doing this all over again .. So July 31 it is :-) really excited and scared at the same time :-)
on 7/11/12 11:41 am - SC
Topic: RE: Finally Approved
Hi Kesa!!!! agree with slimmerme55. I am also going through Riverside Surgical & Dr. Marc Antoinette is absolutely amazing.
They do take Tricare. I had to have bloodwork done, endoscopy, psy eval & sleep study. I started this journey in April and my insurance require a 6mth weight mangement program I am on my 3rd month have 3 more to go so my surgery will not be until Nov. I am requesting you as a friend maybe we could talk a little more. Congratulations on being approved!!!!!
on 7/9/12 9:21 am - LA
RNY on 07/31/12 with
Topic: RE: Finally Approved
Do you know of they take Tricare as insurance ? Do they have a programm fee? What pre tests did u had to do? ;) I read about them and have a good feeling ;)
on 7/9/12 5:41 am
on 7/9/12 5:35 am
on 7/8/12 9:19 pm - SC
Topic: RE: Finally Approved
Kesa85,I highly recommend Riverside Surgical Group,which is the SC Obesity Center...I go to the support group there monthly and know many people who have had their surgery with this group.I had gastric bypass 3 weeks ago.Dr Marc Antonetti did mine and he is absolutely amazing.He is an excellent surgeon.There are 3 other surgeons in his group that are also excellent.
on 7/8/12 1:21 pm - LA
RNY on 07/31/12 with
Topic: Finally Approved
Hi :-)
I finally got my letter today that i am approved for Gastric bypass surgery :-)
The bad thing is since Tricare took so lomg we are moving next month from Fort Polk,LA to Fort jackson SC and i was wondering if there is a doctor you would recomend?
Thank you so much for your help :-)
on 6/15/12 3:35 pm, edited 6/15/12 3:45 pm - gastonia, NC
Topic: Has anyone had plastic surgery or any kind of skin removel with medicare (humana)?????
i Had my gastric bypass on 10/10/11. since then i have lost 150lbs, I am almost at half my weight. Soon I will be at 1 yr!!! I have medicare (humana) which paid for my surgery but I'm wondering if anyone has the same insurance and if so do they offer any coverage for skin removal. I know I can just call the # on my card but sometimes speaking with people who have gone through the same can help also. Any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance...
on 6/7/12 12:34 pm - rock hill, SC
Topic: RE: New to Columbia & Looking for Friends
HI, Im Michael. Congrats on the weight loss. I am also about 6 months out.  I havent lost as much as u, last i check was about 125 ive lost. my highest was about 490  now about 360 or so .One reason I probally havent lost as much is due to the fact of exercise i cant exercise much, i get real bad gout arthritis in my knees. If u would like to keep in touch, it would be great to chat with someone goin thru same experience.. u can msg me here or email at
on 6/6/12 10:26 pm - Columbia, SC
Topic: New to Columbia & Looking for Friends
Hi everyone! I'm a 38 yr old Roux En-Y patient; 6 months post surgery. I had my surgery in Omaha, Nebraska which is where I am originally from. I moved to Columbia merely 3.5 months post surgery. Now that I'm at my 6 month mark, I'm hitting some emotional ups and downs. I think it would help me tremendously to begin mingling within the community a bit more and meeting some people as a support group of sorts (whether pre-surgery, post-surgery, or never going to have the sugery!).

I'm currently a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother to 3 elementary aged children. It is easy to get caught up in our own little world. I enjoy it but often find myself feeling as though something is lacking...outside friends! Once in a while I just desire to get out of the house, go shopping, have lunch, maybe even just chat on the phone with another adult a bit. Would love to be supportive to someone whom is getting ready to go through WLS but would also really like to find someone who has been there so that we can share tips, etc.

My heighest weight was a whopping 433lbs. I am happy to say that I am now weighing in at 250lbs and feeling great, for the most part. I still have another 50-70lbs to go. Total weight loss so far is 183lbs. With the assistance of my surgeon, I have created a whole new me! Now I'm ready to get out and live life.

By the way, I'm also in search of a work out, walking, exercise partner(s). I love, love, love to swim and participate in water aerobics. But I also enjoy biking, walking, and am open to any forms of exercise. If that isn't your cup of tea, then like I said, let's hang out and just be there to support each other.

P.S. I am happily committed in a relationship so I do not desire a "friendship" of that nature. :)

Feel free to email me at

Thanks for reading! -Angie