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Hello Guys,

I'm having surgery tomorrow and I'm slightly nervous and anxious and all that in between, the excitement has officially kicked in! I have been wondering about my hair as well. My hair sheds alot already but its very very thick so I don't even notice except for all the strands on my shirts lol. Are there any products that you guys would suggest me using? It's good to see that other men and women of color are on this forum, yay! I intend on documenting all of my weightloss and congrats to all you for your continued weightloss!

Candace

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Hi All!

I wanted to start a thread for African-American sleevers (no worries I HEART all sleevers from the rainbow). I just thought, no scientific proof, that African-American sleevers may respond to the surgery different than our lovely non-African American sleeved sisters and brothers. I wanted to know if we had the same skin issue, hair problems, and other surgery related issues. Also, how to deal with the culture shock. African-American "soul food" may be something of the past... or not. So I was just looking for a space to voice culture related issues and concens.

PS- I TRULY :heart: ALL SLEEVERS.

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This is a wonderful idea. We as African Americans have issues with our hair and skin that others can't relate to. We also carry our weight differently. I would definitely join this group. Can't wait for you to start it. It will truly be a blessing.

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Hey everyone!!

Im new to the site and new to the journey. I've started the process and am now waiting for my meeting with the surgeon. I'm not really sure where I am in the process, it seems the military has different requirements for approval. I friend requested almost everyone in this forum and if I missed you please friend request me :)

This site has been very helpful and informative, but connecting with other African-Americans that are being sleeeved is priceless!

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Hi everyone, I'm Shanny. I'm an AA from Baltimore and I'll be 35 in 2 weeks (OMG when did I get that old) .

I was worrying about losing weight and changing my core shape. I used to be an hour glass before I became pear shaped about 15 years ago. But, no matter what I've always had a big butt and big hips. My girlfriend is really concerned about me losing my butt and hips. Right now she's loving it because she says that it's round and with my hips it's making a nice heart shape. Hopefully, I can keep it up. When I work out, I make sure I do a lot steppers, and treadmill, and elipitcle exercises to make sure my legs/butt are in good shape. Other than that, she's happy with the weight loss, but is afraid that I'm going to get too skinny. Almost every night she's feeling my ribs, or hips or legs likes she's checking for extra bones or something. She says it's just that she knew what I felt like before but now it's changing. I don't know, I think she's judging if it's too skinny. I keep telling her this is for me, not for you, so what you think is too skinny is not what I consider healthy.

My boobs have gone from a DD to a D. I'm so happy about that! I've always been self-concious about my big chest. I'm hoping to go down to a C.

I did notice in the beginning that my hair kept breaking off really badly. But, after I was able to ingest more and keep my Protein up to 70-90 grams a day I haven't had that problem. I did have to get my hair cut to even it out, but it's not been breaking off since then. I've also noticed that my skin is much clearer! I haven't had any dark Patches of eczema. Maybe because the fat is leaving so the skin's not rubbing together creating the moist spots anymore. I don't know. Whatever it is, I'm happy for it!

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Hi everyone, I'm Shanny. I'm an AA from Baltimore and I'll be 35 in 2 weeks (OMG when did I get that old) .

I was worrying about losing weight and changing my core shape. I used to be an hour glass before I became pear shaped about 15 years ago. But, no matter what I've always had a big butt and big hips. My girlfriend is really concerned about me losing my butt and hips. Right now she's loving it because she says that it's round and with my hips it's making a nice heart shape. Hopefully, I can keep it up. When I work out, I make sure I do a lot steppers, and treadmill, and elipitcle exercises to make sure my legs/butt are in good shape. Other than that, she's happy with the weight loss, but is afraid that I'm going to get too skinny. Almost every night she's feeling my ribs, or hips or legs likes she's checking for extra bones or something. She says it's just that she knew what I felt like before but now it's changing. I don't know, I think she's judging if it's too skinny. I keep telling her this is for me, not for you, so what you think is too skinny is not what I consider healthy.

My boobs have gone from a DD to a D. I'm so happy about that! I've always been self-concious about my big chest. I'm hoping to go down to a C.

