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2 hours ago, DKG_WLJ said:

Hey Kassandra!

My name is Deanna! I am 25 years old from London, UK. I have a partner, no children and have decided to undergo the Sleeve surgery abroad in June because I want to improve the quality of my life. I’m 5ft2, 290lbs+ I have PCOS and my insulin resistance has really messed up my cycle. I haven’t had a normal period for over a year and I’m afraid of how that’s affected my ability to conceive.

I have been obese since childhood and do not want to be obese for the remainder of my 20s and upwards. I like being curvy so I don’t want to be slim/skinny but I definitely want to feel fitter and healthier in myself.

Welcome lovely!!! I know how you feel about being curvy. So when is your surgery date? Are you excited?!

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On 05/03/2019 at 20:52, BulletWithButterflyWings said:





Welcome lovely!!! I know how you feel about being curvy. So when is your surgery date? Are you excited?!


Thank you! 😀 first week of June! I’m quite nervous tbh as I have never had an operation in my life! But i feel like this is my last chance to change! How’s things with you?

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Hey all, I got my date yesterday for VSG on 6/4 and I am...in disbelief. I’ve struggled my whole life as many can relate to here. I did lose a large amount of weight in my late teens and 20s but after an accident that stopped my workouts and having kids and emotionally eating though a lot of sh&$ in the last 10-15 years I am bigger than ever and this was my last hope. I am excited and a little scared but ready to not be obese anymore. I started almost 18 months ago. 1 insurance change, 1 hospital change and 3 doctors later, I have a plan and a date. 

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5 hours ago, DKG_WLJ said:
6 hours ago, Caltania said:




Welcome Deanna! *waves* I can actually relate to your sentiments here, though for different reasons... my weight is the primary thing keeping me back from having a child, though due to a combination of fertility and miscarriage issues. And I like being curvy and will miss my current curves, but I'm determined to get healthier! I'm cheering you on! 😎


Where are you planning to go to have the Sleeve surgery done?

Hey! I will be travelling to an obesity specialist hospital in Turkey! It’s thousands of pounds cheaper to get it done there and I trust the surgeon I have chosen! Bariatric surgery in Western Europe is so expensive! And the NHS wouldn’t support me because I didn’t have enough health issues.

The fact that you trust the surgeon is so key! I'm really glad you were able to find a good place to have it done at an affordable rate. I'm really lucky that my insurance here in the US covers it, even if I have to constantly push back against them 😝

And as far as this being your first surgery... while no one ever really wants to have surgery (I think??), I think it will help that this is something you chose as a step to help yourself become healthier. Plus you have some time to prepare yourself for the idea of it! I was terrified the first time I had surgery (two years ago... and an emergency surgery at that ☹️), but things wound up going extremely smoothly. Just remember you're in good hands and have a team taking very good care of you!

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3 hours ago, djgirl19 said:

Hey all, I got my date yesterday for VSG on 6/4 and I am...in disbelief. I’ve struggled my whole life as many can relate to here. I did lose a large amount of weight in my late teens and 20s but after an accident that stopped my workouts and having kids and emotionally eating though a lot of sh&$ in the last 10-15 years I am bigger than ever and this was my last hope. I am excited and a little scared but ready to not be obese anymore. I started almost 18 months ago. 1 insurance change, 1 hospital change and 3 doctors later, I have a plan and a date.

Oh wow, congrats on getting a date, that's good news! It's not that far off now, and soon you'll have the tool you need to help you achieve your goals. You've got this, I'm cheering for you! 😃

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On 05/04/2019 at 01:02, Caltania said:





Hey! I will be travelling to an obesity specialist hospital in Turkey! It’s thousands of pounds cheaper to get it done there and I trust the surgeon I have chosen! Bariatric surgery in Western Europe is so expensive! And the NHS wouldn’t support me because I didn’t have enough health issues.






The fact that you trust the surgeon is so key! I'm really glad you were able to find a good place to have it done at an affordable rate. I'm really lucky that my insurance here in the US covers it, even if I have to constantly push back against them 😝




And as far as this being your first surgery... while no one ever really wants to have surgery (I think??), I think it will help that this is something you chose as a step to help yourself become healthier. Plus you have some time to prepare yourself for the idea of it! I was terrified the first time I had surgery (two years ago... and an emergency surgery at that ☹️), but things wound up going extremely smoothly. Just remember you're in good hands and have a team taking very good care of you!


