I am from Newcastle as well it is a bit wet there at the moment I hope you fared well in the floods. Wishing you all the best for your op, you are entering a fantastic period in your life. It isn't easy and there will be days when you think why did I do this to myself but 2 years on I can tell you it is the best thing other than having my son that I ever did. My life is completely different I have had experiences I only ever dreamed about. I never thought I would ever be thin enough to safely catch a plane, now I live in Bahrain and fly to Europe for my holidays.
Congrats and wishing you all the best.