• Big Nana Big Nana
    October 06, 2008
    Is there a "free" gastric bypass surgery that anyone would do? I am a willing candidate.
    Big Nana Big Nana
    October 06, 2008

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  • The HealthGal
    Health Guide
    October 07, 2008
    The HealthGal
    Health Guide
    October 06, 2008

    If you are morbidly obese or have a BMI over 40, you should be able to petition your insurance company (with your doctor as advocate) for coverage of this surgery, especially if you have strong risk factors for disease or clear disease present. 

     

    If you have no coverage, you might present to some university teaching hospitals whose surgical residents need surgical practice (the attendings will monitor the surgery) but you will still have to pay for hospital stay and anesthesia and any other outside costs.

    • ASHLEY DENNIS
      July 25, 2009
      ASHLEY DENNIS
      July 25, 2009

      Hi my is Ashley Dennis I have a BMI of 60. I have insurance but, it don't cover

      this surgery. I would love to get out of this fat prison any information you can get

      me on a somewhat free surgery.   

       

       

                                                                       Best wishes

                                                                          Ashley D.

                                                                          

       

                                                                           

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    • Joanne
      July 28, 2009
      Joanne
      July 28, 2009

      Hello I am a young woman age 24 and my BMI is 31.2 i have tried everything to loose weight but to no advale, I would be willing to be a candidate for gastric bypass surgery but i don't have the insurance please I am desperate Many thanks Miss J Love

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    • The HealthGal
      July 28, 2009
      The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      July 28, 2009

      I am not familiar with any free gastric bypass surgery and though your BMI is a bit over 30 - and clearly you are carrying substantial extra weight - I would suggest finding the root cause of your overeating.  If it's emotional - seek counseling from a psychologist who specialies in obesity and eating issues.  Walking daily is free and actually helps you to channel emotional feelings into exercise instead of eating.  There are now free exercise programs and web programs so again, no cost involved if you have a computer.  Eating education through again the internet or from books, I wrote Fat families Thin Families can offer you solid and healthy approaches to eating.  At the end of the day - you need to take ownership of this health situation, just like we take ownership of our finances and other "life necessities."  Be kind to yourself and change one habit at a time but get support and help.  An organization like Weight Watchers or Overeaters Anonymous might help as well.

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    • hannahsmom0213
      July 30, 2009
      hannahsmom0213
      July 30, 2009

      i am 21 years old and i weight close to 300 pounds! i ahve tried every diet under the sun, and nothig seem to work. i have to beautiful daughters, and all i want is to see them grow! i not only want this for myself but i hinestly want it for my girls. they NEED their mother! and i NEED help. i can't do this on my own. i want to be healthy and energized to watch and help my girls grow!

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    • SARAH
      August 09, 2009
      SARAH
      August 09, 2009

      I AM LIVING WITH OBESITY AND I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING..IT IS NOT ABOUT EATING SOME OF US ARE JUST BUILT THIS WAY! I LIKE HEALTHY FOOD AND I WOULD LOVE TO EXERCISE BUT BECAUSE OF MY WEIGHT AND MY HEALTH ISSUES I CAN'T! I AM WILLING TO DO ANYTHING AND I WISH I COULD AFFORD THIS SURGERY!

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    • The HealthGal
      August 09, 2009
      The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      August 09, 2009

      I am sorry that you feel so defeated and frustrated - obesity and the whole weight issue is very daunting.  that being said - everyone cannot afford the surgical option and unless you totally change how you eat-why you eat- temptations in your kitchen and pantry-your emotional connection to food- you would not be a successful candidate for either lap band or gastric bypass.  Though both have high failure rates because you can "undo the surgery" by overeating - which is what gets you obese in the first place.  You may have a slow metabolism and a genetic predisposition to weight gain - but eating puts the weight on and lack of movement compounds the problem.  I worked with several 500 plus pound people and over 2-3 yrs they lost more than 50% of their weight by slowly modifying what they eat- by beginning a walking program-by getting therapy for their food issues.  Believe in yourself and get help-it is doable.

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    • Irene
      August 11, 2009
      Irene
      August 11, 2009

      I am willing to go through any type of surgery that will help me loss the weight. I have been obese for many years and I am dersperite can you help me. I don't have any money to pay. Please help me.  Thank you

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    • JennWes
      August 26, 2009
      JennWes
      August 26, 2009

      Ashley have you found anything out? I'm in the same boat that you are in and I need all the help that I can get.

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    • Becky
      September 01, 2009
      Becky
      September 01, 2009

      I am 33 years old.  I am 5' 2-1/2" tall.  I weigh 370 lbs.  I have hypothyroidism (treated by levothyroxin).  I have sleep apnea (I use a CPAP).  I have a fibroid tumor.  I have arthritis in my lower back.  My blood pressure is great, my cholesterol is fine.  I do not have diabetes.  I am fairly active - I live in the country on a farm and take care of cattle, chickens, mow and weed eat the inner yard (that is about an acre).  I like to go fishing and boating.  I work full time.  I clean house, do laundry.  Walk every day - probably an average of 2 hours per day between work related, farm related and leisure related exercise.

       

      I have literally tried everything.  I joined a hospital health club and did water aerobics as well as used some of their land machines (low impact as I have arthritis in my lower back).  I went to the health club and saw my physiologist everyday for 2 hours a day.  I saw a dietician once a month.  I provided her with spreadsheets on everything I ate on a daily basis.  The exercise physiologist said that I was one of her most dedicated patients.  The dietician said she'd never had a patient so throrough and so serious about losing weight.  I stuck with it - I cried, I hurt, I pushed through it.  In 5 months I lost 15 pounds.  In the 6th month I gained back 5 pounds - although nothing, absolutely nothing had changed. 

       

      The physiologist and dietician re-evaluated the situation, compared notes... they both recommended gastric bypass because they said for whatever reason my body is fighting itself.  No one seems to know why I don't seem to be able to lose weight - no matter what I do.

       

      I believe there are other people out there who are like me - I know I can't be a freak.  But yet - where's the help we need?  Tied up in insurance claims and a procedure that on average costs more than my car did brand new.

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    • marcy
      September 04, 2009
      marcy
      September 04, 2009

      me too I am 47 257 5ft 6in I am very depressed dont leave the house take the garbage out after dark and grab the mail I didnt always look like this Ive had some big emointal things happen in my life

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    • MeLiSsA B
      September 10, 2009
      MeLiSsA B
      September 10, 2009

      Becky there are others like you out there...I happen to one of them.  No matter what I do I can not lose weight.  I love to go walking and I eat fairly healthy.  I don't overeat...in fact if anything I under eat (only one meal per day)

       

      not all of us overeat or have major issues with food.  I want the surgery because I want to be able to exercise and walk and not get out of breath or stop becuase my calves and back hurt. I also just want to live healthier and look healthier.  I am almost 30 and I have never been asked out on a date.  I always have gone on the "friend" dates.

       

      Anyone know where someone who is unemployed and has no insurance can get the surgery and not have to pay for it...or minimal payment.

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    • mbohon
      September 20, 2009
      mbohon
      September 20, 2009

      HI! I am over weight and bmi is 53. I am unemployed. I cant afford it. I have been told that this is the only thing that will have me. My husband is out of work due to ulcers on the left leg. Please me so i can get healthy and have a better life.

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    • anna
      September 22, 2009
      anna
      September 22, 2009

      but i couldent afford to pay i have littel money as i am on the social sacurit

       

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    • katherine
      October 04, 2009
      katherine
      October 04, 2009

      hi,

      my name is katherine sanchez,my insurance doesnt cover this operation,i would do anything to save my live,please help,

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    • Beentheregirl
      October 21, 2009
      Beentheregirl
      October 21, 2009

      Innocent  Hello there.  Been There Girl here.

      Ok.  You know that at your height 370 pounds is a dangerous place

      to be?  I tried the exercise route.  But - I still ate like I wanted to.  Hense no weight loss.

      My suggestion to you, is to write down ALL you eat.  Make a chart

      and list them.  Even the snacks.  Try and loose the pop and cut down on chocolate.  Give yourself a treat 2 or 3 times a week so

      you do not feel deprived.  Then the devil will entise you to binge -

      that sucker will try all he has to try & make you sad and upset.

      Are you a believer in Jesus Christ? If not, do you want to be?  I

      can help you there.  I have been Born Again since 1975.  I do not

      claim to be a miracle worker - I leave that to God!  But we can

      pray for each other and support each other and make it work!

       

      I do not believe your body is fighting itself.  That is Doctor talk.

      We KNOW who is doing this. It is a Spiritual battle.  The sooner

      you know this the faster you can solve this.  WITHOUT BYPASS

      SURGERY!  I was told, at 328 lbs., that I would die if I had the

      surgery!  I like to eat. But I went to man - not to God for answers

      and that just did me in.  Once I realized that I needed His help,

      went to Him and had a heart to heart talk, I knew my days of

      being fat were numbered.

       

      You are not a freak.  You are a child of God and He makes no junk

      so, know this - He Loves You!  And no matter what He is on your

      side.  You have to submit to Him.  Walk - that will help.  if you

      want to exercise do so.  I did not.  I have too many physical stuff

      wrong with me.  I did have the "Apron" that most overweight

      peole have.  It hung past my thighs.   It causes yeast infections &

      all kinds of crap.  I had to powder myself and wear cotton strips

      across my abdomen so that the skin would not touch the skin.