Thanks for the encouragement! I’m constantly reminding myself of this! Thank you! ❤️

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Totally get it. I work in the Loop, but live in Oak Park. I saw your other post of BCBSIL. I'll let you know. I believe they are submitting for me early next week. They told me to plan for 2 to 4 weeks, but they are overly cautious about setting expectations.

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So I checked my BCBS app yesterday aaaannnnddd...... IM APPROVED!!! YAY!!! [emoji16][emoji8][emoji854][emoji7][emoji5]🤩[emoji847]

Took roughly a week, but of course it's a weekend now so itll be interesting to see how long it takes the office to call me to pick a date. So f-ing excited, dont know whether to laugh or cry or both.

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I am 32 years old, I am 5 ft 9in and my current weight is 345 lbs my heaviest weights was 362 lbs. I have two children who are 13 and 10. I have been married for almost 14 years. I am scheduled to have surgery on the 19th of June if everything goes according to plan. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. I’m hoping that this time next year I can be back in the softball field and running in a 5k and more with my youngest son who is very active. I am so sick of sitting on the sideline in a chair. I want to be out there helping him practice and get back to my old active self. I was in a car accident when I was 17 which is when I started all my weight gain. Then at 18 I got pregnant and gained 90 lbs in 9 months lost 30 of it after having my oldest and then gained 75 when I got pregnant with my youngest. I want to wear high heels and not feel like I’m going to snap the heel. I want to get back to my Hot Mama self lol anyone else with me?

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Courtneyep27 we are surgery twins!!!!! Mine is June 19th as well lol. Yayyyyy

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So I checked my BCBS app yesterday aaaannnnddd...... IM APPROVED!!! YAY!!! [emoji16][emoji8][emoji854][emoji7][emoji5]🤩[emoji847]

Took roughly a week, but of course it's a weekend now so itll be interesting to see how long it takes the office to call me to pick a date. So f-ing excited, dont know whether to laugh or cry or both.

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Congrats on getting approved.

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On 5/3/2019 at 8:07 AM, BulletWithButterflyWings said:

I'm so excited for you. And July really isnt that far away. You'll only be a week or so behind me so I hope you hang out in this group with us :)

Of course i'm hanging in here lol.

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On 5/3/2019 at 10:22 AM, Caltania said:

Hi everyone! I'm expecting to be a part of this cohort, or at least very very close! I have my next follow up appointments on May 9th, and that's when I expect to get my surgery date. I've been told it shouldn't be difficult getting an early or mid-June date. Then I need insurance approval... I don't expect that to pose a problem, but I'm still only cautiously optimistic at this point.

So a bit about me... I'm a 36 y/o geeky gal from Wisconsin, living with my husband (who is also having WLS later this year) and currently 3 kitties. I've been carrying around about twice as much weight as I should be for just about my whole life, and I'm ready to be done with it. I want to finally get the chance to know what it means to be a healthy person, to not be in pain all the time, and hopefully, in a few years, to have a kid 🙂

Looking forward to getting to know some of you lovelies!

Welcome to the group :)

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On 5/3/2019 at 12:24 PM, DKG_WLJ said:

Hey Kassandra!

My name is Deanna! I am 25 years old from London, UK. I have a partner, no children and have decided to undergo the Sleeve surgery abroad in June because I want to improve the quality of my life. I’m 5ft2, 290lbs+ I have PCOS and my insulin resistance has really messed up my cycle. I haven’t had a normal period for over a year and I’m afraid of how that’s affected my ability to conceive.

I have been obese since childhood and do not want to be obese for the remainder of my 20s and upwards. I like being curvy so I don’t want to be slim/skinny but I definitely want to feel fitter and healthier in myself.

Welcome Deanna...I also want to remain curvy but healthier. I never had trouble getting pregnant even though I was a bit overweight back then, but since I had small kids, I didn't want to take the risk of having the surgery and having complications or even death(this was back in the early 90s when this surgery was much higher risk). Now my kids are grown and I can focus on getting myself healthy.

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