I have been heavy all my life and in the last ten years, I have experienced a number of medical issues associated with my weight--Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy in both my hands and my feet, high blood pressure, etc, etc, ETC!!! Thus, I have been thinking about this surgery for a long, long time. Seeing the success of my father(who had the bypass in 2006) and my mom(who had her revision in Sept. of 2008), I knew this would be the best path for me. I know it will still be a lot of hard work. I don't expect this to be a quick fix. But, I need something, some sort of tool to help me in a way that other diets and plans have not. So, after much thought, fear, and insurance issues, I finally have my surgery date--Dec 1, 2008!!! YaY for me! And, YaY for my husband and parents, who will hopefully have a healthy ME for a change!