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I live in Ontario, Canada and I am hoping to connect with others who have had gastric by/pass surgery and gain support in this journey. My weight struggle has been lifelong although I was a 'normal to above average' weight until my late thirties. I had a difficult menopause and many stressors resulted in more and more weight gain. Have had many serious attempts at weight loss but here I am still struggling.
I was diagnosed with depression and was on medication to help with mood and hot flash,etc. when I hit menopause at age 40ish. I struggled with the side-effects of the depression one of which was the weight gain. I am not on any meds now, I weaned off two years ago. I am 61 years old and frankly so tired of the increasing limitations of my size.
I weighed at my doctors about 6 weeks ago at 294 lbs ( I am 5'2) and when he asked if there was anything else to discuss I said yes. I want to be referred for bariatric surgery and he said "Are you serious?" I was never more serious than I was at that moment. I have read about bariatric surgery and the costs were out of my budget for sure. It just seemed cruel to have such a wonderful, minimally invasive procedure that would resolve the medical and emotional issues quickly. He told me that the province was now funding more and more bariatric surgery and here we go!
My first appt. was at Humber River Hospital for a information session. There were many people in all ranges of age and size. I found this website and am so happy to see that there is such a wealth of information. To my delight I received a call this afternoon to see if I could meet with the surgeon at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow (May 31). I was ecstatic because I am so ready for this. I hope I can be of some support on this site too.
hope to be gardening soon :o)