I am 54 years old, have been overweight all my life-chubby as a child, overweight in high school, moved into morbid obesity over time. This year, (2007), I woke up one morning and realized it was time to take care of me. I've always been the caregiver-type of person. In my twenties I married a man who was completely disabled, and of course was presented with many challenges. After ten years he left to marry someone else. I then met my soulmate, and we were married for eleven years. He died suddenly of a heart condition in 2002. Our son was eight at the time. Life has been a challenge for us but now, I have learned so much during this part of my life's journey. I am now ready for the next journey, and that is my goal to be healthy and live a long life and to watch my son grow up. I have jumped through all the hoops and begin the pre-op liquid diet on 6/6. June 20 will be the beginning of my new celebration of life! I trust that God will help me through the journey and that all goes well. I enjoy all the fabulous people on this website and have learned so much. I look forward to continued and growing friendships from the people I meet.