      Because once it does You pull it apart - it bleeds and that is not

      good.  I went out on a limb - I signed a form that said if I have

      the pannus (mini abdomiplasty) removed it would be costly.  and I

      would have to pay for it.  I signed it - but I knew God was behind

      me - I went to a plastic surgeon and he had reservations - but

      I had no open sores, no problems of any kind!  He was shocked!

      And then - the bill came?  $39,219.00!  Whoa!  Guess what?

      I DID NOT PAY ONE CENT!  GOD TOOK CARE OF IT ALL!

      You sometimes have to go out on a limb - when you do, God will

      meet you there and you rest in His arms.  Innocent  

       

      Now, I do not know how it is for you - but if they are suggesting

      Gastric Bypass - I am willing to bet they would go for something

      else.  There are answers out there.  You just have to know how to

      look.  Ask God to help you.

       

      I had my Apron removed - I lost 15 pounds!  I no longer have to

      powder myself and I am FREE for the 1st time in 15 yrs.  Praise

      the Lord!  You go to Him and let Him hear your story.  He knows

      it - He wants you to humble yourself before Him - then - watch

      Him pull it all together for you!  Trust Him. What do you have

      to loose?  370 pounds?  Watch the weight fall off you.  It has

      taken me 3 years to loose my weight.  I did it the healthy way.

      The God way.

       

      Blessings to you!

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    • sugurnspyice
      November 13, 2009
      sugurnspyice
      November 13, 2009

      hi, will you please pray for me, I weigh 350 pounds and can't quit eating, I am so tired everyday and know I am dying.  I have a bad heart now and know I am dying more and more every day with every bite I eat. I just can't seem to stop eating please help me. I love the lord, please pray for me, please I beg you.linda

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    • Beentheregirl
      November 14, 2009
      Beentheregirl
      November 14, 2009

      Smile   Hello Linda -

       

      Yes, I surely will pray for you.  First of all - "take the can't" OUT

      of your vocabulary.   I suspect that what you have been doing is

      "Emotional Eating".   When you are depressed you go around and

      try anything that will ease your pain.  We all do it.  That is why

      counseling is important.  Are you stuffing your feelings down deep

      inside?  That is what I did.  When I lost all my weight in high school, (I was a size 22 at 15-16 yrs old)  I got down to 140 Lbs.

      I got married at 21 and I was so excited to wear an off the rack

      wedding  dress - size 14.  Divorced at age 27.  I could put away

      a 1/2 gallon of ice cream in one sitting, a bag of M & M's also,

      stuff that put the weight on me.  How do you know you are dying? 

      Have you seen a Dr.?  It is important that before you start a diet,  you get looked at by a Dr.  There is a disease that causes

      some people to eat constantly.  Google Web MD and learn about

      all the surgies you can have and pick one with a Dr. in your area.

      Also, this could be a Spiritual thing.  We all know satan is a liar.

      you must stop listening to him.  He knows how to push your buttons

      & he knows all about you.  You must examine your relatives - was

      anyone else in your family a plus size?  I would go to them and I

      would ask questions.  There could be a generational thing there

      that needs to be broken.  They call it a generational curse.  You

      must bind the devil and all his cohorts.  He cannot touch you if

      you are a Christian.  He can do things to make you miserable.  I

      know this because it happened to me.  God is a big God - He knows

      what you can handle and what you cannot.  Make a list of all you

      eat.  In the long run - when you see this a light will go on in your

      head.  Seeing what you are eating kinda lets ya know where it is

      going.   I now have lost 96 pounds.  It has taken 3 1/2 years.

      I didn't go it alone - God was with me .  You can read on down and

      see my previous posting on that one.

       

      But I pray that  you welcome the Lord into your situation and also

      your heart if you have not already.  Are there any "Catherines"

      plus size stores in your area?  You need to learn how to dress

       so that you can be comfortable.  They cater to the larger sizes.

      They can be pricey - but the end result is you will look like a

      million dollars.  Covering the hips is important - Alot of the fat

      down in the abdominal area  usually causes "the Apron"  that big

      slice of fat that you can have surgery for to get rid of - I had

      the surgery and I can tell you - you will love the way you look!

      I would recommend this if you have the same  symptoms I did.

      I will pray for you and I hope this helps in some way.

       

      Been There Girl

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    • mrs nunez
      December 04, 2009
      mrs nunez
      December 04, 2009

      Hi my name is Andrea and  I have been over weight since I had my son.  I did loose the weight once and I gained it back once I started eating regular food agian.  Since then I have had my second child and I will not be having anymore.  I'm ready to get rid of this weight.  I use to be 115 and now I way 203.  My legs hurt so much I'm always having leg pain and knee pains.  Sometimes it's very hard for me to walk, I can't even run after my kids.  My 5 year old son can out run me.  I walk and have watched what I eat, but nothing seems to work.  Can you please help me.  Since the weight gain I can't even look in the mirror and I'm so depressed.  I have insurance, but not the money and kaiser wants you to be 250 pounds to consider the gasteric bypass or lap band, but I'm 5"5 and for my height I'm over weight.. Please is there anything that can be done?

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    • GABRIELA MIRA
      January 11, 2010
      GABRIELA MIRA
      January 11, 2010

      please i need information about bypass surgery i not have insurance

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    • The HealthGal
      January 11, 2010
      The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      January 11, 2010

      If you read most of the comments here, you will see that private insurance may cover you if you have a certain BMI and risk factors - otherwise as far as i know there is no "free surgery" available.

      You might consider joining a support group in your nieghborhod or online - Sparks, Overeaters Anonymous, or simply the forum here to get support in helping you lose some weight while you further investigate your options.  Just walking is "free" and something you can do daily to help your health profile.

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    • Karma
      January 19, 2010
      Karma
      January 19, 2010

      Some people can not walk more than a short distance, I can walk about 200 feet and then that is it and my knee is swollen and too painful to move. I have had to have 3 knee surgeries due to an injury and have nothing left in my knee between the bones. Before my injury I was constantly active but since the injury I have gained quite a bit of weight and no matter what I eat or don't eat it doesn't go away.

       

      What do you say to people in my situation? It is not due to eating or overeating but injury.

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    • KARI-AT A LOSS
      January 20, 2010
      KARI-AT A LOSS
      January 20, 2010

      I WAS READING YOUR RESPONSE TO ANOTHER CRY FOR HELP. MY NAME IS KARI, I'M 39. I'M 5'2" AND WEIGH 270LBS =38.8% BODY FAT. WHICH I SWEAR SEEMS LIKE IT HAPPENED OVER NIGHT, NOT REALLY ITS BEEN ABOUT 3 YEARS. HAD 2 CHILDREN DURING THAT TIME. AFTER ABOUT AGE 27, HAVE BEEN ON THE THICK BUILD SIZE....BUT NOT LIKE THIS!!! ON NOVEMBER 30TH I WAS STANDINGON  A CHAIR HANGING CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (I KNOW, NOT SMART!) AND FELL, THE CHAIR COLLAPSED I FELL RE-HYPEREXTENDED MY KNEE, AND...BROKE MY ANKLE-SAME LEG. 4 WKS BEFORE ACCIDENT HAD FINALLY STARTED EXERCISING DOING CARDIO AEROBICS AGAIN LIKE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER (SOFTBALL PLAYER, RAN TRACK, ECT.) HAD LOST 20 LBS.  IM STARTING TO BE ABLE TO BARE WEIGHT ON MY ANKLE AGAIN BARELY...WHEELCHAIR BOUND MOST OF THE TIME.  ON TOP OF IT ALL WE HAVE NO INSURANCE SO IVE BEEN REHABILITATING MY KNEE ON MY OWN....AGAIN. GETTING A LIL' BETTER EVERY DAY. IM A STAY AT HOME MOM, WHAT THE HECK DO I DO....TOO HEAVY TO BARE WEIGHT ON ANKLE AND KNEE, BUT NOT GOING TO LOSE WEIGHT UNLESS I EXERCISE.  FEEL SO TRAPPED!  

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    • The HealthGal
      January 20, 2010
      The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      January 20, 2010

      I feel for so many of you hoping that there is some way to get gastric bypass but knowing that without insurance or with insurance but without certain other parameters in place - it won't happen.  As you all wait for changes in this sector of medicine youhave to try and do whatever else you can do to get healthier- and even small steps can count-find a buddy and start a walking program - use out online dieting tools to make even small dietary changes - seek affordable help from a psychologist or nutritionist when possible - read up on strategies to change some of your less healthy habits - one step at a time.

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    • KARI-AT A LOSS
      January 20, 2010
      KARI-AT A LOSS
      January 20, 2010

      THIS WEBSITE IS NEW FOR ME, SO BE PATIENT. NOT LOOKING FOR WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY GUESS I MESSAGED IN THE WRONG AREA. I'LL FIGURE IT OUT, NOT SURE WHAT I EXPECTED I KNOW THERE IS NO MIRACLE CURE NOT EVEN.... SURGERY MY SISTER IN LAW HAD THE GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY, SAID THAT SHE HAD TO COMPLETELY RETRAIN THE WAY AND WHAT SHE ATE. SHE CHANGED HER LIFE THE SURGERY WAS JUST A TOOL TO HELP HER WITH NEW WAY OF LIFE. THE SURGERY WONT WORK IF YOU DONT CHANGE YOUR BAD HABITS. GUESS I WAS MORE LOOKING FOR ALTERNATIVE EXERCISE PROGRAMS THAT YOU COULD DO IN MY POSITION, YOU SEEMED KNOWLEDGABLE. THOUGHT YOU MIGHT HAVE READ OR HEARD SOMETHING I HADEN'T. HARD TO BURN CALORIES WHEN YOU CANT STAND ON YOUR OWN FEET!!!!   

