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  1. A 4-Week Preoperative Ketogenic Micronutrient-Enriched Diet Is Effective in Reducing Body Weight, Left Hepatic Lobe Volume,and Micronutrient Deficiencies in Patients Undergoing BariatricSurgery: a Prospective Pilot Study https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s11695-018-3145-8?shared_access_token=U5XTBvHCYDFkcmtcIH5xY_e4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY7LsxKiiE0_47-eKFj1eRCM7ih4vy8AskvlMnoPYNoGdvL5Q6ojVwq1k642qMP8KRraGqXRFhZ3eO3enCQRN3Jl6S_7QZy2U4MqogZ2D3KNnxoXH72W-sVy1LTYtJr95KI%3D
  2. A 4-Week Preoperative Ketogenic Micronutrient-Enriched Diet Is Effective in Reducing Body Weight, Left Hepatic Lobe Volume,and Micronutrient Deficiencies in Patients Undergoing BariatricSurgery: a Prospective Pilot Study https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s11695-018-3145-8?shared_access_token=U5XTBvHCYDFkcmtcIH5xY_e4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY7LsxKiiE0_47-eKFj1eRCM7ih4vy8AskvlMnoPYNoGdvL5Q6ojVwq1k642qMP8KRraGqXRFhZ3eO3enCQRN3Jl6S_7QZy2U4MqogZ2D3KNnxoXH72W-sVy1LTYtJr95KI%3D
  3. It makes sense to me. Better to eat "real food" (i.e. unprocessed) and using nutritious ingredients rather than the VLCD shakes, bars, soups and desserts which have come out of a packet, and are a food-like product. Personally I'd much rather have a salad with some protein rather than eat those products. "Be Fit Food, founded by clinical dietitian Kate Save and bariatric surgeon Dr Geoff Draper, was born out of the pair’s frustration with clients using “shake diets” to attempt to lose weight before surgery. The company sells tailored, prepackaged meals based around the ketogenic diet — high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate — which forces the body to rapidly burn fat. Unlike competitors such as Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers, Be Fit Foods claims to be the only company in the market that uses a “science-first” approach, starting with the required formula of macronutrients and working backwards to create the recipes." http://www.news.com.au/finance/small-business/lose-10-kilos-in-two-weeks-be-fit-food-scores-300000-investment-on-shark-tank/news-story/39ad4a6220a713a3dc5126161c346e90#itm=newscomau|finance|right-now-in-|0|Shark Tank Australia 2017%3A Be Fit Food scores %24300K from Jan...|story|Karl on Australia Day%3A ‘It must change’&itmt=1502837924978
  4. Hi Admin, First - just to acknowledge that you folk are all doing this "behind the scenes", and that you are all Volunteers. Doing this out of the generosity and goodness of your hearts, with the very best of intentions. And to thank you for all the "work behind the scenes" that you do. I am not web-site savvy, but I am wondering if, maybe, this site could be jiggled to provide a couple of extra categories e.g. "Bandit's Monthly", and "Sleever's Monthly" under appropriate categories? This could provide a forum for folks in the same situation to relate to. Unfortunately, for us sleevers, it appears as though "gastricsleevesupport" has fallen apart due to lack of Moderators/Admin. This site had forums - initiated by users - e.g. under "Sleevers Monthly" - "February 2015". Thank you for taking this into consideration - and thank you for all the "work behind the scenes" that you do. Kind regards, and "Thank You" for taking this on. Denzel.
