I just scheduled my surgery for Monday, April 4th and I am a bag of mixed emotions. I am glad I found this site. It was difficult to find real stories that were not just paid advertisements for various doctors. I know this will be a long journey with changes to my diet and lifestyle being key. I just have that nagging fear in the back of my head that this will be yet another epic fail. I am trying to block those thoughts out so I don't sabotage myself from the get-go but years of faliure are difficult to forget. Thankfully I have the support of my husband and the few people I have chosen to share my decision with. But honestly unless you have battled serious weight issues, no one will really ever understand all the emotions involved in a decision like this. Which I guess is why I have turned to this site for support. Anyway I just wanted to say hello and am looking forward to reading about everyone's successes and challenges that go along with getting banded. I know I will need the support as my date approaches.