Just checking in to let you know it's been twelve years since I had my surgery. I lost 120 lbs. and have kept it off. I try and new and interesting things, I travel - a LOT, and it's been good. I wanted to be sure to check in at least once a year because this site was so critically important to me when I had my surgery and if I can provide any encouragement to you as you navigate your way through this process, I am happy to do so. Good luck, rely on each other, and believe in yourself. You are on a remarkable journey - enjoy it!