  5. This makes sense to me. Better to eat "real food" (i.e. unprocessed) and using nutritious ingredients rather than the VLCD shakes, bars, soups and desserts which have come out of a packet, and are a food-like product. Personally I'd much rather have a salad with some protein rather than eat those products. "Be Fit Food, founded by clinical dietitian Kate Save and bariatric surgeon Dr Geoff Draper, was born out of the pair’s frustration with clients using “shake diets” to attempt to lose weight before surgery. The company sells tailored, prepackaged meals based around the ketogenic diet — high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate — which forces the body to rapidly burn fat. Unlike competitors such as Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers, Be Fit Foods claims to be the only company in the market that uses a “science-first” approach, starting with the required formula of macronutrients and working backwards to create the recipes." http://www.news.com.au/finance/small-business/lose-10-kilos-in-two-weeks-be-fit-food-scores-300000-investment-on-shark-tank/news-story/39ad4a6220a713a3dc5126161c346e90#itm=newscomau|finance|right-now-in-|0|Shark Tank Australia 2017%3A Be Fit Food scores %24300K from Jan...|story|Karl on Australia Day%3A ‘It must change’&itmt=1502837924978
  6. Needing support? Lost direction? Freedownload: Nutrition for Weightloss Surgery Reboot Toolkit https://nutritionforwls.clickfunnels.com/reboot-toolkit
  7. Changingourweighspc

    WLS Podcast

    Hey Everyone, I just came across this website through referral and didnt actually know it existed. Seems like a really good resource for the whole WLS community and I hope everyone is finding it useful on all of their journeys. My name is Grant and I have a Gastric Sleeve in April 2015. SW - 179. CW - 100. I just wanted to tell you guys about a Podcast that my wife and I have started that is dedicated to the WLS Community called Changing Our Weighs. We discuss a lot of different points and I know that our community out there would certainly love a perspective from a number of different people. We are on both Facebook and Instagram for social media. The Podcast is available on both iPhone and Android and so far has been downloaded almost 2000 times from all over the world in just a little over 3 weeks. We love getting feedback so I would appreciate you going over and checking it out and joining us for the many discussions we have regarding the WLS journey. From pre-op to Post-op and beyond. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Changingourweighspc Instagram: @changingourweighspc
  8. This guy - Dr Mark Weiner - is the tops! Check out all his fantastic series of clips on youtube on everything to do with WLS - nutrition, exercise etc etc.
  9. Hi all, Thank you in advance for your thoughtful replies. It's been about two years since I've been on this forum, and boy, have I been through hell. Multiple complications with my band include unable to eat even the smallest bites of food before 12pm, frequently unable to eat when stressed despite only having 4ml mixed with the ability to overeat at other times. Cutting myself off now. I'm scarred. Scarred from vomiting saliva, and how that was handled by my surgeon's rooms. All I can say is, thank heavens for Dr Jennifer Duncombe on Dr Blair Bowden's team. My goodness did she help me out! That was very scary stuff. I'm tired of feeling like just another patient in a long line of patients. For someone with a bit of anxiety and nervousness around bariatric surgery, I can't go back to my previous surgeon. I need a surgeon who will make the effort and show he genuinely cares. I've decided on Dr Hatzifotis and aim to be sleeved Dec 2017. Question time: I have Ultimate cover with BUPA and I've been quoted $4500 for the surgeon fees, $300 for assistant surgeon, $650-$850 for anaesthetist. Since my morphine haze of my last surgery in Nov 2014, I seriously cannot remember how payment was organised. Can anyone help me out with how the #31575 code works with PHI and the process of paying for the surgery. So far I know that I have to pay the surgeon and assistant surgeon fees a week before surgery, but as for the rest and how Bupa works I'm a bit confused. Due to my ultimate cover, I also won't have an excess and will have $200 for other out of pocket expenses by Bupa. So. What is the process of paying my hospital account and how does PHI cover 31575? Thank you! Amelia
  10. Zara1

    Sleeve or Band?

    Hi all, I'm not sure if there is a thread already asking this as I am new here, but I'd like to get some opinions on what has worked best for people, band or sleeve. I had my first appointment today and my surgeon was pretty much leaning toward the sleeve. He said that he has only done 2 bands this year as the sleeve is becoming the more popular option. He also said that he is removing a lot of bands. I have been thinking about WLS for a number of years now and I have always had my heart set on the band. However, from what I have read in the past 6 months the sleeve is becoming the better option? I am currently 113kg and 45kg overweight. I'm just really confused about which option is best so I'd like to see what has worked for others. Thanks in advance. Zara