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    • The HealthGal
      January 20, 2010
      The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      January 20, 2010

      Actually you can do "exercises in the chair" - there are DVDs (pretty inexpensive) and an infommercial that advetises a full chair exercise system (used in many rehab centers) - you might also check out the local Y to see if you can do water exercises and water aerobics -the water allows people with even serious knee issues to exercise more forgivingly and safely - good luck

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    • KARI-AT A LOSS
      January 20, 2010
      KARI-AT A LOSS
      January 20, 2010

      SEE I KNEW YOU KNEW WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT WATER AEROBICS NEVER CROSSED MY MIND, JUST NEEDED TO VENT AND TALK TO SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE USUAL PEOPLE I TALK TO WITH THE ALWAYS "I DONT KNOW" MENTALITY! THANKYOU-THANKYOU-THANKYOU!  I'LL KEEP IN TOUCH AND LET YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES THE HARDEST PART NOW IS THE SWIMSUITEmbarassed! WHICH REALISTICALLY IS GONNA BE THE EASIEST PART. THANKS AGAIN SINCERELY, KARI

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    • tessie
      February 21, 2010
      tessie
      February 21, 2010

      I appriciate that, i have a friend who is 15 years old and weighs 288 pounds. she has a great desire to lose over 100 pounds by the end of this year and has tried absolutely EVERYTHING! Phentermine, lipozene, any diet you could think of has let her down, she is a wonderful person who has so many hopes and dreams, but she feels like her weight keeps getting in the way of everything that she has a desire to do! so i just wanted to know if there is any information you could possibly give us. she has HUNDEREDS of people who would stand behind her in this, and they would definately be advocates to this weightloss petition... we would appriciate ANYTHING! Please! She is DESPARATE! 

      Thank you. please respond to queenvanessazim@aol.com . thank you!

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    • Big Nana
      March 05, 2010
      Big Nana
      March 05, 2010

      Are you on Medicare too?  I went through a place called Belightweight.   There phone number is 816-517-8160.  I am the original person who asked for the free weight loss surgery well over a year ago on this site.  I checked their websight.  My lapband plus the doctors bill, anethesia, plane ticket came to approximately $27,000 maybe more.  I paid installments on the hospital bill and the doctors bill and paid for my round-ticket to Detroit, Michigan and I live in Arizona. Made no difference to me where I had to go to get this thing done and I'd do it in a heartbeat again if I had to, which I don't.  I lost 72lbs in 8 mos.  I took a time-off period for several months just so I could get "used" to my weight loss.  I've been up and down  about 15lbs for the last 6 months.  I have had "fills" along the way and recently had one more this past Wednesday.  I may have reached my "sweet spot".  Can't eat too much at a time and have to chew it well, small bites.  Need to get on the ball and exercise some more.  The two together is the only way it works for me.  My only problem is that I'm still fighting bad eating habits.  I need to get through to myself that eating healthily is my best bet.  Sugar hates me.  Wish I could stay off of it.  But.....getting the Lap-Band was and is a wonderful tool in this challenging game of weight loss.  Good luck to you.  You can email if you need more info.  If you can make installment payments on some of these things, it's really not such a big bite out of what money you have.  You can do it!!!! 

      Sincerely,

      Gloria

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    • timsmoking
      March 23, 2010
      timsmoking
      March 23, 2010

      Hi Gloria, My name is Timothy, I am a 51 year old veteran, who weight is 360 pounds, while I do get all my medical expenses paid by the Veteran Andministration, they will not, and have not approved any weight loss surgery, I have several medical problems that are related to my weight problems, Right Kidney removal, asthama, sleep anea, breathing problems, hernia right side, high blood pressure, deprssion, and high clorestrol.  Although my docotors have stated that i would be a great candidate for this surgery, I am unable to get it at the VA.  I don't not have insurance, but can make payment installments if someone would approve me.  I would appreciate any help that you may be able to send me on getting some help with weight loss surgery, Thanks Tim

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    • ksplaya
      March 25, 2010
      ksplaya
      March 25, 2010

      Becky I applaude your courage and ask your forgiveness if i offended you, i know exactly what you're going thru and i salute your mannerism in your response. I realize that some people have a hard time losing weight I just hate it when people, who don't know what it's like, come on here pretending to know how it feels so i argue with them lol but my intentions weren't to ofend anyone and I respect people like you who can refrain from angry words and answer accordingly and yes I am very ignorant at times and should hold my own words but people like you make me feel hopeful in humanity and I thank you for that and hope you find relief for your problem....God Bless you maam,

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    • emphatic
      April 03, 2010
      emphatic
      April 03, 2010

      I hate signing up for stuff just to respond to a question but I feel your pain so I had to try and help.   Most insurance companies do cover WLS but some have more criteria.  Before I looked into it, I completed searches online for clinical trials in my area.  There are many clinical trials that take place every year for weight loss surgery and  new weight loss surgery procedures.  They are free and you get paid.  The problem I encountered is that they were always full.  So look online and see if you can find anything.  My surgery is on the 6th of April.   I have insurance that is covering it.  I am soooooo excited and have gone through alot to get here.  I am two days away.  All I can say is don't give up and explore all avenues. Periodically check with your insurance company and doctor to see if anything has changed. More and more insurance companies are jumping on board and some even cover plastic surgery after your weight loss! Good Luck  

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    • Big Nana
      April 05, 2010
      Big Nana
      April 05, 2010

      Hi Tim, I'm sorry that I took so long in answering you.  Are you on SS Disability & Medicare too, along with your Veterans insurance?  That's the only way that I know of to get the process started for you.  I kind of failed to mention something in my last writing. It was a costly operation, yes. What I failed to say was that Medicare paid it all except for a $1000.00 hospital bill which I paid over a one year period and I paid a very little part of the doctor's bill at $25 a month for several months and very, very little to the anesthesiologist. Got a good deal on the RT plane ticket and I probably spent  well under $2000 from beginning to end over the following year. BeliteWeight took care of everything for me. I don't think I would ever have made it to the surgery without their help.  I looked into it for 3 years at least trying to get all the necessary information together. On the negative side was that most of these places wanted me to go on a 6 month diet prior to the surgery. It helps to be more healthy for the surgery. I get that. At BeliteWeight though I only had to go on a 2 week diet, which I did and dropped 20lbs. prior to the surgery. It was enough to shrink my liver, which is what they're concerned about with all patients.  Having to go on a 6 month diet always ended my future plans cause I couldn't stay on the diet for that long and my doctor at that time said without sufficient weightloss that 'they'd' never do the surgery. I felt like I was going around in circles. If you'd get all your information collected, then by the time you can finally maybe get the surgery done, then my information had expired and I'd have to go & get it all again. With BeliteWeight though, they actually made it all happen for me in a very short time, and I will forever be grateful to them for their help.     I hope for you that this may help. Just remember that the surgery won't do it all for you. It's a tool and the rest is up to you to make it happen. I'm going through a difficult losing stage at the moment. I am trying my darndest to 'fix' it, but it all goes downhill when nighttime arrives. I do good all day and then I still 'blow it' in the evenings. The band is tight most of the day, but when evening comes, that food goes right down and then it's been impossible to stop eating. I'm an emotional eater from way back when. Until I resolve those issues, I'm never going to get all of this weight off ever. I'm looking into adrenal fatigue at the moment. It certainly sounds like my adrenals are exhausted. Ya gotta fix it all. Balance is the key. I might see a counselor next. Gotta figure this out. Thanks Gloria

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    • janette p
      April 17, 2010
      janette p
      April 17, 2010

      hi l am  50 years old but now l feel that my weight is caching up with me and l need help my bml over 40 thanks janette

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    • Bambi
      April 27, 2010
      Bambi
      April 27, 2010

      I need help to have this surgery because I'm in a no win situation. My body doesn't want to do what I want to do any more it has its own mine now. I need the gastric bypass surgery now plz if any one can help, I am willing to be a canidate for the surgery if you can help, I have medicare and medicaid.

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    • Terri
      July 08, 2010
      Terri
      July 08, 2010

      are we related?  I am also 33 years old and have the SAME problem,  I can eat less then anyone and nothing changes.  My doctor's don't believe me when I tell them I do not overeat.  I am so sick and tied of being this person on the outside who doesn't match the person I am on the inside!!!  I feel like no one understands, even my extended family says "it is calories in, calories out"  well they can shove thier calories!!!  I am going to try my hardest to find a way to have gastric bypass!!!  Maybe we should create a group and march on washington!!!!  LOL  I hope to one day be the person I know I am until then, I suffer in silance.  I will let you know if I come across anything.  Thanks,  Terri

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    • Rosie
      July 08, 2010
      Rosie
      July 08, 2010

      hi i have a BMI 67 .I have insurance but it don't cover this surgery . I would love to get out of this fat prision any information you can get me on a somewhat free surgery.

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    • pixiegurl200506
      July 13, 2010
      pixiegurl200506
      July 13, 2010

      Hi, my name is Sierra, I am 18 and 260 lbs, and I have been over weight since I can remember. I really need all the help I can get, I have tried everthing I can, but nothing has worked. Please help me!

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    • Pleasantlyplump
      July 28, 2010
      Pleasantlyplump
      July 28, 2010

      Hi, i was wondering with the belightweight program do they check your credit because I was considering this option as well.

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    • Glo
      Glo
      August 13, 2010
      Glo
      Glo
      August 13, 2010

      Hi...No they didn't check my credit cause if they would have, I wouldn't have had the surgery.  You have to be on Medicare remember. 

