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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    01/08/2013
    Surgeon
    Dr. Cottam
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    Dec 2012
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    Wink Greetings and Salutations

    My journey has begun. My sleeve gastrectory is scheduled with Dr. Cottam on January 8, 2013. HAPPY NEW YEAR to me! All of those past resolutions that I made, and failed at, will now be a part of the "who I used to be" file. Those failed attempts at weight loss made me feel weak and worthless year after year. Well, thanks to Dr. Cottam and the support of my loving family, those files will be replaced with success, with positive energy, with CHANGE.

    I am closing day 3 of my 14 day clear liquid diet. And what a time to start...Christmas. New Year's is right around the corner. But, I CONQUERED Christmas. I am confident that New Year's Eve will surrender as well. After all, if I can walk away from my auntie's double dark chocolate brownies, then New Year's Eve is coming into this with a disadvantage. Bring it, New Year's Eve. You will be destroyed.

    I must admit that in 3 days I've sampled every single flavor of sugar-free Jello that I can get my hands on...and my stomach has begun it's own battle for substanance. I try to appease it with broth, but it screams at me for meat. Popsicicles? It ain't having it unless it's part of a bowl of ice cream. Thank goodness for the protein powder that I am permitted to mix with skim milk. I also add ice cubes and blend the whole concoction to confuse my stomach into thinking it's being rewarded for it's cooperation.

    Only 11 more days of this dance with the clear liquid diet. I can do this. I CAN do this. I can DO this. I can do THIS. I CAN DO THIS!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member LealScott's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Carmen
    Surgery date
    09/11/2012
    Surgeon
    Brian Wong
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
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    Default Re: Greetings and Salutations

    You have a wonderful way with words. Welcome! And with an attitude like yours you will do just fine. I look forward to getting to know you and applaud your progress.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member aboutime4me's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Mary
    Surgery date
    05/01/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Soong
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Last Activity
    09-15-2016 11:02 AM
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    Las Vegas, NV
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    Default Re: Greetings and Salutations

    Welcome to you and the days will fly by before your surgery. Yes, your attitude is wonderful and that's half the battle. I fortunately didn't have any pre diet and no liquids, etc. to deal with. Now I am at the end of my 8th month, down about 82 lbs from the surgery day and feeling fabulous. It's a tremendous journey you're embarking upon and one so very well worth everything it takes to get here! Wishing you the best for surgery and recovery. Just think this time next year you will be a whole different person both on and off the scale. You'll be able to enjoy the holidays making smarter choices and eating so much less.
    Here's a symbolic champagne toast to your decision and achievements thus far. To 2013 and all it brings!!!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Cindola's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Cindy Barrie
    Surgery date
    10/22/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Alejandro Lopez
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Last Activity
    04-10-2015 05:43 PM
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    Attitude, attitude, attitude! You are well on your way to being able to manage food and becoming a successful sleever. I salute you as you are tackling this surgery at a time of the year that is difficult for many of us to manage -- the temptations are great and everywhere. I applaude you for taking on the challenge of preparing for WLS at this time of the year. You will handle New Year's with grace and style, soon you will be joining the sleeved side of life for a Terrific 2013!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    01/08/2013
    Surgeon
    Dr. Cottam
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
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    11-29-2013 11:27 AM
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    Nevada
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    Default Re: Greetings and Salutations

    Thank you! I appreciate the kind words.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    01/08/2013
    Surgeon
    Dr. Cottam
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Last Activity
    11-29-2013 11:27 AM
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    Nevada
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    Default Re: Greetings and Salutations

    Thank you! I am grateful for your support!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Its_Me's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Jill
    Surgery date
    10/22/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Oliak
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    Aug 2012
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    SoCal
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    Default Re: Greetings and Salutations

    Welcome and congratulations. Happy New Year indeed!



    Start weight: 286 (8/28/12)
    Pre-op weight: 272 (10/22/12)
    Goal to weigh what my drivers license says: 225 (3/9/13)
    First goal weight: 199 (7/20/13)
    Second goal weight: 186 - 100 lbs lost ( )
    Third goal weight: 175 ( )
    Fourth goal weight: 150 ( )
    Final goal weight: remains to be seen

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    Gastric Sleeve Member WandaLeaner's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    12/03/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr David Pace
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    Oct 2012
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    I love your additude!!!! Not sure why some of the docs do a full clear diet. Our docs had us do the full liquids and that was hard enough. two weeks of clear is torture. I know I would be totally freaking out! LOL. I want to wish you the very best and can't wait for you to join us on the losers bench!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    01/08/2013
    Surgeon
    Dr. Cottam
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Last Activity
    11-29-2013 11:27 AM
    Location
    Nevada
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    From what I understand... the reason for the clear liquid is this: My surgeon has pioneered the one incision gastric sleeve (others use 3-5). With obesity comes fatty liver and the clear liquid helps to reduce the fat deposits on the liver. Additionally, the clear liquid helps to purge the intestines. The less that is the way, internally, the more likely he is to be able to comple the surgery with only one incision. It's been tough - but I'm tougher!

    Thank you for the encouragement!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member marilynlw's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Marilyn
    Surgery date
    11/12/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr Lorenzo
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
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    01-02-2014 03:32 PM
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    Default Re: Greetings and Salutations

    Welcome and best wishes on your weight loss journey. You can do it! We are both looking forward to what 2013 will bring. Happy new year.



    Highest weight 440 lbs. lowest weight 9.5 lbs at birth
    Date of surgery weight 340
    12 week checkup 301 BMI <50 yeah!
    Weight on birthday 3/24/48 Goal 285 would be nice.

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