  11. I had my band removed last year due to multiple complications (I had it for 6 years), and now my 12 months on health insurance is up, and I'm due to book in a date for a sleeve.. but I'm really worried about doing it. With my band I had no hesitations at all, and wasn't scared of the surgery at all. But then, I didn't know as much then as I did now about weight loss surgeries, even with my family being in medicine! My mum died three months ago... as a result from infection from surgery to remove pancreatic cancer. Not so simple though - her previous weight loss surgeries went so wrong time after time for years on end, her stomach was a mess, and needed to be "rewired" in order for this new surgery (removal of pancreatic cancer) to be possible. This was a BIG surgery, and risk of death was high. We knew that before she went in, but there was no other choice. She was 60 yrs old. Had she not had the weight loss surgery (in her late 20's), her lifespan would have been considerably higher, she would have had a better quality of life without the illnesses brought on from it, and she probably would never have developed pancreatic cancer (gut surgeries, including band / sleeve etc, increase your chances of getting cancer, up to 20%. This increases with time after you've had the surgery. This has been fact for decades). She was very sick and frail most of her life due to the weight loss surgeries - she also developed the syndrome (name escapes me right now) that 80% of weight loss surgery patients develop - peritonitis, pulmonary embolism, severe vit D deficiency (so bad infusions don't work, let alone tablets), bruising, abdominal pain, shoulder pain, back pain, unexplained tachycardia, severe sleep disturbances, continuously tired, muscle weakness, all the symptoms of fibromyalgia, multiple endocrinology issues (like the bodies inability to produce enough cortisone, the implications of which most people don't even begin to understand), etc etc etc. (My mum is NOT an isolated case - she's the norm. 80% of patients develop varying levels of this after 2 years, and it increases with time, mainly in bypass patients, but it can also happen with sleeves, its caused by build up of bacteria in blind loop or staple lines). I know all this now because the coroner is investigating my mums death... there is no confusion on any of this, other than from the general public and some not so in the loop surgeons. its all been very official and factual. Im not worried about dying myself... but Im really worried about my two brothers, because we are all we have left. I'm worried about putting them through all that we went through with mum for those many years, or telling them in 5-10 years I have cancer too. Or Im worried about getting an infection from the surgery and dying then. They'd be beyond devastated. I don't have any weight related health complications (and most can be controlled without surgery anyway), not to say they wont develop in the future. I think wanting the surgery is a selfish thing. I want to be lighter and fit into clothes and look better and feel just a little more confident. But Im not sure if having that is worth the rest of it for my family. I see a lot of people here talking about 1 more kilo gone forever after their weight loss. That's a pure lie. Regardless of which surgery you have, you can still gain weight and be as heavy as you were before you started, if you don't diet and exercise forever. Let that sink in. Really. (my mum is a perfect example of that - and she had the most drastic surgery, gastric bypass. I also gained all my weight back with my band at times, even though I had complications that meant I couldn't swallow my own saliva, let alone food). Ignore the people who had their surgery less 5 years ago. All the issues and complications flood in at the 10 year point - and that time will fly. So, Im still thinking about booking my sleeve in. If I will or not. But just thought Id share that with you. There's a lot of things surgeons don't print in their pamphlets, and the fact is the negatives of WLS are creeping up and will probably over take the positives soon, as more extensive, large number, studies are released. People still don't understand that surgeons don't now or aren't aware of all this, that its to be expected that they dont, they are just the slice and dice people. They aren't endocrinologists, they aren't all specialists rolled into one. Staple line leaks and band slips are the least of your problems - they are rare and can be fixed if caught in time. The above is common, and cant be fixed. Im not against it at all (obviously, I'm still considering the sleeve), but just be sure you're not having the surgery for selfish reasons... because, potentially, its your family who will pay for it. The lack of knowledge on WLS complications and long term effects amaze me. Bottom line is, had I known then what I know now (in terms of long term permanent side affects / complications of surgery), I would NEVER have allowed someone I loved to do it.
