I am 55 years old and just recently retired from the teaching profession after 33 years. I am happily married and my husband and I have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. We live in Friendswood, Texas. All of my life I have struggled with weight issues. I am 5'7" and at two different times in my life, including now, I have reached a weight of 210 pounds, approximately 50 lbs over where I want to be. I am an emotional eater. I had my first bariatric surgery, a lap band at 35 in 2001. It worked really well, and I lost 60 lbs, but after 19 years it began to fail. The band slipped, eroded, caused me to develop ulcers, and ultimately, Barrett's Esophagus. The surgery to remove my lap band was in Dec of 2019. For three months after that surgery the pounds very slowly added up, and I gained approximately 14 lbs. I was totally freaking out. Then, the Pandemic hit in mid March, and I lost every single modicum of control. I am having a RNY on 8/19, and am very content with my decision. I am a very bariatric compliant patient, but without the safeguard of a surgical procedure, I do not do well at all. This surgery promises to not only aid me in my weight loss but also to help alleviate my Barret's issue, and correct my hiatal hernia. I have a lot of work forthcoming with working on my emotional eating issues, but I am looking forward to this!