I am researching the possibility of having the surgery. My biggest obsticle is my committment level, my doctor and my parents. I have to have PCP approval to progress forward, I am just afraid when I bring up the subject with him, he will try to convince me that I can do this on my own...now mind you, I have tried cutting back, diabetic diet, Richard Simmons, Atkins, Curves, three meals a day only...and I currently weight more than I did when I started all these failures. I don't see this as the easy way out, but a way out that hold you accountable for your actions, and help you get healthy. I looked into this surgery about 5 years ago and when my disabled husband and family found out they made me promise I wouldn't take such drastic measures and they would help me take the weight off. They don't realize how miserable it is to have someone constantly say "you don't need that", "your only going to put back on the pounds", "honey, you shouldn't be drinking soda"...Ya, I know I should but I'll show you...I'll do it anyway...what have I got to lose... Well, here I am five years later, 75lbs heavier and a widow. I know I suffer from some depression, but I keep the smile on, keep everyone happy, except me...Anyone who can advise me how to approach my dr. & my parents would be greatly appreciated.