February 27, 2007---My story is that I have been overweight all my life with the exception of high school. After college and grad school I gained an inordinate amount of weight in one year--about 60 pounds--it was a bad year. My OBGYN back then in 1990 told me I should go to Houston and have the surgery (I weighed 50 pounds less then!). Back then it was very controversial and scary to my family and me. I tried various and sundry other things but never lost more than 50 pounds at a time and overall gaining more weight--up to where I am now--almost 300 pounds. I have thought about and researched surgery for the past 10 years. My insurance with the state has a strict exclusion though so it has been out of my reach financially. It is only now with the help of my parents and the reduced prices that it is finally within my reach. Now I am nervous, but excited too about the possibilities. I have been overweight so long I can't remember what it is like to not be uncomfortable at the hair salon, an airplane seat, the movie theatre etc...Even though some public settings are trying to accomodate for the bigger people, I never liked being the one who is the biggest in the room....almost everywhere I go. It is the night before pre-op testing so it is time to go to bed and get some rest! More later!