  12. I checked emails to find one from my private health insurer - Medibank. Only to be notified that as of 28th September 2015 weight loss surgery will not be covered on basic cover anymore (The only reason why I even bothered with private health cover). I haven't been signed up for a full year. My question is if I will be switching over to another level of cover does that mean any previous time served will be null and void in regards to my application for weight loss surgery? Obviously soon I will call medibank themselves but just wanting to know other people's expierience in regards to similar situation. Cheers
  13. 3 Top Reasons For Regain After Weight Loss Surgery Making the decision to have weight loss surgery is a very big deal. It seems obvious to say that when someone agrees to weight-loss surgery they're desperate for help to change the way they're living, or not fully living their lives. Everyone goes into the procedure ready and willing to surgically alter their anatomy hoping for a better future. So why is it that so many will fall short of losing the optimal amount of weight for their health and will actually regain within 3 years much if not all of the weight they lost? Some studies say 1/3 of patients will regain most of their weight post-surgery. I think the number is actually higher because many people who regain simply fall out of contact with their bariatric surgeon and support staff because they feel ashamed, so the statistics do not include these people. So, why do most people regain the weight? What can you do to help insure that you will be one of the successful long-term losers of your excess weight? By examining why people fail you can create a plan for how you will succeed. The government agency, National Institutes for Health (NIH) defines weight-loss surgery as "merely a tool that helps people get a new start toward maintaining long-term good health. The surgery alone will not help someone lose weight and keep it off. Together with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet and daily exercise, surgery will help an individual lose weight and maintain the weight loss." Please read that a few times. That is how important this quote is! The surgery alone will not help someone lose weight and keep it off. We as weight-loss surgery patients have a history of seeking comfort, happiness and pleasure through food. We wouldn't be here if that weren't true. Me included. The process of surgically altering our anatomies does nothing to remove from us the tendency to seek comfort in familiar ways but assures there will be physical suffering if we do. Post-surgery we will still have the same brain that is used to comforting us with food, and we will still have the fingers and the arms that are used to lifting food to the same mouth to find comfort and pleasure. It is critically important that the WLS patient seek out new ways to soothe, comfort, and find pleasure in their world other than by eating. ONE main reason patients regain their weight is they search for ways to get around the surgery, still thinking of food as primarily a source of pleasure, not a source of fuel that can be pleasurable. This is often done relying on liquid calories, which may pass more easily, like high calorie coffee or juice bar drinks or alcohol. This is also done post-operatively by trying to maintain the presence of "trigger foods" in their lives. "Trigger foods" are often foods from the patient's past that helped cause obesity, do not satisfy hunger but instead create a craving. Many are high-calorie and highly processed, not nutritious. Trigger foods can include chocolate, chips, crackers, bread, cookies, ice cream, pudding, lattes, frapuccinos and alcoholic beverages. Really, any food can be a "trigger food" if there is so much pleasure in the "mouth-feel" or taste that repeating the pleasurable experience takes on more importance than actually feeding hunger. Very successful patients cultivate a mostly trigger-free post- surgical life. Bariatric surgeons know the most common reason for regain. The most common post- surgical complication is "noncompliance." Non-compliance is a fancy word that means the patient is not eating and exercising the way he/she agreed to before surgery. These people "talk the talk." The successful patient "walks the walk" after surgery and changes how they eat and move. A SECOND reason people often regain beginning in the second or third year post-op is that the "honeymoon" is over. The "honeymoon" generally encompasses the first 12 to 18 months post- surgery. During this time many patients will say, "I could eat all the chocolate and ice cream I wanted and still lose weight. I didn't have to try and the weight just came off." This is often true because the body has been through such a shock after surgery that it takes months for the body to reset itself and learn to function with its' new physiology. Patients who regain their weight often believe that this "honeymoon period" is the new way that it will always be and don't adopt healthy eating patterns. So when their "honeymoon period" ends as it will they believe that the surgery has somehow failed them. In reality they have failed their surgery! During the first 12-18 months post-op it is essential to develop healthy patterns around food and exercise. This is the time when it is actually easiest to do and to not do so wastes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to begin a great new life with positive momentum. A THIRD reason many patients regain much of their lost weight is a lack of support. Humans are social animals and we desire and need the support of each other throughout our lives. For thousands, if not tens of thousands, of years people coming together as a family or a community over food has been a way we connect with each other. Post-surgery, when the patient isn't able to eat what others are eating or in the quantities others are eating, or others are eating their 'trigger foods", life can feel very stressful and lonely. This can be compounded by being around unsupportive people or people who want to be supportive but don't know how. Patients fail by not surrounding themselves with supportive people in a safe environment where they also must be accountable for their actions and behavior with food and their bodies. It is key to have a community of professionals and non-professionals who understand the challenges and hardships faced by those carving a new life with a new anatomical structure. There are online and in-person support groups. Even patients who've gone abroad for weight loss surgery can often use the support services available with their local medical group's Bariatric department. Creating relationships that support and assist you in becoming a healthier person and that hold you accountable for making healthy choices are key. These are my top three. What would you add to this list? What plan will you create to deal