Newbie shyly introducing myself...
Hi! I'm Cassie, I'm 26 and live in Melbourne. I'm currently about the heaviest I've ever been, 118kg *gulp*. I'm a shorty-pants so that makes my BMI around 47. I've been overweight all my life and have yo-yo-ed up and down with various diets, etc.
I've been thinking vaguely about weight loss surgery for a few years but hadn't pursued it, mostly because I was ashamed and afraid that others would think I was giving up or taking the "easy way out" (ridiculous, I know), but the last few months I've thought, forget it, embarrassment be damned! If it gets me where I need to go then that's all that matters. The few people I've shared with have been really supportive too, thankfully.
I've been lurking here for a few weeks but as I hadn't had my appointment yet I didn't want to jump in and post in case the surgeon said I wasn't a candidate and all the excitement would have been for nothing!
I had my first appointment with the surgeon today and it went quite well. I had been pretty set on wanting a sleeve but he encouraged me to also think about gastric bypass; he said that he usually recommends bypass for younger patients like myself, but that he would also be happy to do the sleeve if that was what I really wanted. I'm still leaning towards the sleeve - the higher risk associated with the bypass has put me off a fair bit - but I've got plenty of time to think about it. I just took out private health today (that was an exciting moment - shit's getting REAL!) so I've got a long 12 months to mull things over!
Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts and wisdom on this site, it's been invaluable to me these last few weeks :)