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    • gstang
      August 15, 2010
      gstang
      August 15, 2010

      I feel 4 u i also have 2 daughters and would love to see them grow i cant even run around with them maybe we can help each other i feel all i need is someone to push me along so if intrested e mail me thx gsulrzycki@gmail.com hope to hear from u greg

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    • gstang
      August 15, 2010
      gstang
      August 15, 2010

      I feel 4 u i also have 2 daughters and would love to see them grow i cant even run around with them maybe we can help each other i feel all i need is someone to push me along so if intrested e mail me thx gsulrzycki@gmail.com hope to hear from u greg

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    • AshPickel
      August 16, 2010
      AshPickel
      August 16, 2010

      Hi my Name is Ashley im a 24yr old women im over weight im willing to be a candidate in a free gastirc bypass surgery program my BIM is 47.5...

       

      thanks

         Ashley

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    • Cindy McC
      October 10, 2010
      Cindy McC
      October 10, 2010

      You reply is well taken. However, there are some of us out here that due to physical problems, are hampered. I'm one of those such people. I can only walk short distances, sit up so long you get the idea. I do upper body exercises. I,ve tried eating 1000 calories or less a day. What else can I do. If you think that all fat people are that way because we/they over eat, boy are you wrong! Write another book about us obese people. Before you do get some reasearch done. Actually speak to some of the actual people that have good reasons why they can't lose weight. Stop pushing your book and go to the medical journals and do some reading!!!!!!!!!!!!

       

                                          CindyMcC

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    • Joy
      Joy
      October 15, 2010
      Joy
      Joy
      October 15, 2010

      that is so awesome for you. I am trying to lose weight now and I too am a Christian I have been praying on this for a while now. I have four kids and I really want to be healthy so I can spend not just time with them but quality time , my husband is also in this weightloss battle although he doesn't have as much to lose as me. I wish I could afford surgery but the reality of the situation is I can not. We are sruggling not just in weight loss but financially right now but reading your article somehow made me feel better. I am 5'7" and weigh about 285 so I need to lose about 145 ,I am not sure why but i felt very compelled to write you and ask for prayer from you. My name is Joy.

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    • Brenda
      November 10, 2010
      Brenda
      November 10, 2010

      My name is brenda. I am a 28 year old female and mother of two. I am 5ft 2 and 287 lbs. I have tried excercise, I have tried the dieting and nothing works. I do not have any medical insurance, I am a willing canadiate for free surgery if anyone would please help me. I am tired of being overweight and I want to live a long time for my children if anyone can help me please reply. Thank you very much.

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    • deelyn618
      November 24, 2010
      deelyn618
      November 24, 2010

      Hello there, I'm new to this site and felt the need to respond....

      There is a HUGE bias against obese persons in our society. I understand what you are saying, most of it is commen sense. But what most people don't understand is that when a person is morbidly obese they don't have time to lose all the unhealthy weight. What I mean is, when you weigh 300lbs(for example), you need to lose the weight immediately! You don't have 2-3 years of exersizing and dieting to lose the wieght. Because the truth is, you could have a heart attack at any minute. You could stroke on the treadmill! When you are obese, all your joints hurt, you might have asthma, blood sugar problems, back problems....... etc. All these things inhibit how much exersizing you can do. And on top of that, many people are on medicines that inhibit weight loss. Or, cause weight gain and other metabolic issues.

      I work in surgery, I've helped out on many Gastric Bypass procedures. I know from experience that the surgery can be very succesful. The failure rate is NOT high!!!! For most patients, if they gain weight back, it's a mere 10-20 lbs, way better than the condition they were in before. You are also forced into a nutritional routine that you are bound to keep because you pretty much have too. Many Gastric Bypass patients develope sensitivities to fattening, greasy, sugary, alcoholic, salty foods. If they consume these, they often times experience stomach upset and vomiting.

      For all of you who are wanting weight loss surgery.... I say good for you! Like I said, there is a bias that overweight people stay overweight because they don't try. But only that overweight person truly knows the truth about themselves and if they have to have the surgery to get healthy and stick around longer for their family and children, or even to be able to perform their job functions....... than I say go for it!

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    • deelyn618
      November 24, 2010
      deelyn618
      November 24, 2010

      Hi! I myself am unaware of free weightloss surgery but it's my understanding that getting accepted for the surgery is getting easier by the day. Many insurance companies are Pro-Gastric Bypass. And as long as your doctor/surgeon confirms that you fit the criteria, you have to pay your deductable, and your on your way there. Many insurance companies want proof that you've tried other weight loss stratagies(weighwatchers,atkins,JennyCraig.. etc) and they also require a Psyche Eval. There will probably be a seminar you have to go to also. A short time before surgery, you will be put on a strict diet of liquids and protien shakes that will help shrink your liver down(helps the doctor get good exposure during surgery). This diet will also help you prepare for after surgery also. The Gastric Bypass diet is very, very, hard!!! Not to scare anyone, but even if your stomach is smaller, you can only eat 1-2oz at a time and many people develope food sensitivities. You will have many check ups afterwards also to monitor your weight loss and make sure you are staying healthy and not cheating!!!

       

      The only thing I can suggest is getting a differant insurance company. I have BCBS. And I know they cover the surgery. Someone told me that they are the easiest insurance company to go through for Gastric Bypass Surgery.

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    • Sharon P.
      December 10, 2010
      Sharon P.
      December 10, 2010

      I am morbidly obese with a BMI of 52.  I do not want surgery but would love for someone to take me on as a project to lose weight.  I am currently unemployed and have just graduated with my MBA.  I would be willing to train hard however, currently I do not have the motivation to do it alone and stick with it.  I understand the power of a team and I need some help from another person who would be willing to work with me.

       

      Sharon P. 

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    • HealthGal
      December 11, 2010
      HealthGal
      Health Guide
      December 11, 2010

      You might benefit from a group like Overeaters Anonymous - why not see if there is a chapter in your area.  Another support approach that seems to be affordable is Weight Watchers and their new program now supports a healthier eating pattern, coupled with the weekly support meetings where you will meet other individuals struggling like you.  A local hospital or university teaching center may also have a program for you.  Those are some of the options that will provide a support team, and education.

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    • Audrey
      December 20, 2010
      Audrey
      December 20, 2010

      My BMI is 48.4. I have tried TOPS, Weight Watchers, Shackley, Adkins, Cabbage diet, fasting, vegetable/fruit diet, cutting back, ect. I lost quite a bit on the fasting but often times didn't eat for 6 days straight. I know that is not healthy and it slows the metabolism. All the rest, it seems I lose about 15 - 20 pounds and then it all ends. I am so tired of fighting this. My feet and knees kill me. I can now only walk about 3 - 4 blocks. After standing for only 3 hours, I go to bed with my leg and feet throbbing. I am so big that exercise is virtually non-existent anymore. I am only 50 years old. I now have high blood pressure and fear getting diabetes as my family has a history of it. I would be willing to have a surgery done to help get this weight in control and regain the ability to exercise again.

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    • boricua45
      December 30, 2010
      boricua45
      December 30, 2010

      Hi, you had alot of good information in your reply, to bad that a lot of us cannot afford insurance.  That's probably why she asked about free surgery. I too am looking for the same. 

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    • Misty Wilson
      December 31, 2010
      Misty Wilson
      December 31, 2010

      I know the struggles and the ups and downs of trying to diet and exercise when your extremely over-weight. I want to be in a relationship but I can't. I believe that all men see is my weight and it doesn't make me feel very appealing to the opposite sex. I wish their was someone out here who could help with the surgery I would jump on it so fast their head would spin. I don't think there are any doctors who care. Their just in it for the money not to help.

             

       

                                                                                Misty W.

                                                  

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    • charmer4u
      January 06, 2011
      charmer4u
      January 06, 2011

      I BEG TO DIFFER...I HAVE BCBS INSURENCE AND IT DOES NOT COVER GASTRIC BYPASS....

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    • deelyn618
      January 07, 2011
      deelyn618
      January 07, 2011

      working in surgery, I can say that I've never heard of anyone getting gastric bypass for free. I've heard of people winning contests on tv for plastic surgery, etc, etc. But the cost of a bypass(including hospitalization/anesthesia) is well over $20,000. And you want to make sure you go to a good surgeon to get it done. Alot of people don't have insurance right now and alot of people wish they could get their surgery for free but the reality is that you probably won't be able to. There is also the cost of follow up visits and you have to have your weight monitored for over a year. The bariatric surgeon I work with gets asked atleast once a week if he'll do a surgery "pro bono", he told me that he's never done that before. There are surgeons out there who have done "pro bono" work over cancer patients, burn patients, accident victims... etc. But even he told me he's never heard of any surgeon just giving away a $20,000 surgery. Even if he did, he can't get rid of the costs incurred by the hospital alone. The hospital has a seperate cost, and the anesthesia personell have a seperate cost also.

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    • deelyn618
      January 07, 2011
      deelyn618
      January 07, 2011

      It depends on what plan your employer has through them. Almost everyone I know who's had GB, has gotten it paid for through BCBS. I have BCBS, and they approved me and I'm not that overweight.

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    • MRS.UNEALTH
      January 19, 2011
      MRS.UNEALTH
      January 19, 2011

      HELLO I'M LARGELY OVER WEIGHT. I'M 50 YEARS OLD ,I'VE RASED 4 CHILDREN.AND I;M NOT WORKING RIGHT NOW BUT I'M BEEN OVER WEIGHT ALL MY LIFE . I'M  NOT AN UGLY PERSON ,BUT THE FIRST THING A PERSON SEE WHEN WE OR I MEET SOMEONE IS MY WEIGHT. I HAVE A GET LIFE AHEAD OF ME BUT I WOULD LOVE TO LOSE THE WEIGHT .PLEASE SOME ONE HELP ME AND I WILL WORK OFF THE BILLS THANK YOU. 

