Hey. My name is Suzanne, my journey began about 10 years ago. I have been overweight all of my teen life and into my adult life. I am 28 years old and weigh 223lbs but this is not my highest weight. I suffer from heel spurs. I have had surgery but they did not remove them they slit the ligament in my foot to take the pressure off of it. This causes a lot of pain and keeps me from being able to do a lot of exercising. I have been looking at WLS for about 9 months. My mother suffers from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and I do not want to follow in her foot steps. Don't get me wrong I love my mother dearly and she is one of my best friends but I see what she goes thru and I do not want to go thru that. I have dieted all my life and I can lose some weight but I cannot keep it off. I have a WONDERFUL life, all I could ever ask for except this one thing. I am not happy with myself, I have NO self confidence & I just want to wear a pair of shorts and not be ashamed of myself!!! I have a wonderful, loving husband and the most precious little boy I have ever seen. I want to the be the best wife & mother I can be physically! I want to be able to play with my son and not give out of breath. I want to live to see him graduate, get married, have babies, etc. I want to live a LONG, HEALTHY life. I want this surgery for me! I know in my heart it is the right thing for me. I have just began the process so I will keep you up to date. PLEASE WISH ME LUCK!!!!