- HEALTH TRACKER
My insurance company only requires a 3 month weight management history so I could possibly be approved for surgery in as soon as five weeks! I've been very selective in who I'm discussing my decision with for surgery. As of now, there are only 7 people who know. I'm choosing to surround myself with those who I know will be supportive and loving. This decision has been stressful enough for me so I don't need anyone else's apprehensions added to my own!
My father and two sisters are very supportive. My sisters were the first people I told. We're very close and I knew they'd support me in getting healthier. I am, however, very nervous about how they'll feel after surgery. They're both obese too but I've always been the largest of the three. I know they'll always love and support me but it's my prayer that my weight loss doesn't make them uncomfortable or depressed in any way. I've actually spoken to a therapist about my anxiety around my sisters' feelings. This change will affect us all. I hate the thought of someone saying to them, "well I guess you're the BIG one now!" or "Look at your sister. Why don't you have WLS too?" Surgery is not for everyone and at this time, they don't believe it's the right thing for them to do and I respect their decision in the same way they respect mine. I knew that my dad would be supportive - even more so when I told him that I'm 380 pounds.
I've told three women at work. One I completely trusted and knew she'd be supportive, another who I told after discussing the success of another colleague's WLS, and the last is the actual colleague we were discussing. She had WLS in March 2011 and has done incredibly well - down from 286 lbs to 154lbs.
I've only told one of my dearest friends so far. I plan to tell the other members of the pack (we call ourselves the Six Pack) at our annual girls weekend next month. Outside of those listed, I don't plan to tell anyone else before surgery and probably only a few afterward.