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Hello! I officially started the process yesterday (excited AND nervous)! This is something I've been considering for years and after much consideration I've decided it's the right time. In reading so many of the posts, I have NO IDEA what to expect with regards to timeline. It seems that my insurance (BCBS of IL) doesn't have some of the more complicated requirements that many others do. So far, the only requirements have been:

- Letter (from me) to insurance company documenting weight loss attempts.

- Meeting with psychiatrist

- Meeting with nutritionist

- Support Group Attendance

- Pre-Op Meeting

I met with the surgeon yesterday and received all of the requirements. Honestly, they seem very basic and something that could be completed in a very short period of time. Anyone else using BCBS of IL and know what I might expect next?

Thanks to all for the information I've already received on this site. Your stories have motivated me beyond belief and I am looking forward to this journey.

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You're so lucky- my insurance requires a 6 month, doctor supervised diet, so my surgery won't be until late December at the very earliest, most likely January or February.

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