with the items you add to this list? Who will support you on this journey of your life.....for your life *This comment is of particular interest:* As a family nurse practitioner in bariatric surgery care and podcaster of the Weight Loss Surgery Podcast I think you bring up some very important points. However, where I take exception is with the delicate matter of blame, aka “noncompliance” woven throughout your piece. You begin by asking, “…why is it so many fall short of losing the optimal amount of weight for their health and will actually regain within 3 years much if not all of the weight they lost.” When I read this sentences I wondered a few things: Who are you referring to when you state, “so many?" Who has made the decision of what is the “optimal amount of weight [lost] for their health?" And finally, who gets to decide on their “health” to begin with? I agree with you that weight regain happens, but your implication that any regain is problematic is simply not true and perpetuates misconception of success vs failure. There are numerous studies discussing weight regain, too many to highlight here. But for a summary on this issue, one needs only go to the ASMBS website to read the following regarding weight regain: ""As many as 50 percent of patients may regain a small amount of weight (approximately 5 percent) two years or more following their surgery. However, longitudinal studies find that most bariatric surgery patients maintain successful weight-loss long-term. ‘Successful’ weight-loss is arbitrarily defined as weight-loss equal to or greater than 50 percent of excess body weight. Often, successful results are determined by the patient, by their perceived improvement in quality of life. In such cases, the total retained weight-loss may be more, or less, than this arbitrary definition. Such massive and sustained weight reduction with surgery is in sharp contrast to the experience most patients have previously had with non-surgical therapies."” https://asmbs.org/pa...-misconceptions You go on to outline three main reasons people regain weight: 1) Eating around their surgery by consuming “trigger foods” that give pleasure but are not nutritious, 2) Lack of practicing appropriate weight-loss-sustaining behaviors in the first 12-18 months which then become habits and carry them forward after the “honeymoon” of rapid weight loss is over, 3) Lack of support. Regarding the first of your arguments, the truth is the biology of our eating behaviors is very complicated. Far way more complicated, in fact, than our conscious brain can control through willpower or skillpower. And even (often?) more complicated than our scientific ability to manipulate our anatomy through the surgical intervention of bariatric surgery. It could be that a person is driven to eat around their surgery because the hormones that drive hunger are stronger than the hormones that drive satiety and surgery did not fix that for them. I am not saying that it is ok to have trigger foods around simply because it’s ones biological imperative to eat pleasurable foods, nutrition and weight loss be damned, but I am saying that biology sometimes trumps all and blaming someone for their unconscious biological imperative does not help them, it only adds to their mounting shame. Unfortunately, we are in our infancy of understanding the hormonal regulations of hunger and satiety and how manipulation of the GI tract changes these hormones. If you are interested in learning more, then I refer you to the work of Dr Randy Seeley, PhD and and Dr Lee Kaplan. Regarding your second and third arguments, I honestly feel that number three, lack of support, drives many of the behaviors that result in peoples struggles after surgery including not practicing healthy behaviors as early as possible. When it comes to bariatric surgery, it takes a village. I firmly believe, that the center of that village needs to be the bariatric surgery practice; the village square if you will, where all gather to learn and connect. When I hear of someone who is struggling I wonder a number of things: Were they educated enough and appropriately by their surgical practice? Just because you can perform surgery on someone, does not mean they are ready. Did they have access to a support group before and after surgery? If they are struggling with anything, including weight regain, after bariatric surgery, did their practice create a culture of inclusiveness and non-bias that is welcoming to all their patients, not just the practices definition of successful patients? Were their family and friends on board and if not, did their bariatric surgery practice create an environment conducive to connection with a new community of support? When a patient struggles after bariatric surgery, in my opinion, it reflects more on the practice than on the person. I realize that is a controversial thing to say that I may catch some heat for, but I stand by my opinion. Sara, I know without a doubt you and I are on the same page when it comes to believing in and supporting bariatric surgery patients long term success, however that success is defined. What I worry about, however, is when we start distilling weight regain after bariatric surgery down to a few patient-centric elements without giving credit to how complicated these issues are; how we are early in our understanding of the science (and we have not even talked about weight regain due to surgical complications because let’s not forget, the surgeries can have their own shortcomings separate from human behaviors); and how much bariatric surgery practices bear the responsibility of patient selection, preparation, and support; what we inadvertently end up doing is what we have done a millions times before and to our patient's detriment- we take the easy way out by shifting the burden of blame back onto the person, the person who has a complicated and progressive disease known as obesity. Sincerely, Reeger Cortell, FNP http://www.bariatricpal.com/page/articles.html/_/support/3-top-reasons-for-regain-after-weight-loss-surgery-r520
  14. And part II of my story, covering how I went about losing the weight, my experiences and achievements, is now online: http://www.dailysabah.com/features/2015/01/15/a-life-changing-transformation-was-149-kilograms-now-65
  15. It has been such a long time since I last posted here. I had first started my lapband journey on January 20, 2010 at about 148 kg. Now, five years later, weighing around 65 kg, I wrote in an English paper published in Turkey about what it was like living life as an obese person. I thought some may be interested, so I wanted to share the link here. "The Fat Life" story will be followed the next day with my "LifeTransforming Change." Please feel free to share the link with anybody you think may feel inspired. Much love, Gee http://www.dailysabah.com/features/2015/01/14/the-fat-life-its-not-a-joke
  16. Deex

    Family and WLS.