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    • The HealthGal
      January 19, 2011
      The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      January 19, 2011

      You are probably correct and just to update the information since this blog was written awhile ago - Februrary will roll out a 4 part blog series on "weight loss surgeries" so stay tuned.

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    • shelengyel21
      March 10, 2011
      shelengyel21
      March 10, 2011

      Hi I am shelly,

       

       I currently have no medical coverage and the doctor told me i need to lose 100lbs. I have polly systic ovaries disease. And I have diabeties. I am 26 years old. Also the reason for the weight lose is because of my knee's im to heavy and my knees are going to need to be replaced. I have been trying to lose weight on my own but i can not due to the polly systic ovaries disease. is there any help out here for me. i am will to be a canadaite for the teaching hospital.

       

      thanks,

       

      Shelly

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    • denise
      March 20, 2011
      denise
      March 20, 2011

      Your story brought tears to me eyes! I am 37, 5'7, 365 lbs. I am blessed not to have any health issues besides being obese. I have talked to my PCP about surgery & she is basically against it. She's gone over the food pyramid, calorie intake, excercise....all the things I already know. (I am a diet expert since I've triend them all -hahha!) I am SO frustrated! What is crazy is my insurance will cover surgery, but I was looking into self pay to skip the middle man (my PCP) but even then I think you need their approval. I need to trust God in this battle. I know He can, I know He will. I need to seek Him, do my 1%, so He can do the 99%, Pray for me! Thanks!

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    • LA  SONCHA BOURNETT
      April 10, 2011
      LA  SONCHA BOURNETT
      April 10, 2011

      IAM LOOKING 4 FREE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAN! I NEED HELP, IAM A 320 POUND 48 WOMAN!

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    • LA  SONCHA BOURNETT
      April 10, 2011
      LA  SONCHA BOURNETT
      April 10, 2011

      WAT IS BCBS? CAN U TELL ME MORE I NEED HELP, PLZ HELP ME!

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    • JL
      JL
      April 26, 2011
      JL
      JL
      April 26, 2011

      this is very encouraging, I'm desperate to get a gastric bypass but the cost is putting me off.  I live in the UK and we can get it free on our NHS but I'm completely mortified, my dad got it done and he lost about 12 stone and stopped he's still heavy at about 18 stone but in a better place.  My mum was on the list but the NHS has run out of money.  I've just turned 26 and I'm about 320lbs, its repulsive, I have a loving and devoted fiance thankfully and together we have tried all sorts of dieting and excersing but we just can't keep at it, we both work full time and different shifts, my shifts vary all the time and its just so hard to fit in excerise and healthy eating when I'm shattered all the time.  I feel completely stuck in a rut, I have the biggest motivation for losing weight because we are desperate for children, we had a little girl Ava but she was stillborn at full term plus 5 days, it had nothing to do with my weight but a different condition non obese related but it tore our lives apart, it happened almost 2 years ago and I still can't move on.  We can't try to get pregnant again until I lose weight because I know the risk of miscariages and stillborns are higher in obese people, I can't understand why this isn't motivation enough.  I'm at my wits end, if I even had a friend to excercise with it would help but I don't have close friends that live close by, and my partner gives up quicker than I do.  He's just over 6 foot and about stone but pretty healthy and fit despite that with just a lovely wee belly.  Although he's boarder line diabetes.  I contacted a local private hospital that does this surgery and they wouldn't give me a price until I met with them, but I'm so terrified they'll say a big whopping number and I will have wasted their time.  They say they have payment plans, while I work full time I'm on minimum wage.  I'm guessing the surgery would be about £9k, maybe it would be more with a payment plan if there is interest.  I just dont know what to do, I'm desperate, depressed and in a horrible circle.

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    • Michelle Dodd
      July 05, 2011
      Michelle Dodd
      July 05, 2011

      Hi there! 

       

      5'3", 38, Obese

       

      I have tried everything!  I need help!  Just something to get me over all the eating and being miserable.  With the passing of my mom, I too, became an addict of food.

       

      I'm living in a fat hell! 

       

      smdclapton@gmail.com

       

      Would love to speak with someone that is going through the same thing.  Many of my friends and family members do not understand...

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    • BJNEAL
      July 26, 2011
      BJNEAL
      July 26, 2011

      Hi my name is BJNEAL, my insurance company HEALTHAMERICA does pay for Gastric Bypass surgery but has continue to deny my request. I have provided all medical paper work request still no luck with this insurance company. My appeal has been denied. I'm in shock at their actions know this surgery would enhance my life and give me a new life with all this medication. I need help to lose this weight. HealthAmerica is tring very hard not to help me. WHY?

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    • chelle
      July 27, 2011
      chelle
      July 27, 2011

      I"m applauded to see so many people here begging for help losing weight. Including myself!!! My problem is. I dont quite understand why some of these doctors wont

      donate their services for free. After all, part of their oat, was to help people!!! So,

      where is the help when you hear, your fella man or woman beg for something, as simple as a 2 or 3 hr surgerical procedure. True enough, they wouldnt get paid. But, would be saving a life!!!!!!! Come on Doctors, do what you took the Oat to do!!!!!!

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    • unfairpeople99
      October 02, 2011
      unfairpeople99
      October 02, 2011

      i no of a woman whom got free surgery but what i find discusting is she ate a lot to gain the extra 20 kg ontop of her 110 kg frame just to get the free stomach surgery she now has lost the weight and her sister in law also working full time somehow got to access her super.......i am writingthis as i am discusted in these people and think they should repay for there surgery they had for free.they seem to get whatever they want from dental to weight loss surgery to hand outs and they are not in need of any of it.

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    • unfairpeople99
      October 02, 2011
      unfairpeople99
      October 02, 2011

      I WOULD JUST LIKE TO LET EVERYONE NO ON THIS FORUM THAT I NO OF A WOMAN WHOM GOT FREE SURGERY HALF THE STOMACH CUT OUT .HER WAY OF GETTING THIS FREE SURGERY WHICH IS NOW NO LONGER AVAILABLE WAS GIVEN TO HER AND I WILL SAY THIS WOMAN DIDNT TRY DIDNT DO ANYTHING BUT EAT MORE AS SHE HAD TO PROVE TO GET THE FREE SURGERY SHE WAS GAINING OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.I NO THIS WOMAN COULD LOSE WEIGHT WHEN SHE PUT HER MIND TO IT BUT WANTED THE EASY WAY SO SHE WROTE A LETTER AND GOT PUT ON A WEIGHT LIST AND TOWARD THE TIME SHE GOT WORD OF THE FREE SURGERY SHE ATE AND ATE TO GAIN MORE WEIGHT HER LETTER TO THE SPECIALIST WAS SO SAD ...THATS IF IT WAS TRUTH.....I AM A BATTLER EVERY DAY AND HAVE BEEN VERY OBESE LOST WEIGHT ON MY OWN AND TO THIS DAY AM BATTLING THIS AS WELL AS A HEALTH CONDITION THAT HAS CAUSED ME FIFTEEN SURGERYS AND I LOST WEIGHT ON MY OWN AND I STILL SUCCEDED IN A LOT OF WEIGHT LOSS AND IT TOOK DETERMINATION I AM NOT THIN I AM STILL NOT HAPPY I BATTTLE EVERYDAY AS IT NEVER LEAVES YOUR MIND OF WHAT YOUR CRAVINGS ARE IT CAN HAPPEN ALL OVER AGAIN.BUT THE MORAL TO THIS STORY IS SOME PEOPLE ARE MORE DESERVING OF THIS FREE SURGERYTHIS WOMAN GOT AND I BELIEVE SHE SHOULD REPAY THE GOVERNMENT BACK FOR THIS SURGERY SHE GOT UNDER A BUNDLE OF LIES.THERE ALSO IS ANOTHER WOMAN I HEARD WAS A FREIND OF HERS WHOM WORKS FULL TIME GOT HER SUPER RELEASED BUT I DONT NO HOW WHEN SHE IS WORKING FULL TIME......YET MORE FALSE LIES AND DECIET .I JUST WANT TO LET PEOPLE WITH WEIGHT ISSUES YOU WILL FIND MORE PRIDE IN YOURSELF IF YOU LOSE IT YOURSELF NO HELP LIKE THESE 2 FRAUDSTERS WHOM DIDNT DESERVE WHAT THEY GOT .I WAS DOUBLE 60 KG HEAVIER THAN THERE FRAMES OF 110 I AM NOW HALF 170 KG AND I HAVE GONE UP 3 TO 5 KGS ON AND OFF BUT I BATTLE EVERY DAY FOR 3 YEARS TO KEEP IT OFF WITH A  SEVERE MEDICAL CONDITON I CANNOT GET HELP  WITH AS PUBLIC SYSTEM AND THER WAITING LISTS..........BUT THIS ONE PERSON WHOM ATE FOR THE SAKE OF FREE SURGERY MAKES ME SO ANGRY AS I WOULD LIKE HELP FOR MY MEDICAL CONDITON THAT I HAVE ENDURED A LONG TIME.....SO BE PROUD OF A 10 KG DROP EVEN IF YOU STILL ARE HEAVY .......I WILL PRAY FOR YOU ALL AND MYSELF WE WILL REACH OUT GOAL ON OUR OWN.....NOT LIE AND CHEAT TO GET SURGERY FOR FREE......AND I WILL SAY THIS SURGERY ISNT AVAILABE FOR FREE ANYMORE BUT 2 OUT OF THREE WOMAN I NO HAVE HAD SURGERY HAVE THE NASTY INHUMAIN COMMENT OH WE ARE SMALLER THAN YOU NOW DIDNT HAVE TO WORK AT IT FOR 6 YEARS TO DO IT WE DID IT THE EASY WAY......I MAY HAVE LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT ON MY OWN AND I AM STILL NOT AT MY GOAL WEIGHT AND PEOPLE SAY OH YOU SHOULD BE PROUD.....BUT THEY DONT UNDERSTAND THE DAYS OF CRAVINGS AND MENTAL ANGUISH OF GUILT WHEN YOU DO HAVE A SLIP....OR BE OBSESSED WITH I NO WHAT IWLL GAIN 30 KG S BACK IN A HEARTBEAT IF I EAT THAT .......BUT THESE WOMAN HOW WE CANT EAT MUCH WE CANT FIT ANYMORE IN AS WE GOT HALF OUR STOMACH CHOPPED OUT.....WE ARE LUCKY ....SO NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRYED AND SUCCEEDED WITH WEIGHT LOSS I STILL HAVENOT REACHED MY GOAL WEIGHT DUE TO MEDICAL ISSUE....BUT WANT TO LET YOU ALL NO NEVER GIVE UP ..DO IT ALONE AND IF YOU CANT GET TOT HE SIZE YOU WANT ...THEN STILL BE PROUD YOU DIDNT SCAM OR LIE TO GET WHAT YOU WANTED.......THANKS FOR LISTENING PEOPLE

