Hi Lori, we are neighbors. I live in Fenton too. I live just off New Sugar Creek. Stay posted to this board and some of your fears will be eased. I am scheduled for surger Aug 5, 04! I am nervous but excited too. I researched this for over a year before I decided it was for me. Also New Start has a wonderful program that is very informative their website is WWW.weightlossreduction.com. Also this group Traci K. has arranged to have a support group Aug 28. I am hoping to attend and you would be welcome to go also. If interested let me know. Look into the New Start program I think you will be impressed.