I have struggled with weight for as long as I can remember. I've lost weight and gained it all back in half the time it took to lose it. I decided to have the surgery in April 2007, although I had gone back and forth about it for years. I was having health issues with diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and depression. I had the surgery on 11/13/07. My highest weight that I know of (because I did stop weighing myself) was 265, I was at 226.5 when I was approved for the surgery.
I chose not to tell anyone at work what type of surgery I was having. I had started losing weight before the surgery and had lost 23lbs as of the day of surgery, so no one has associated the surgery with the weight loss-they assumed it was a "female" issue and I've not discouraged that assumption, although I've not lied-just been very vague. (My boss is extremely cruel with her words and I just didn't want her to find out and have more ammunition to use against me.) All of my church friends and family know and have been supportive.
I've spent the last 7+ years in "hiding". Embarrassed by my weight and size. I've now lost 50lbs and feel WONDERFUL!!!! I'm now feeling like it's time to get out and start living again - make some friends, hang out with people. I no longer want to be alone all the time. I look forward to being healthy and alive!