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Amazingly comprehensive and honest post AGAIN. Thank you for your ongoing support and candid accounts Helen.

I no longer see food as a reward or comfort but something to keep this old bag of bones ticking along steadily. If fact, yesterday was a terribly trying day for me and my family and instead of turning to food, I actually rejected it both mentally and physically. When I eventually forced myself to eat, my stressed out, unhappy mind and body rejected it: I was sick. It wasn’t dumping but anxiety.

This is something new to me but is totally ‘normal’ for most people. You see, in the past I would have buried my anxiety with mountains of food and never let it surface. Yesterday, instead, I cried all day. I NEVER cry. But, I’m going to try it more often from now on as it is what we are supposed to do when we our hearts are aching. No one saw it as weakness and I didn’t have to bear that terrible pressure of suppressing my emotions.

So, wls has taught me something new almost five years post op – that it is normal to FEEL and express emotion: negative or positive. My bypass almost five years ago is still teaching me how to live like a ‘normal’ person. Bariatric surgery has so much to teach us – if we can just learn to stop and listen.

Doodah x

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