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  1. Yesterday I had my first appointment at the BMI clinic in Joondalup with Dr. Kathi, for what I thought was going to be Gastric Band surgery. I came out knowing I was going to have to go and research the Gastric Sleeve. Dr. Kathi suggested a Gastric Sleeve because of my age and lifestyle. It would seem that this is the way forward after perusing so many web pages etc. So, let me give you a bit of history; I am married to Phil and have been for 32 years next week! We have been together for 38 years. We have 4 adult sons and 2 grandsons. We are good male breeders!! I work at a bible college as the Academic Dean and have been there for 16 years. Yes in some respects I am very boring and don't like change but prefer to work through issues for a good result. In all areas accept me and my weight! I remember when I was 15 standing on the scales at the royal show and I was 8 st. 13oz. Pretty normal I guess back then but on the heavy side. My friends were skinny I was "fat". And so began my yo yo weight life of diet eat diet eat diet eat. Pretty sure I've lost a whole lot more than my weight in my lifetime... Moving along I remember when I met Phil when I was 22. I weighed in at 57 kilos or 9 stone. I had been on a diet again but this time was staying put and quite happy. As I have big boobs I was always a size 14/16 and frankly don't ever remember anything less. Then I became pregnant and used that as an excuse to eat. Boy I wish someone had told me that I shouldn't do that. After the last son was born I weighed in at around 80 kilos. He is 24 this year! In September 2010 I was diagnosed with an Ovarian tumour and I had a radical hysterectomy 3 days later. My doctor said to me "it is cancer until proven otherwise". Not the words you want to hear. The tumour was the size of a baby's head but fortunately it was benign. At that time I was 107 kilos. About a year after I hit the scales at my heaviest. I was 117 kilos. It was then I drew a line in the sand and said enough! I realised I was killing myself and made some changes. I reduced and have almost removed gluten from my diet. I drink 1 coffee a day with milk otherwise no Lactose. I rarely eat sugar, but I do like a nice red with a meal on the odd occasion. If I don't see all the ingredients I don't eat it, which means I don't eat packaged food at all anymore. In all of those changes though I only managed to lose 18 kilos and must say whilst Im still obese at 5'2" and 99 kilos I feel so much better than I ever did. But all the overeating has given me insulin issues. I dont have Diabetes but I am insulin resistant, Syndrome X they call it I think. I have been 99 kilos for a year and without Metformin I cant lose any more. Hence the Gastric Band journey because I knew that any diabetes issues were removed. So now Im thinking the sleeve and agree with what the Doctor spoke to me of yesterday. My hubby is FIFO at the moment and when he is home we like to go out and have a meal. This was worrying me because at 60 this year I want to be able to do the things that we can enjoy together and eating is one of them. Oh yeah have a mentioned he's like stick figure! So I wont be able to eat so much but I can eat anything with a GS so the doc said. On a Wednesday the local pub does a steak night and we go with the kids and hubby when he's home. All I could think of as I was driving to my appointment yesterday was that I could go to steak night but I would not be having the steak!! I would have to watch the rest of the family eating steak which I was told is pretty much a no can do with a GB. Whilst I wont ever be able to eat a whole steak again with a GS I will be able to eat a couple of mouthfuls which will make me happy. The negatives; 1. The skin issue. I already have lose skin so adding more is going to freak me out. I know better to be healthy but my head isn't quite there yet. 2. The hair issue. I have fine long hair, and I'll freak out if I lose it. Again better to be healthy... The Positives; 1. Pretty sure the pre diabetes issues will go 2. My biological age will reduce. Its 74 as of yesterday. 3. My metabolism might kick in which would be nice My Goal; "To have 20 good healthy years with Phil" Let's see how we go
  2. my journey began 44 years ago when I was born a whopping 13pound 12onces, thats nearly 7kg (I think my Mum had undiagnnosed gestational diabetes). I was born and raised in a small country town and my days were filled with school ,chores and sport ... so much sport, netball, basketball, softball, horse riding, swimming, squash, and the list goes on there were new sports every year!! At some point in my pre teen years I had a minor crisis, that was never discussed and I never got treatment for so in typical country teen way i repressed everything and pretended it didnt happen and kept on going. This was as massisve mistake in my life (and in hind sight I can see that now) in my teen years I was really angry and acted out (alot!). I left home young (16) and moved to another town. Please dont think that I didnt maintain a relationship with my family, I did, but I couldnt keep living there any more. For the next 2 years I ran absolutley wild, drinking and smoking pot and cigarettes, staying out all night etc. i stopped playing sports and my weight blossomed along with untreated depression. Then I met a boy who I thought was going to be my saviour and stablise my life for me and we got engaged when I was 18, married when I was 19 and then had 2 babies at 20 and 21!! (boys) For the first couple of years it worked for me and my life was full of babies who did love me and need me. At 25 I had my beautiful daughter and another breakdown, I was so close to suicide it terrified me - but the years of pretending everything was OK kicked in and I struggled though, again without treatment. ex Hubby and I bought our own home and moved again, and i became a contempory house wife - baking, gardening, volunteering on the P&C - all the best that I could fake. When I was 29 he went on a fishing trip (?) with his mates (mistress) and I was left at home with the kiddies (being a dutiful wife- cooking cleaning etc) and while defraggining the computer and sorting out the files on it I stumbled across the ultimate betrayal that can be afforded within a marriage and discovered his affairs. I was sooo pissed off!!!!! This time I didnt curl up in the bottom of the shower and cry myself sick I got motivated to make things better for me and my kids. Thankfully I had found some very good and supportive friends in the local area and they helped me