    Greetings lovely earthlings, This entry is about lap band and family members. The entry is a little long but I guess what i am really looking for is some advice and clarrification. For those who take the time to read my entry, i thank you in advance and appreciate all comments . Here goes. I am a Lap Band newbie, my sister and i decided to look into the procedure as we are both heavy set. My sister is 27 years old and i, myself am 24. Together we decided to go our local GP and inquire about WLS. Our GP weighed us both and i had come in at 132kgs whilst my sister weighed in 115kgs. Before we left, our GP voiced her opinion and told my sister that if she put in a little more effort into dieting and exersising she would be able to drop the weight with out WLS, she then told me that she recommends it for me, with my hormone imbalance, pcos and being over weight since birth, she thought i would be a great candiate for it. So with that we went home and i got stuck straight into my research. I must have spent the entire evening and early next morning looking at risks and benefits associated with lap band. I also looked at transformation photos, networking groups, diets and exercises associated with the procedure. I even watched a few videos on the surgical procedure and possible arm, breast, tummy and thigh lift procedures that might be needed afterward. The following day i had presented my sister with all the information i had gathered, excited to fill her in however she was not at all interested. When i had asked her what she knew about the LP all she said was 'It makes you lose weight fast and easy', i was instantly annoyed at her response. Here she was saying that she wanted to take the journey together, yet knew so little and refused to aquire more information, specially as seeing by day 3 of contemplating WLS i had made my own information folder. I was disheartened because i was excited about doing this together. We could work out together, diet together and motivate each other. But no. By the end of the week i had called up SIOS and made my first appointment with the Bariatric Coordinator and attended with my mum as moral support. Patricia the BC, commented on how impressive my folder was and was stuned about how much information i had read. At the end of the appointment i was motivated and excited about what i was about to do. The bravest thing i have ever done and i felt great about it, for the first time ever. My sister the next day had called up the same clinic to book in her consultation. However the night before her appointment her partner and his family together with her discussed that she should hold off on the LP because they are looking to buy a house at the end of the year, so with that in mind she called up and cancelled her appointment. She seemed happy about her decision and liked the idea of joining a PHF and waiting the 12months to cut down the cost. Because i am a student studying to be an Aged Care Nurse and have no private health insurance the fees of the LP would be very costly for me, i broke down devasted when i found the estimated fee to be at $13,000. However the next day, my mum and dad pulled me aside and told me that they wanted to help me with the cost of the surgery. I refused, countless amounts of times. I have never taken money from parents, ever! and the idea of it gives me anxiety. Finally i accepted their offer under the conditions that i could pay them back, or at least attempt to. They agreed and everyone was happy.. besides ofcourse my sister. I overhead her telling my mum that i was unworthy of my parents help and that they shouldn't help me with the cost. It's day 3 and she is not talking to me or my parents, at all. I understand that she may feel like one of us is being favorited but it is not the case. Only a few years ago my parents paid $15,000 for a prestigue makeup course and for an engagment party that ended up failing. I find it very hypocritical and hurtful that she doesn't think i deserve to be helped. After all the support i have given her, even in times when it was hard.. i had imagined her returning the favor to me someday. But not today it seems. A few yeasr back i went through something and seeked her support and instead of support she guilted me into a decision i regret still to this day. I love my sister, dearly but I am scared of making the same mistake again. I feel bad as it is and am now talking myself out of the situation because she isn't happy with it. Apart of me wants to ignore her issues with it and go ahead with the procedure but i feel that is selfish. I am concerned with how she will manipulate the issue to make me look bad, as she has done this before. My question is; what do i do? My partner, brother and friends says 'not to let anyone rain on my parade and my health comes comes first' and that there isn't any shame in asking for or recieveing help. Does this make me selfish? Or inconsiderate? I pride myself on being a good person with having a clean and kind heart. Again i thank any of you who could sit through that essay. Have a lovely weekend! <3
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