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Awesome! I am 32 yoa and have been researching wls every since 2005. I am employed with a company that covers wls. However, I have been denied twice. They say the 3rd tyme is a charm right? Well we'll just have to see about that. My consistency will pay off at the end. My ins company has everything that they need from me, physc eval, 5 yr weight history and some clinicals. my surgeon submitted the paper work on Jan 25 so I'm still waiting on the verdict. LoL :P Thank you for this thread I'll visit more often.

Blsmbry

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Hello,

Awesome to see this forum as it is needed. I am 5wks post op from VSG with Dr. Ramos Kelly in Mexico. I have had zero complications to date (knock on wood) and have lost 20lbs. My scars have almost disappeared. I am on mushies/soft food and that is going very well. I have natural (sisterlocked) hair and I too was interested to see how the Hair loss would effect black women especially those with permed hair so I am glad that we can connect here. I also live in Atlanta, GA so anyone who lives anywhere in Atlanta that wants to connect feel free to contact me (divajksn@yahoo.com). Peace & Blessings to all.

Davida

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Welcome Chinasl45 and we11ro!!!

Have either of you been sleeved yet?

I don't get sleeved until March 23 but I have already started my Optifast pre-op liquid diet which I am to do until 2 days before my surgery. We won't even talk about how a sista is starvin!!! lol

I, like a lot of folks here, are concerned about hair loss. I keep a perm I have a short cut. Does anyone know wigs, braids, and/or sewn-in weaves will affect the Hair loss? I just want to be prepared. Even on the days when I look "a hot mess" clothing wise, the hair and nails are always "sharp" LOL.

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Hello all,

I am a 26 y/o AA and had my surgery since 10/4/10.I have been natural for the last 5 years. I have been experiencing a lot of Hair loss. I am lucky that I have pretty thick hair so no one notices but me. I am also not getting in enough protein....I need some Protein shots. While any feedback is totally welcome. Thanks again for starting the site.

P.S. I have no stretch marks thus far and I have lost over 50lbs. I use Coconut oil on my hair and skin. That's it.

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Hello to all,

I am so glad to see this post, I really enjoyed this website when I was initially going through the beginning of my WLS journey. But as time went on it no longer seemed to benefit me...that is until I found this post. First a little bit about me I am a 27 y/o AA female who was sleeved on August 27, 2010. My starting weight was 236 (I'm 52') and I am currently holding steady at 185. While initially I didn't have a goal wieght it seems to me that 165 will be a good stopping point. I researched quite a bit before the surgery and did a little soul searching to make sure I was truly doing this for me (versus my husband or child). It is a decision that I have not yet come to regret. I wanted to chime in on some of the things I have seen mentioned.

hair LOSS

Up until 2 months ago I would have said no but I continue to see more and more strands falling out. I have thick hair and recently cut it short so I really can't tell exactly how much, but I know my bathroom counter and shoulders are covered when ever I get done doing my hair.

VOMITTING

Only once at the very early stages when I probably shouldn't have been eating what I was eating (bourbon marinated salmon). But a lesson quickly learned.

SOUL food

I still cook and enjoy this food just no where near in the quantities that I use too. I explained to my in laws nephews mother father and sisters and they all seem to adapt well. I still catch them staring every now and again, but I think they are still just amazed to see the "old me" coming through.

These are just a few things that I have come across since my surgery, I also live down south so I still gets some strange looks after I tell people that I have had the surgery. Please feel free msg me if you have any more questions.

Ms. TVirg

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Tomrrow is the do or deny day for wls! I'll keep you posted as soon as I know something. In the mean time, I would like to thank all of you for your support and prayers and though I may not continuing posting if I'm denied but I surely will return when I get on the ban wagon to have wls! Tthanx! I love you guys!!! :P

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I am just starting my journey, so I don't have anything to add to this post, but I am so glad that you all have taken the time out to give advice and tell about your experiences for people like me. I just wanted to stop by and show my support. I'm looking forward to more useful information to come.

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Hello Ladies,

Words can not express how I'm feeling right now. From the moment the ins. rep told me that I was approved for wls, my life started to change at that very moment. I am so blessed and grateful that "it's my turn now"! Faithfulness is a powerful force and I'm just so happy to share it with others!

Pre-op 2/24

Surgery schedule 3/1

1st day liquid diet 2/16

Thanx!

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Hey everybody,

I am due to be sleeved March 28th in Houston. I also live in the Atlanta area. I started out investigating the lap band and changed my mind to the sleeve. My sis lives in Houston and the prices are cheaper there (I am self pay) so I am going out there for a couple of weeks and get it done. I cant wait. Unfortunately my husband is not too happy about the whole thing but he knows how determined I am to get this done so he is resigned to it I guess. I think, no, I know he thinks that I am going to fail again. He really does not understand. But from my point of view he doesn't have to understand. I told him just to accept.

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Hi kayfreeatlast, Congrats and good luck on your upcoming surgery. I know what you are going through in regards to your husband. My husband is being supportive only because I've made my decision and I'm not changing my mind. I hated to be so harsh, but I told him he can either get on board with my decision or sit back and watch. This train is taking off either way!! Of course he'd prefer if I lost weight without surgery. He doesn't think I need it. However, he now understands that I need his support in order to make this transformation successful (after meeting my surgeon). My brother in law is giving me a hard time. He's trying very hard to prove his point that I don't need the surgery. He told me that I was being selfish. I told him, he is right about me being selfish. For the first time in a long time, I'm putting me first. I need to take care of me in order to take care of my daughter. If that's being selfish, then so be it.

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