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Transcript: Telling others about surgery

I didn’t tell anyone about this procedure, only my mom and dad and my wife. A week prior to the procedure, I thought I better let my brother know seeing I’m going in for an operation and (his) answer was “why can’t you just lose weight, go on a diet and exercise”. When you’re morbidly obese, it is difficult even just to go for a walk. I couldn’t walk 200 meters without thinking I need to stop and have a rest. This was the last shot at something. 

I still haven’t told people that I’ve had this procedure done. Only my immediate family know that I’ve had the procedure done. A lot of people say to me, “how have you lost the weight”? I tell them I’ve just stopped eating and cut out the soft drinks and junk food. 

I don’t know why I’m not comfortable talking about it, I just don’t want people to know what I’ve had done. A lot of people think it’s an easy cop out, as my brother thought, it’s an easy cop out. That is a big procedure to have. 

For me, this procedure, it was the answer to everything, and I think it should be made available to as many people as they can.