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    • jaiden
      November 05, 2011
      jaiden
      November 05, 2011

      HI ALL im not sure about what state you guys live in but here in VA if you have medicaid they will pay for you to have gastric bypass surgery as long as you can prove that it is medically needed.It also has to be recommended by your pcp and you may have to do a 6month medically supervised diet to show you tried a diet. But the only way to get medicaid is to be unemployed or either pregnant.

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    • Jade
      December 01, 2011
      Jade
      December 01, 2011

      This was so inspiring. I am 288 pounds and have been struggling with my weight for quite a while now.  And you are right! anything is possible through Jesus Christ.

       

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    • Jade
      December 01, 2011
      Jade
      December 01, 2011

      This was so inspiring. I am 288 pounds and have been struggling with my weight for quite a while now.  And you are right! anything is possible through Jesus Christ.

       

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    • Dee
      Dee
      December 22, 2011
      Dee
      Dee
      December 22, 2011

      I agree, try peer reviewed articles, no one wants to read books with your personal opinions.

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    • CINDI
      February 06, 2012
      CINDI
      February 06, 2012

      BCBS WHAT A CROCK..I HAVE THIS INS AND MINE  EXCLUDED WITH 7 DRS. FIGHTING TO GET IT DONE FOR A DIABETIC PATIENT...IF YOU HAVE THIS INS DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME THEY ONLY WANT THEIR MONEY EACH MONTH.CINDI

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    • CINDI
      February 06, 2012
      CINDI
      February 06, 2012

      BCBS ONLY WANTS MONEY NOT TO HELP THE PEOPLE THEY INSURE

       

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    • BeccaCullen
      March 08, 2012
      BeccaCullen
      March 08, 2012

      Everyone says that about BCBS but I have them too and I know that they don't cover it for me on my policy. I've tried to no avail so it really doesn't matter the name of the insurance just matters the coverage from each individual plan.

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    • Cynthia
      March 28, 2012
      Cynthia
      March 28, 2012
      Hey what was your weight before the Surgry? My weight is 240 my height is 5 4. And I have insurance bcbs too but are their different ones they offered it at my husbands job but their were two of them we got the one that didn't cost a lot does it matter. READ MORE
    • Joy
      Joy
      April 14, 2012
      Joy
      Joy
      April 14, 2012

      I once had BCBS (open enrollment, which means they could not have denied me coverage at that time) individual insurance and they told me that would not cover Gastric Surgery and if I managed to get it on my own, if I ever had any complications in the future they would not cover it either.

      In order to try and get a better insurance company, I dropped my BCBS indiviual and went with another company which was a huge mistake. Now, I do not have any insurance and simply because I am 100 lbs. over weight I can not get insurance. I am self employed and my husband's work does not offer insurance. I have tried repeatedly to get coverage from several companies ame down due solely on my weight. So, please be very careful before anyone drops the coverage they have now. Just a friendly word of warning to all..... God Bless you all. It's a very harsh world out there for those of us that are over weight....

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    • Large and Incharge
      May 06, 2012
      Large and Incharge
      May 06, 2012

      http://www.bliscompany.com/ hope this helps if your still searching for help.

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    • Jas
      Jas
      May 10, 2012
      Jas
      Jas
      May 10, 2012

      There are different BCBS groups, Our insurance is with BCBS of IL, which is grouped with Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and they cover it.  BCBS of Kansas where I actually live will not cover this surgery.

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    • Sandra
      June 14, 2012
      Sandra
      June 14, 2012

      Hi,  my BMI is 71, still very health, but for how long, I lost 106lbs. and still need to lost 250 more, only 4'11 and near 400lbs. I havn't been date or gone out my home for 10yrs. Hate the way I looking, I need your help, and I dont know who to go to. I'm so scare of dying do to my weight. Help!!!!

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    • Kari
      June 21, 2012
      Kari
      June 21, 2012

      Dear Ashley d. I thought the same thing too, but I called my insurance carrierer and had a rep that was nice enough to tell me that "even thought your paperwork states ITS NOT A COVERED OPTION" that NO insurane can denie you coverage. To me obesity is a health issuse. Because remember with obesity comes diabetes, heart disease, lives disease plus many other diseases. So you tell me WHY wont insurance pay for it. They legally CAN NOT DENIE YOU FOR ANY SUGERY!!!! Call and talk to your insurance carrier. I spoke to like I people before I got the anwser I was looking for, and my main question was "OK you denie me for this surgery and I have a heart attach and die from being overweight. And I always get there name & a call back # just incase we get disconnected, but what I'm doing is documenting what she says and then I hang up and demaned to speak to a supervisor. I have had the procedure twice once with my stomach stapled (don't recommend)  and Gastric bypass (because the staples pulled away from my stomach and I had food leakiing into me,. But both of my insurance covereres said (in the paperwork) that bariactic surgery is not covered. The ONLY Insurance is will absolutely not cover is is Medicaid.  If you get a good enough Dr there office will appeal every which way they can to get you covered.  I also think it's hit and miss. Granted I would do it all over again if I could, the down side is that my suger spikes really low and all my labs dropped so when they tell you to take vitiamens DO IT !!! for it to come off faster WALK then onces you start to notice your getting smaller try jogging or running stairs. 5 flight for me, but I loved it!!!!! Don't let others persuade you NOT to do it. Unless that person being your Doctor and let them refer you to someone tbey would trust with there own body or family member. I was 326 lost 100lbs in about 6 to  8 months and had even gotten pregnant and lost weight. Just stay true and honest with your vitiamans and get a good support system too, Hey one happy meal ain't going to kill you but 100 will. And the reason I know all these things is because I've gone through it twice. 

      If you have any other types of questions Please dont hessitate to email me at kajns420@gmail.com. I get alot of trash email, it might take awhile for me to answer it. Once again I hope you have felt at least some of these things were helpful 

      Sincerely 

      Kari Jones 

       

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    • Kari
      June 21, 2012
      Kari
      June 21, 2012

      Wink it does now!!!!!!

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    • Kari
      June 21, 2012
      Kari
      June 21, 2012

      Wink it does now!!!!!!

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    • Kari
      June 21, 2012
      Kari
      June 21, 2012

      Wink it does now!!!!!!

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    • mrs bless
      August 21, 2012
      mrs bless
      August 21, 2012

      hi iam 28yrs   i need help with gastric bypass surgery i have no money no insurrance  i hate the way i look i want to be health for me  and my kids am scare of dying an liveing them with no mom.

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    • Alicia Thomas
      September 05, 2012
      Alicia Thomas
      September 05, 2012

      im a 43yr. old female who has been overweight all my growing up. im tried ,my body is tried. i need to free myself from obesity before its to late. im on the borderline hypertention, my heart is working overtime due to my obestiy. im raising my 7yr.old granddaughter due to loseing my daughter to cancer in 06. my grandbaby has no childhood she helps me with the house, cleaning and oh yes cooking at 7yrs. old. im not happy about it im disguished, sad in ashamed that i have taken her life. i want to give her back her childhood. im ready to release my self from this fatt suit. please help me to become a part of my granddaughter life, activity to be active at school,park, walking with her to school. i dont want my weight to be the death of me.. Sincerely, willing to take a stand...

       

       

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    • Melody Carter
      January 22, 2013
      Melody Carter
      January 22, 2013

      my name is melody my bmi is 43, I have high blood presure,high colestoral, borderline diabetes. I have new mexico medicaid that wont pay for the surgery and I have already been through the steps and cleared with mental health. I quit smoking 3 years ago. can some one help me ? I weight 270 pounds and done every thing to lose....

