I am 40 years old and a mother of 2 teenagers, girl 18 and boy 15. I have been married for 20 years, not as amazing as it sounds we have had our problems.. I have been over weight for all of my life, but didnt really feel like I was different until I was older. All through high school I was a snug size 18. I stayed there until I had kids. then I just gained gained and gained. for a couple years I was getting on track and had lost almost 100# but I gained it back and more, then we moved again and i got depressed so alot of my weight is from depression. For the last 5+ years I have been working hard on getting wls, I want to live life and quit watching it pass me by! I want to be able to go shopping with my daughter again and keep up with my son. I havent been able to do that in years. I am now teetering at 400#, I cant breath, sleep or smile anymore. I went to the seminar it was very informative. I just pray this surgery happens for me soon. I going to be self pay because we have no insurance and I lost my soonercare.