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    Hi everyone.

    So my surgery is booked in for 3 weeks time and the apprehension has started to overcome me.

    Any tips for trying to help me through the next few weeks and beyond?



    Hi lex and welcome to our friendly forum.

    Firstly, I’m SO excited for you! Secondly, it’s absolutely normal to feel apprehensive. In fact, if you didn’t, I would worry.

    When you start your pre op diet, keep this thought in your mind – you have already started your weight loss journey. It’s tough, but it’s not the toughest thing you will ever do. It will prepare your body and mind for the actual wls.

    Out of interest, what surgery are you having and with whom? I had a gastric bypass almost eight years ago at St Richard’s in Chichester with Shaw Somers and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done, after getting married and having my children! I did it for ME. I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy. But it will be worth it. You will feel healthier, happier and will find yourself thinking ‘Why didn’t I do this before?’

    I would say, take each day at a time in the early days post surgery. Allow yourself to be your main priority: it will benefit everyone who cares about you by ‘proxy’ so to speak. Don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else. You are unique. Follow the guidelines your team will give you. Also, share your feelings with others – both negative and positive. This forum was a godsend to me after my surgery.

    My most important bit of advice is – be kind to yourself. Be as kind to you as you are to everyone else. None of us are perfect and we bad days do happen: we are only human right?

    Please keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on. I’m so excited for you 🙂

    Doodah x


    Hi Doodah!

    Thanks for replying.

    So I have my surgery with Mr Slater and I am having Bypass. I am feeling quite unprepared, maybe it just my way of not having to think about it too much. I am so excited for what my future will bring but I am also so nervous. I cannot wait for “fat” not being a descriptor used for me and to be able to run around with my young children…

    I think that I am putting too much pressure on myself to be back to normal soon after the surgery as I don’t want to let people down. I will absolutely take your advice to allow myself to be my own priority and not let myself down!



    Remember this Lex, although you are doing this for you – your entire family will benefit. They won’t expect you to be a superhero and be fighting fit after a short while, so let your children see it as a process: It’s hard work, we keep going, we make mistakes, we fall, we pick ourselves up, we start again and we never stop trying. That is what a superhero does!

    I really am excited for you! 😀

    Doodah x

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by Lauren. Reason: typo

    Hi Lex

    I’m due to have the same op with the same surgeon but I’m a little behind you (wanted to squeeze in a holiday first). I’m due for my op on September 15th.

    I started my journey back in January this year and still feel unprepared even though I’m not I’ve researched and read just about everything I can get my hands on. Doodah was kind enough to recommend a couple of books well worth a read.

    I think it’s normal to feel overwhelmed as this is a huge thing we are undertaking but we need to keep focuses on the positives of how we will feel this time next year and how we will look etc…

    For me I’m looking forward to not pouring with sweat every 5 minutes and to be able to go on holiday and swim in the pool and take my shirt off.

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