emotionally and physically for the next couple of years. Prudently I sought advice and followed it diligently (I was angry enough to want blood) and managed to keep the family home, assets, car and custody of the kids in the divorce. For the next 2 years I shut down and went onto auto pilot again, making sure that we had a roof over our head, food in bellies, clothes on backs and shoes on feet. I was so busy surviving that my weight ballooned again. FYI in hindsight again it may not have been so bad had he not lied and said outright that he wasnt happy in our marriage instead of whoring around. The next nine years, were better than I would have anticipated them to be, I met some amazing guys - where I set the boundries of our interactions (friends with benifits) explored alot of options and settled down with a regular job - lol that covers alot of living and learning. I was still smoking cigarettes and always promised my self that I would quit as soon as I lost weight - well that was never going to happen! My night breathing got hard and walking upstairs got hard and I couldnt play outside with my kids any more. Bless my GP who told me about Champix at the right time and got me scripted out for it and challenged me to smoke to the send of the script. At 38 i gave up smoking and felt good enough to start walking for half an hour a day for fitness. By this time I was 174kg!! After 3 months of smoke free the same Dr refered me for a gastric sleeve, and supported me with weigh ins and weight loss medication - all the way to 145kg. When I turned 40 I met the most amazing man- his wife had cheated on him as well and we had an instant rapport (we met online in a daiting site) We talked online for nearly 3 months exchanging emails every day and exploring our strengths and weaknesses together to establish our suitability for each other (once bitten twice shy) until we decided to bite the bullet and meet face to face and have a coffee and see how things go Well WOW - within 3 months we were living together and in a daze of happiness and absolute contentment. My 19 and 20 year old boys lived in the home that I was paying for and my 15 year old daughter moved with me to my parters home into the spare room ( still have room for his kiddies as well) - he loves me, everything about me and all of me. Hes always been attracted to cuddly women and prefers the curvy girl. in the past 4 years I have got my scuba ticket , learnt to jet ski, ride a motor bike, gone 4X4ing and camping - he has enabled me to expand my life into something wonderful and supports all the things I want to try and want to learn - my weight however does impact on all of our lifestyle. ( its exhausting climbing into a boat carrying a scuba tank and 20kg of weights after an hour of swimming in currents) Boxing day 2012 we took out the boat for some us time with a dive out at garden island to try out a new underwater camera - the water was choppy and rough (I get sea sick) and we ended up going for a snorkel instead of a dive. The water was getting choppier and I was getting green around the gills so we decided to return to port and spend the rest of the day at home instead - On the way home the boat began to take on water (weswiched on the bilge pumps) and one of the motors decided to get tempramental- so we switched of the motor and chugged along with one motor only- having a 20foot shark cat (thats a twin hull) we thought that it would take alot to swamp her - and it did but she did begin to falter so we headed to Garden Island to beach her instead. We called for search and rescue and told them what was happening and requseted assistance - 2 minutes Later I called back stating that we were sinking and we jumping over board and needed rescue. We jumped over board and swam to the side as she went down . As she was a biggish boat and a twin hull she stored air in the hull and as she sunk she twisted and the cabin came over the top of us and trapped us back inside her again!. We had to freedive down to swim free from her cabin to get out again. We clambered on top of the hull that was sticking out and waited for rescue. Rescue came pretty quick and once we were on board the rescue boat we were able to salvage some of the floating equipment. They took me to shore and took my partnerback to the boat to drag it out of the shipping lane. Talk about pumping on adrenalin. The next day I organised a Salvage Group to refloat the boat and bring her home and my fella and some of his other dive buddies went out to salvage what they could from the bottom of the ocean - they bought back almost everything! Again I began to repress the fall out from this rather dramatic and traumatic event, but this time it was really hard, I was having adrenalin filled flash backs and crying in my sleep. On Australia Day 2012 I lost a childhood friend to an MRSA infection after a lapband operation and I couldnt cope any more and cried all the time. I went to my new GP and cried in the offce for nearly an hour and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. She refered me to an amazing Psychiatrist with a Medicare Mental Health Plan and I was him for almost a year and then joined an anxiety and depression support group. The time i spent talking to Dr Dave, was the best thing I could do for me , it was an emotional purge that allowed me to examine my life and accept the events without accepting the guilt associated with it. The counselling gave me the opportunity to grow and develop into an even more amazing person, who is far more passionate about all things. 6 months ago I got the letter that I was booked in to see Mr Yong at Joondalup Hospital for Bariatric Surgery, I had almost forgotten that I was on the Public wait list and was unsure what I wanted to do. I discussed the oppertunity with my support group a very few, very close friends and most importantly with my partner for almost 5 months before the choice was made to go along and meet every one and see how i felt about them. After the initial meeting I was sure that this is the choice that I wanted and an action that I would undertake and my partner is supporting me all the way. My choice is based on wanting to have an amazing life, full of love, life and amazing events. I have distanced myself from those who were detractors, and in the habit of putting me down, and I choose to have an empowering life. My Sleeve date is 23/6/14 and I acknowledge that the recovery time may be difficult, but the ongoing life that I can anticipate will be worth the effort. At the moment I am 139kg and am aiming for 80kg. Love to all Shell
  3. Carislb