       

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    • Melody Carter
      January 22, 2013
      Melody Carter
      January 22, 2013

      I am a willing canidate for bariactric surgery. my name is melody I am 50 yrs old ands I live in N.M. and medicaid dont pay for the surgery. by bmi is 43. I have done my psyc eval and been cleared. I have doe my nutrition work. I have tried every thing to loose weight.I have been cleared by my heart doctor. I have sleep apnea and borderline diabetes.I have high blood presure and colestoral. I am your perfect subject because I have done all the work!! I will be waiting for you to respond I have my medical papers ready. thank you Melody Carter.Cool want to look good on that beach!!Cool

       

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    • aajai
      March 13, 2013
      aajai
      March 13, 2013

      Thanks Cindy for speaking up.  I am also physically limited and have difficulty losing weight.  Due to illness in 2009 I suddenly gained 120 lbs in 3months.  Now because of a painful chronic illness I am not able to move much...no chance of losing weight if you can't move.  I also tried 1000 cal a day lost 2 lbs in 3 weeks then gained it back while I was in the hospital not eating anything, not even liquids.  How is that even possible?  I have always been active and fit.  I never even realized how people with weight challenges were treated.  So thank you for your words.

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    • Goddess Newbold Haye
      May 22, 2013
      Goddess Newbold Haye
      May 22, 2013

      MY NAME IS GODDESS NEWBOLD HAYES AND MY BMI IS OVER 40. I AM A WILLING CANDIDATE FOR A FREE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY. I PERFER THE SLEEVE

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    • tinker
      October 21, 2013
      tinker
      October 21, 2013

      I have lost OVER 120 lbs two times in my life by the age of 22 and I feel tge same as you about not finding a man. My daughter is now 10 and I feel like I will never find my love because of my weight now again, I put weight on again by the way because of back problems. I don't feel happy with myself is why, it has nothing to do with men. If you truly want to find love you will, if you are happy with yourself. There are MANY of men out there that don't look at us the way we do upon ourselves. : ) stay possitive, if you are a good person, than you are beautiful no matter what.

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    • Monique Myles
      November 06, 2013
      Monique Myles
      November 06, 2013

      My name is Monique Myles i have been battling with weight loss for 32 years. Ive tried several of diets. Some seem to work but the weight never says off. and i gain 100pounds back on top of what i already weight.I never thought that i would be in a constant battle each day of my life in losding weight. At times i m.scared to.eat cause i think im going to gain several amount of pounds. im now at my heaviest weight ive ever been at. i truely need help.If i dont get hrlp.i feel.like im.digging a grave for myself.This is not how i want to spend my life. If giving the chance to.change my lufe. I would do what it takes to keep it that way.i know it wont be easy but i need help please.Im Toping almost 500 pounds.

       

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    • The HealthGal
      November 06, 2013
      The HealthGal
      Health Guide
      November 06, 2013

      I can hear how challenged and frustrated you are and your weight is certainly a significant health risk.  You sound like you might benefit from a support group like Overeaters Anonymous or a program like Weight Watchers, which has diet and support built into it.  I do not think you can solve this problem alone.

       

      I also think you may need to consider bariatirc surgery BUT you should get extensive counseling before hand to make sure that the surgery won't be "a waste" in the sense that if you can't modify your habits long term and solve the issues fueling your over-eating behavior, you will not have long term success.

       

      You might want to follow My Bariatric Life - a writer on this connection who has successfully lost weight and transformed her life.  Sometimes, you can draw strength and motivation from someone who has been in your shoes, so to speak, and conquered the disease.  she has been in "remission" for some time now and is quite inspirational.

       

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    • KCMikals
      January 31, 2014
      KCMikals
      January 31, 2014

      Not everything is about overeating...I cannot stand people who judge before asking appropriate questions almost as much as people who cannot spell correctly.  I am significantly over weight and its due to having polycystic ovary syndrome with insulin resistance.  Everything I eat is basically wrong and turns to sugar and is stored as fat.  So overeating does NOT account for everyone who questions a bariatric weight loss surgery.

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    • Shelly
      May 10, 2014
      Shelly
      May 10, 2014
      There are many programs BCBS offers. Your employer chooses which one and decides which waivers to add ( maternity, obesity, etc) if they don't add the obesity waiver, they will not cover! READ MORE
    • racal923
      July 27, 2014
      racal923
      July 27, 2014
      I'm a 41 year old mother of 3 sons. I've struggled with my weight after my hysterectomy. My current weight 268 lds. I have a 16 year old sons who's struggled with his weight all of his life his weight 278 lds. I'm afraid that being obese will kill my son at and early age. We both need help. My son has medicaid but I don't have any insurance. Please help us. To become healthier!!!! READ MORE
  • My Bariatric Life
    Health Guide
    August 07, 2011
    My Bariatric Life
    Health Guide
    October 06, 2008

    I have great news for all of the many readers of My Obesity Connection on HealthCentral who write us asking if there is a free gastric bypass surgery. Yes, Virginia, there is a free weight-loss surgery!

     

    Learn how to apply for the Alice Neff Grant in my sharepost, Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available! Applications are being accepted August 15th.

     

    Click on this link to read the Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available sharepost: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/142353/bariatric-weight.


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  • Terry24 October 09, 2008
    Terry24
    October 06, 2008

    I am interested in getting free surgery also. I have been wanting this for a very long time and my insurance will not cover it.

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    • Beentheregirl
      October 17, 2009
      Beentheregirl
      October 17, 2009

      You have to  be strong.  Do you have an Apron that hangs from your waist?  I did

      and I hung down past the thighs.  They found a hernia and so with that they were

      able to do the surgery - a pandectomy.  It is not a tummy tuck.  Look it up at

      Web Md.  You should see it there.

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  • Sungold October 13, 2008
    Sungold
    October 06, 2008

    I don't know your insurance situation, but here in New York must insurance companies & even Medicaid (welfare) will pay for the surgery if it is deemed medically necessary.  If you have other health problems related to obesity, that usually fulfills the "medically necessary" requirement.  They don't all get approved on the first try, sometimes you must be patient and resubmit more than once.  Some surgeon's office staff will help you with that process.

     

    Despite what an earlier poster said, you do not need to weigh 400 lbs. to have this surgery.  You must be at least 100 lbs. overweight, and be a good candidate for major surgery.  There will be many tests ordered by your surgeon before he will operate, and you will need to consider how you will pay for those if you are not insured.  My surgeon said he would probably not do this surgery on anyone over 70; other surgeons might have different limits.  You might want to see if there are any weight loss surgery support groups in your area (check with hospitals where the surgery is done), and attend a few of those meetings to gather more information.  Those folks can offer very valuable help & information.

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  • amber nichols July 24, 2009
    amber nichols
    October 06, 2008

    im have five kids im a signal mom this change mom life please help me

     

     

     

     

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  • christine444 May 18, 2009
    christine444
    October 06, 2008

    please help me i am 400plus pounds and i am going to die if i do not get this surgery...... please help me....

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  • tammy January 04, 2009
    tammy
    October 06, 2008

    is there a free gastric surgery that anyone will do  i am a willing candidate

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  • Helen October 21, 2008
    Helen
    October 06, 2008

    Had gastric bypass in 2001 I am still 100lbs over weight I want this gone.

    Can i have another operation to lose more i need help or can i get the lap band

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  • Beentheregirl October 10, 2008
    Beentheregirl
    October 06, 2008

    Sad to say, but no, there is no "Free" surgery.  However,  You can go Medicare

    & fight to get your case paid.  I saw 4 doctors and I have a large roll of fat

    called the "Pannus"  and I am having it surgically removed.   I am having it done

    next month.  You cannot go to Medicare until you have had the surgery.

     

    So,  I got 2 letters from the Doctors who have been taking care of me all this

    time, so that they know this condition can be taken care of with the surgery.

     

    I lost my weight (70 pounds) over a 2 year period.   I now have a roll that

    they call the "Apron"   And it is estimated that it weighs 30-40 pounds.

    It is a pain in the butt.

     

    As far as gastric bypass - you have to be extremely overweight - at least

    400 pounds or more to even be considered.  It is risky - my cousin had it

    and she developed bleeding ulcers - throwing up blood and got deathly sick.

    I cannot say anything about the Lap Band surgery.  But  my cousin has to

    take vitamin B daily and other stuff cause she can only eat so much or she

    throws it all up!  I will not live like that!   I like to eat.  I just ate the

    wrong things!   You have to be willing to give up all the junk food,  believe it

    or not, I gave up pop and the 1st month I lost 10 pounds!!  What a shock!

    I eat chocolate as a treat every so often as I can.  I depend upon God Almighty

    to help me stay within my limits.  And believe me, once you commit to Him -

    there is not any room to screw up!   The thing is you HAVE TO BE SERIOUS

    and have a plan.   If you are willing to try another way of eating I am very

    convinced you can loose the weight.   Smile

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    • Truth
      October 13, 2009
      Truth
      October 13, 2009

      I just read what you wrote to the public and I like what you had to say. My question to you is do you have a diet menu that you go by everyday or do you just take it day by day. I am a very active plus size woman as well and I know that my down fall is junk food it is my the devil for me. I have zero will power when it comes to that kind of food. So if you have any suggestion about how to kick the junk food habit please feel inlighten me. Please keep up the good work with your changing of eating habit and I hope you reach whatever goal you are striving for.