I did notice in the beginning that my hair kept breaking off really badly. But, after I was able to ingest more and keep my Protein up to 70-90 grams a day I haven't had that problem. I did have to get my hair cut to even it out, but it's not been breaking off since then. I've also noticed that my skin is much clearer! I haven't had any dark Patches of eczema. Maybe because the fat is leaving so the skin's not rubbing together creating the moist spots anymore. I don't know. Whatever it is, I'm happy for it!

Hey Shanny, You're in my area!!

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Weclome! Can't wait to read about your journey and share some tips

Hello all,

I was so happy to find this post. I am an AA [well I guess you can see that from my avatar :rolleyes: ] living in the southern part of Houston Tex. My journey is just starting - I am waiting on my instructions from my insurance company for approval. I must say that I am very excited about doing this. I have read so many encouraging stories on this site....I can't wait to truly start my journey to a healthier me. Good luck to everybody from start to maintenance!

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Hey Candance,

I went natural before surgery I did not want to deal with a relaxer and hair loss. I've been taking Biotin 5000mcg everyday since surgery it helps with new growth and shea butter conditioner has cut down on my hair breakage.

Take Care

Hello Guys,

I'm having surgery tomorrow and I'm slightly nervous and anxious and all that in between, the excitement has officially kicked in! I have been wondering about my hair as well. My hair sheds alot already but its very very thick so I don't even notice except for all the strands on my shirts lol. Are there any products that you guys would suggest me using? It's good to see that other men and women of color are on this forum, yay! I intend on documenting all of my weightloss and congrats to all you for your continued weightloss!

Candace

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Hey! I just got word that I am APPROVED for my surgery. No waiting (3 - 6 month supervised dieting). I only have to attend one class with the nutritionist which is set for tomorrow. I now have to Iron out the "out of pocket" expenses that are expected and then I will have my surgery date. Crazy as it may seem....when I got the email I was sitting at my desk eating my lunch and it just slapped the taste right out of my mouth :lol: . I just dumped my food in the trash...and I am an emotional eater! I am excited and anxious and excited some more. This is really happening - thank God I will finally be healthy again...I feel like crying and laughing at the same time..:P Here I go...ok everybody hold my hand...:lol:

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I went natural about a year ago. I think it helped with minimal Hair loss, too!

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CONGRATULATIONS on your approval!!! We are here for you. :mellow:

Hey! I just got word that I am APPROVED for my surgery. No waiting (3 - 6 month supervised dieting). I only have to attend one class with the nutritionist which is set for tomorrow. I now have to Iron out the "out of pocket" expenses that are expected and then I will have my surgery date. Crazy as it may seem....when I got the email I was sitting at my desk eating my lunch and it just slapped the taste right out of my mouth :lol: . I just dumped my food in the trash...and I am an emotional eater! I am excited and anxious and excited some more. This is really happening - thank God I will finally be healthy again...I feel like crying and laughing at the same time..:P Here I go...ok everybody hold my hand...:lol:

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I got my e-mail from the Davis Clinic today. My insurance approved me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I meet with the nutritionist tomorrow and the psych eval is on Friday. I can't wait!!!!!! I'm nervous and excited and ready to start my new journey. As soon as I get my surgery date I'll let you know. Keep me and my bestie/sister in your prayers -- we're taking/doing this journey together!! :D

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New here and really glad I found this forum... 31 yo AA woman... Married with 2 very energetic boys 4 yo and 7 months I'm in the Augusta Ga area... Not sleeved just yet... Hoping to schedule sometime this summer, with dr Kelly in tijuanna Mexico... Like many of you researched lap band and decided to have the sleeve instead...

I also have concerns about AA surgical scaring, hair loss, breast size, and body shape issues post op...

Any how congrats ladies on your journey...lots of you are losing very encouraging numbers... :)

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Welcome! I hope I can answer any questions you may have this summer...good luck

New here and really glad I found this forum... 31 yo AA woman... Married with 2 very energetic boys 4 yo and 7 months I'm in the Augusta Ga area... Not sleeved just yet... Hoping to schedule sometime this summer, with dr Kelly in tijuanna Mexico... Like many of you researched lap band and decided to have the sleeve instead...

I also have concerns about AA surgical scaring, hair loss, breast size, and body shape issues post op...

Any how congrats ladies on your journey...lots of you are losing very encouraging numbers... :)

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