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Maryuumah

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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About Maryuumah

  • Rank
    Intermediate Member
  • Birthday 09/05/1973

About Me

  • Biography
    47-year old Mama of four grown kids and GrandMama of one little baby; happily married to the love of my life; traveler (have lived in 6 countries) and overall survivor.
  • Gender
    Female
  • Interests
    Painting watercolors, reading, intersectional politics, LGBTQ issues, spending time with my four twenty-something kids, wife, and new grandbaby!
  • Occupation
    Writer
  • City
    NYC
  • State
    NY
  • Zip Code
    10027

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  1. Maryuumah

    LGBTQIA?

    I haven’t but I would be interested in coordinating to do that. Nice to know that it would be helpful! Welcome to to the forum - I would love to discuss the intersection of sexuality and weight gain.
  2. It’ll be so good soon...a few days and you’ll be good. I started soft foods at day15 too, just a few days ago. Hang in there!
  3. Maryuumah

    Hungry

    All of those foods sound amazing!! Let’s see what he says today, I’m meeting the surgeon for my two week appointment. Hopefully I can eat all of those things after this appointment! I’ve been muddling through drinking my shakes and surviving. The hunger pangs are making me anxious though and I want to discuss that with my doctor as well.
  4. Maryuumah

    LGBTQIA?

    Yeah, I guess some people get what I meant and some don’t. To each their own. I gained weight over the last ten years, as I was coming to terms with my sexuality and a host of other things that were very related. I thought it might be nice to explore in a safe space, but to be honest, this hasn’t felt like an especially safe place. In any case, I wish you the very best with your weight loss; I’m down another pound today and seeing the doctor tomorrow for my two week check up.
  5. Maryuumah

    If you are queer, lesbian, no label, poly......

    Ahh lovely, nice to meet you! My wife is from India, and I am also newly sleeved. Look forward to our WLS discussions!
  6. Maryuumah

    LGBTQIA?

    Hi Kristie, i think your comment is for me, please forgive my responding if not. Thank you, for your kindness; this whole thread has frankly made me quite sad tonight and your post was a ray of hope. I felt pretty misunderstood. I really appreciate you reaching out and taking the time to post; affinity groups have been very helpful to me in the past and I did hope that I would be able to discuss these intersections of experiences/backgrounds as it relates to my original weight gain, my decision to have WLS, and my plan to keep on track with weight loss and weight stability. Thanks again. Look forward to reading more posts in this forum and trust that I will learn a lot from those who are further in their health paths than I. Good night.
  7. Absolutely inspiring! Congrats!
  8. Maryuumah

    If you are queer, lesbian, no label, poly......

    I started another thread for LGBTQIA in the Gastric Sleeve section, but it doesn’t seem like it’s gone down very well...not sure why it was upsetting :(...anyway just wanted to say I’m glad that there are people here like me, and I would love to make more friends here (of all orientations/genders). A little about me, I’m a writer professionally, I’m 47 and I’m married to a great woman, she’s my best friend. I’ve also gained about a hundred pounds over the last ten years - health problems have piled up and finally I got the courage to take the step to getting my surgery done. I’m just 2 weeks preop, I’ve lost 21 pounds so far. My family members don’t have any issues around their weight so loving though they are, there are just things they don’t get - like not finding clothes that fit in your size that are also stylish, wanting to do things you can’t, Hope to gain some support here.
  9. Maryuumah

    LGBTQIA?

    Thank you for letting me know. Appreciate you taking the time to share!
  10. Maryuumah

    LGBTQIA?

    I’m excited to be a part of this forum, and look forward to reading more posts. thanks for sharing your views.
  11. Maryuumah

    LGBTQIA?

    Not at all. That was the impression I got from the previous comment, that they were offended by my question. I don’t get that impression from your comment, and I welcome yours and others’ input. I do agree that we all have similar weight loss journeys physically, but I guess I am also looking for support that is emotionally, culturally, and psychologically in sync; in the same way that experiences with weight loss can be supportive when someone has had the same surgery or is the same body type, it can be very helpful (to me) to have someone who is aligned with you in other ways. The kind of family I have is part of that, while it may not be for others. Thank you for your perspective.
  12. Maryuumah

    LGBTQIA?

    Because for instance, there is statistical evidence that lesbians have higher rates of obesity than straight women and more issues with other addictive behaviors, such as smoking. This may indicate a different level of support is needed and I see a lot of posts about families where people with chosen family may not feel as included. I’m not asking to start trouble, I’m asking because I am a lesbian, and would want to reach out to others who may have had issues like these. This forum is about WLS support, right? Also, while we’re on the subject, I write healthcare grants regularly on the subject of people dealing with comorbidities/co-occurring disorders and since you brought up race and ethnicity, there are also studies that show we (people of color) have higher rates of obesity, hypertension, diabetes and other issues. Seems like a weight loss forum like this one may be a good place for people to safely discuss that part of their journey. Part of my own work in taking the step to WLS was understanding how my genetics and family make up play a part in my weight gain. Also understanding and coming to terms with my own sexuality was part of my weight gain. My question is, why is this threatening/upsetting (the caps) to you? I’m curious about your reaction to what seems a pretty normal question. I’ve recently been sleeved, and am just at my 2 week mark from surgery. I’m down 21 lbs. today.
  13. Maryuumah

    LGBTQIA?

    Is there not an LGBTQ community here? Seems like there should be one....
  14. Maryuumah

    If you are queer, lesbian, no label, poly......

    Nice to meet you! I’m also a Black femme lesbian! 47, married, kids. I wondered if there were any other gay people on here, nice to know there are others!
  15. Maryuumah

    Hungry

    Happy holidays! Congratulations on your surgery - sounds like we have had similar experiences. Thank you for the soup suggestion, I have sent one of my daughters to pick some up today! So over sweet tasting things. I’ve gotten my first shake down for the day but bleh, was it gross. I almost never complain like this - I’m known to be an optimist to the point of annoyance to friends and family alike, but this is really hard. I had a relative suggest I’d taken the easy way out and they really don’t know what they’re saying!! We will get through. It’s so comforting to read accounts of people further along who are now eating real foods and sticking with their goals. We will be ok!

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