There is a new blog on the scene, entitled Gastrically Changed, by Kristen, a labor and delivery nurse who decided to have gastric bypass surgery. It is poignant and thoughtful and well written. (I like the play on words: It is hard not to read it as gastrically challenged!)
After I wrote her a note praising the blog, Kristen replied:
From the beginning of this entire process, I knew I was going to be very open about it. I think if you try to be secretive, people think you are ashamed or embarrassed about what you are doing...because THEY think YOU think you are doing something wrong. That makes everyone uncomfortable. I knew that I would lose a lot of weight...fast...and people would figure it out either way. So if people would know, even if I didn't tell them, why not be open about it and remove all the uncomfortableness? This surgery was going to change my life for the better and I wanted to share that excitement with people! I was aware that, by being this open, people would ask questions and be curious. So if being open about my experience can help educate them, maybe I can do my small part to make this more accepted all around.
Please take a look and enjoy and learn from this patient's perspective.