    One year later

    Hi everyone Thought I would share my 12 month picture journey with you all. I'm roughly 10 kilograms from my ultimate goal, but I would be over the moon with half that! To celebrate my weight loss I bought a road bike on my bandiversary. My partner is a competitive cyclist so now I can join him on weekend rides. I'm sure these last few kilograms will melt off now that I'm riding Thanks to everyone for all your support and constructive posting over the last 12 months. You're all so inspiring! Happy digesting Caris
  4. BandedBoop

    Day one of the journey!

    Hi All, I just started my Optislim diet today! due to be banded on the 5th of March! I am beyond excited I hope I get heaps of advice and support on these forums and I am looking forward to documenting my journey Current starting weight approximately 163kgs height is 157cm I am 22 years of age and ENGAGED to a chubby hubby! I also have PCOS. looking to get to half my weight by next year and ultimately my goal by my wedding day 15th of May 2015 I want to document my journey and give back the community I so regularly stalked anonymously and read so many stories before making the decision to get my life back! Thank you all so much for your stories and your advice though I don't know you all personally you've all made a minor impact in my decision to get banded! - Boop. Ps. Optislim tastes odd..
  5. .Cat Lair Claire

    2 Days Post Op :)

    New to Banding. Second day. All going well. Home and moving about. Anybody out there just starting on this journey too? I am 34 year old female. Start weight 114. Have 2 kids, and hubby
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