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    Gastric Sleeve Member Buttaflilove's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Tori
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    Default Greetings everyone!

    Hello, my name is Tori and I am a mom of three amazing kids! Who am I kidding? They drive me nuts! Lol... Seriously though, I work full-time as a Community Health Worker at a clinic and I'm in school part-time online. I am an introvert who loves reading, writing, music, watching documentaries, and quiet time alone. I want the gastric sleeve surgery because I want to be healthier and lose weight. I just seem to be getting bigger and bigger and I hate it. But since going to the nutritionist, I've lost 11 pounds. I'm ready for the lifestyle changes necessary to lose the excess weight and keep it off. I've researched this procedure at length and I'm ready for it! I'm ready to be healthier and feel better about myself. The date for my surgery is December 9, 2019. I've done everything but get the medical clearance. I'm scheduled for that this Friday. I hope I'm cleared. Wish me luck!


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    Gastric Sleeve Member jerzeygirl's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Hi Tori, good luck on your journey and welcome to the "Losers' Bench"! You're going to love this journey and please stick around to share your success. I'm also from NJ, may I ask where you're from?



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    Gastric Sleeve Member kenson's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Dr. Karl Strom
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Tori,
    Jersey girl here! I'm in Union County. Good Luck with everything. We are always here if you need us.



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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    04/29/2019
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    Dr. Foreman
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    I think you'll be thrilled with your decision to have the surgery. It was a life saver and changer for me. I feel better mentally and physically than I have in years. Sounds like you've got a good handle on the procedures and have gotten well informed. That is the key to success, along with commitment, IMO.

    Best of luck to you, keep us posted.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Love your attitude! You'll do great! You realize it's not a magic cure, it's something you will have to be mindful of forever. From someone who had surgery 6 years ago and continues to be thrilled everyday with the results.

    Welcome!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Welcome Tori

    Your positive attitude will certainly help you on this journey. Its fun and exciting.

    Lots of great people here happy to share their stories and offer support and advice.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Buttaflilove's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Tori
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Thank you for the warm welcome! I am from Newark.


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    Gastric Sleeve Member JannyAZ's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Dr. Burpee (that's right)
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Hi Tori! You sound like an intelligent gal who has thought this through and has her head in the right place to be successful. I wish you nothing but luck! I’m just four months post surgery, but feeling SO much better and thankful to have received this tool to a healthier me.
    Height: 5'3
    HW: 234.0 BMI 41.5
    2 week pre-op diet loss: 7
    SW: 190.5
    CW: 140.5
    GW: 125 BMI 22



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Sh5's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Sally
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Welcome. Few, if any on this blog, have regretted their informed decision. Negative comments are mostly by those who seem to have failed to take a realistic look at themselves and the procedure. It's not an instant fix just a most wonderful tool.
    Best of luck on your journey.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Mmeghan's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Congrats! On getting it scheduled. That’s very exciting.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member AnnieG's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Annie
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    Dr. Ryan Heider
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Tori, you will rock this! You've already taken accountability for the changes you'll make. And you get so much life back into your living! Just follow the good programs that are there to use the tool of the vertical gastric sleeve.

    I am so grateful for the support on this board, and that, along with losing weight and regaining health instead of cookies, has been amazing!
    [I]HW: 240 lbs SW: 199 lbs GW: 140 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4
    3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 MO = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
    1 YR = 122.0 2 YR = 140.00

    Happy with my weight; happy with my size; over-the-moon with my health!

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    Gastric Sleeve Member Buttaflilove's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Tori
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    Dr. Alan Saber
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Update: I went for medical clearance on Friday and I wasn't cleared. According to the doctor, my heart rate is too fast so I have to see a cardiologist to clear me. The appointment for that is scheduled for 11/15. I hope everything is okay with my heart so I can be cleared.


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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    So did they make you go through a procedure where you’re at to get the surgery? I’m actually surprised how quick I was approved and on the schedule. I had a one day class and day of appts with the psych doctor and dietician and insurance approved, poof lol. I mean it’s good but curious how other people’s experiences are with getting approved.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by Buttaflilove View Post
    Update: I went for medical clearance on Friday and I wasn't cleared. According to the doctor, my heart rate is too fast so I have to see a cardiologist to clear me. The appointment for that is scheduled for 11/15. I hope everything is okay with my heart so I can be cleared.
    Keep us updated. Could be being nervous about being approved elevated your heart rate. We're rooting for you!!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Buttaflilove's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Tori
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    Default Re: Greetings everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by JLB8080 View Post
    So did they make you go through a procedure where you’re at to get the surgery? I’m actually surprised how quick I was approved and on the schedule. I had a one day class and day of appts with the psych doctor and dietician and insurance approved, poof lol. I mean it’s good but curious how other people’s experiences are with getting approved.
    Hello. They took an EKG when I went for medical clearance and said my heart is beating too fast. So I have to go to the cardiologist now and I don't know what procedures he would do. I've had 5 nutritionist appointments (last one is scheduled for tomorrow), I had the psych evaluation, an endoscopy, and labwork done. The cardiologist is the last step. It's cool you didn't run into any problems getting approved


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