piperkc 18 years, 7 months ago

"It's never too late to be who you might have been." ~George Eliot “The Greatest healing therapy is friendship and Love.” ~ Hubert Humphrey "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, any one can start from now and make a brand new ending" " The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." ~ O. S. Marden "Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil." ~ James Allen "I asked God to give me happiness. God said, "No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you." ~ Author Unknown "Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life. "Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, 'Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary." ~ Anthony Robbins " ~ Harvey Mackay "Life is a challenge, but if you don't stand and risk you will never know if you were able to win or lose. Challenges are not a thing of winning or losing; they are a way of learning from them to become a better person every day! ~ Alexsander Rodriguez, P.R "Don't ask for it to be easy, ask for it to be worth it." Dan Kuschell "The most important question to ask is not 'What am I getting?' The most important question to ask on the job is 'What am I becoming?'"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however." - Richard Bach "In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence." ~ Jackson Brown "I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning." ~ J.B. Priestly "Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult." ~ Julia Cameron "The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. That block of granite is often nothing more than a decision." ~ Thomas Carlyle "Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure." ~ Sydney Harris "Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." ~ Katherine Mansfield "Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do. Scared of what people might think if we tried. We let fears stand in the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit quietly when we want to scream. And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut. Why? After all, we do only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid. JUST DO IT." ~ Nike advertising campaign "I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life's endeavors. Your attitude - your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people - determines your priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself." ~ Carolyn Warner "Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives." ~ Author Unknown "It's never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Eliot "For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it." ~ Author Unknown "Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson A wish changes NOTHING; A decision, changes EVERYTHING "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will,they soon become inevitable." Christopher Reeves "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Isaiah 43:2-3 Everyone has beauty but not everyone sees it. "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much." ~ Jim Rohn May you always have an Angel by your side. Watching out for you in all the things you do. Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days. Have a speedy recovery Angela in Corpus Christi 291lbs BMI 45.60 -234lbs Dr Michael Grace Open RNY Life began May 16, 2002 I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Surely..I will heal you." 2 Kings 20:5

LissyPenguin 18 years, 7 months ago

Hey Josh, looks like you were banded one day after me! So hello there, bandster buddy! Dont snowstorms suck??? I had to battle one to get to my surgery -- I just knew that come hell or high water, I was getting there!!! So far Ive been doing okay... just a little sore, going back to work tomorrow, hope all goes well. Well, take care of yourself and keep your progress posted! take care and happy holidays! :)

Judith G. 18 years, 7 months ago

WOW --that is quite the story. Very impressive to work so hard to save the $ up for surgery. I am having lap-band surgery on Friday 12/9/05 at U of Minnesota. My insurance is paying for part of mine but I still have to come up with about $5K out of pocket plus our $3k annual deductible(which we have already paid for the year). I am feeling very good about my decision to go with the lap-band. At the seminar I was at it showed that statistically at 5 years post-op both RNY & Lap-Banders will be at 55%-60% loss of excess weight on average. Best of luck to you for a complication-free experience and I'll see you over on the losing side soon. Judith G Inver Grove Hts, MN

Sheryl M. 21 years, 10 months ago

Hi Jushua: I am sheryl in NM. I have been dealing with voc. rehab for 3 years myself. I didnt have them pay for weight loss surgery but I have been going to college for 3 years now and they helped me get a computer, desk and wheelchair for school. I have found that they will work with you if you will be upfront and honest and let them know that you are really sirious. I know my spelling is atrosious but bare with me. I am post op 6 weeks and have lost 51 lbs so far. Medicare and medicade paid for mine and they are doing very well to do what is needed. I have been disabled for 16 years and I am now 45 years old. The surgery has really improved my quality of life now and I would advicate it to any one who has been disabled for quite a while.Please let me know how it goes I am very interested in helping fellow disabled people. Sheryl Open RnY July 22, 2002 516/453/400/160

nsager 21 years, 11 months ago

dont give up hope there is something out there for you....... I to was refused for a while but I finally got help from the state of illinois to help pay for some of it so there is all ways hope.........HUGS

Nicole S. 22 years ago

Hi Joshua, I ran across your profile and read of all the difficulities you have experienced with insurance companies. Hang in there! Hopefully soon the right situation will come about.

Cinna G. 22 years, 2 months ago

Has your status changed? Did you have surgery? When was it? How are you doing? Please remember the importance of keeping your profile updated. It is the only way that others can see different stories of wls. Whether it be good, bad or ugly, each persons journey is important to others. Please update your profile so that others can follow along on this amazing journey. You never know who you might inspire.

Lezley J. 22 years, 2 months ago

Joshua, don't give up! Keep pushing. It will happen. God Bless. -Lezley
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