       

      Truth

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    • Beentheregirl
      October 17, 2009
      Beentheregirl
      October 17, 2009

      This is for Truth:

       

      Hi, I am going to tell you how this all began.  September 26, 2006.  I weighed 328 pounds.  I had swollen legs and a staph infection on the left one, which causes my leg

      to be a brown color.  With my milky white skin I hate it - sticks out.  I do not wear a

      thing but pants.  As I sat there crying - I would get visitors and "their" advice.  I choose not to listen.  I finally came home and  I cried for days, till I finally decided to

      give God a try.  I am a Christian & I should have went to Him in the 1st place.  Anyway,   I went to the park to talk to Him.  And I wrote down all the crap I had been

      eating.  Susie Q's?  the 2 cakes?  have over 600 grams of salt!  I ate 1 everyday and I

      was so full of water!  I had to get rid of it - now!  So I said there praying and I told

      God I had to change or die.  I love chocolate, chips & dips,  pastries, etc.  I finally

      told Him that if He would help me control my willpower and help me loose weight - I

      would do as He said.  I made a list of the foods.  To say the least I was shocked!  So

      I told Him that He (God) had to take over - I was weak, He is strong so I "gave it over"

      to Him.  My only request was that if I wanted chocolate - within reason I could have it.  and pop - I loved my coke.  Well - you can't go back on your word with God!  At

      1st things went ok - then all the stuff I craved?  I lost the craving!  I would eat what

      I wanted and true to His word, God made me sick on the food I craved.  I gave up alot.  chips & dip, ice cream, candy (I got the diarhrea!)  I really got sick and I told him that I would not whine if He kept me from getting too sick.  I stopped drinking coke after I drank it and it went down my throat and burned like fire!  with chocolate,

      I could have the bigger bars, but if God felt it was too much - I got the runs again!

      I gave up pop one month?  I lost 10 pounds!  I do not follow a diet, but I am learning

      to eat better.  I like fruit  For me, I can eat all the fruit I want & you have to follow

      your heart.  You know what to eat &  if you do not - go get a diet from your doctor -

      & go to God and ask Him what He thinks!  He will surprise you!  You will not want all

      that old crap anymore - your willingness to please God will carry you through it all!

      It has been 3 years now - I have lost 93 pounds and I have lost 10 pant sizes and

      top sizes as well.  I had to spend money to get some dress clothes and make sure they fit me!  (now I have a $800 bill at Catherines!)  But they have the best clothes!

      and if you get a sale?  You can make a killing!  God reminds you that your body is His

      Temple - you work with Him and He will work with you.  As far as my "Apron" the Pannus?  I had it cut off in February!  I no longer have the apron and my whole outlook

      is so different!  No more open sores, I sweat less,  I gave up salt.    God will give you

      a whole new way of eating.   I started out at 328 and now? 235 - 93 pounds.  So if

      anything I believe you can do it too!  No surgery untill your pannus hangs down below

      your thighs like mine did.  I also developed a hiatal hernia - that helped me get that

      15 pounds of extra fat off my waist.  It has been a new time in my life.  I feel pretty

      now instead of a fat pig.  You need to get rid of that fat around your middle -  I kept

      getting yeast infections in there and I had to wear cotton cloths in there to soak up

      the moisture.  It has NOT been easy - my surgery - are you ready?  Cost  $39,912.00!

      and I did NOT pay one cent on it - God took care of it.  You have to get out of your

      comfort zone.  Be strong. Do you really need all those chips? ice cream?  think about

      what you crave the most and go from there.  There is no "Free Surgery"  if you think

      man's thoughts.  The devil is a liar!  I was told if I went through gastric by pass surgery I would die on the table.   Choose Life!  Choose God!  He will be with you all

      the way.  If He can do it for me - he can do it for you!  By the way, my 1st goal is

      to loose 100 pounds.  Then God has told me I must go infront of the church and give

      my testimony.  My goal is to loose another 35 pounds - I will be 200 - I am tall, so I

      do not look my size.  But God tells us in the Scriptures that if we acknowledge Him

      before men, He will acknowledge me before His Father.  It is in the New Testament.

      I want to hear "I know you" at the last day and I stand before Him.

       

      So good luck, keep me up to speed. and may God bless you!   Smile    

       

       

       

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    • Truth
      October 19, 2009
      Truth
      October 19, 2009

      Hello Beentheregirl,

       Let me first say congradulation on your weight lossSmile I want to say thank you for the advice that you wrote to me. I am going to take the advice that you have given me and try GOD I to believe in the master and just as youself I should have went to him first, but I was trying to find a quit way to lose weight and if I stay true to me there is not quick way to lose weight. I will today take the tme and write down all the things that I eat and then I will go have a heart to heart with God and I will keep you up to date and tell you how it is going. Beenthere I know that I will fall weak at times so I am asking you to be my support system as well because I know that you have walked in my shoes. Starting weight 351lbs and couting down to a new me.

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

      I look forward to hearing from you and I will keep you up to date

      Truth

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    • Beentheregirl
      October 21, 2009
      Beentheregirl
      October 21, 2009

      Hello Truth.  It is me.  Been There Girl.  Got your message.

       

      Well, I am up to 93 pound loss.  I am sure I have lost more - I go

      to my Doctors tomorrow.

      I am pleased that your going to try Jesus.  I am convinced He will

      Help you....  My God Is Bigger Than My Weight!

      writing down the things you eat is a good thing.  Then you can see

      the days you may have had a treat and try and keep them in check

      so you continue to loose.  I had a hostess orange cakes tonight.

      Yum!   This was a stressful week - I found out I have a cataract

      in my left eye & have to have surgery.  I am so nervous!  They

      want to put a cheap lens in my eye - to have "the best" lens - but

      they cost $1,000 each!  And medicaid will NOT pay for it.

      So please pray for me to be able to obtain this new lens so I can

      see better and maybe loose my glasses!  Cool

       

      I too, tried everything else, but when I did go to God - at 328 lbs,

      I was at my wits end.  It always helps when we realize we all have

      walked in someone's shoes.  But I am glad the media allows us to

      find each other and stay in touch!  I will support you all I can.

      Just remember Paul - the Apostle - he had a thorn in his side that

      God would not remove, because God knew he had become "puffed

      up"  in the past.  That thorn kept him humble.  We all need to be

      humble before the Lord.  He will listen to a humble and contite

      heart.  I don't see myself as pretty and I have been corrected

      lately.  I still see the fat girl sometimes.  I need to have the money

      to buy some clothes - I wear what I have and it is not flattering.

      You can't take in Jeans - they tell me it is too hard to sew.

      I took my "fat clothes" to a consignment store and sold them.  I

      think Goodwill can stand to loose my business - I need the cash.

       

      You have made me smile tonight.  And please keep me informed.

      Been There Girl

       

       

       

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  • joneslemmons October 09, 2008
    joneslemmons
    October 06, 2008

    Hell naw

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  • IrishAuntEileen December 06, 2009
    IrishAuntEileen
    October 06, 2008

    I am 51.5 years old and almost 200 lbs over weight.  I had a verticle banded gastroplasty 20 years ago at 274 lbs.  I lost 107 lbs in a year and took 5 years to gain it back.  I have diabetes, severe hip, thigh and back pain.  I have experienced heart pain and have had three stents put in.  My carotid artery was found to be 60% blocked in November 2005.  I am depressed and stressed.  I take over a dozen prescription medicines including two types of injectable insulin.  I have 8 young neices and nephews who love me and I don't want them to go through the horror of losing their aunt.  My insurance will not cover any weight control surgery.  My cardiologist does not believe the Lap Band is for me.  I had to take nearly $10,000 from my 401k to pay over $8,000 in hospital and other medical bills this year.  Is there any financial assistance for some one like me?

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  • Alex Reyes September 22, 2009
    Alex Reyes
    October 06, 2008

    Hi, my name is Alex I'm 23 years old and I weight over 300 pounds and I work and have medical insurance but it does not pay for my surgery. The doctors in the past to me it was my throid glands but i dont eat at all and i'm so fat. Please can you help me.

     

    Thank you

     

    Alex Reyes

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  • cindi October 10, 2008
    cindi
    October 06, 2008

    AMEN    where do I sign up on that one?????Laughing

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  • stephen December 24, 2009
    stephen
    October 06, 2008

    I AM TELLING YOU ABOUT MY DAUGHTER SHE IS OVER WEIGHT ALOT!!

    IF SHE CAN'T GET GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY SHE WILL DIE SOON.

    SHE IS TWENTY FOUR YEARS YOUNG. SHE IS FIVE FOOT SIX AND

    SHE WEIGHTS FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS.CAN YOU HELP ME PLEASE!!!

     

     

     

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  • christina August 24, 2009
    christina
    October 06, 2008

    I have a bmi of 33.  I've tried many many diets, from Jenny Craig and so  on.  I want to stop this cycle,  I want to be able to run around and chase my new puppy and grandchild when they arrive.  I've moved back home to take care of my parents,  my father is on oxygen, and has the use of a wheelchair,  my mom 2 tine cancer surviver,  the last bout was colon,  she has good days and bad ones..  We make it work...  I want to have a better life........Key word is LIFE..   I know I would have to change my way of thinking and way of life that would include execerising and hust being active...  I'm so ready for a CHANGE..         Thank you for listening...

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  • christina August 24, 2009
    christina
    October 06, 2008

    yes,  lapbandLaughing

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  • amber nichols July 24, 2009
    amber nichols
    October 06, 2008

    i never had much money or not a lot of things please help me c or e-mail me at bad_news 26 @yahoo.com all me at 785 236-9394                                                            thank u amer nichols

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  • debbie June 27, 2009
    debbie
    October 06, 2008

    i will like to have the free gastric bypass im 17.11 and very unhappy i have ms and back prab so that will really help me so pleas3e let me me the one that you let have it please thankyou debbie

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  • fat teen June 23, 2009
    fat teen
    October 06, 2008

    HI, I really want to have the surgery because I am am a young teenager that weights 270 pounds and is afrade of dieing to early, and leving my 3year old brother and my 11 year old sister behind and my mom and step-dad because, we are going thru a really tough time already my grandmother is getting really old and sick and I try help her as much as I can.  Also my mom is about to get a nother devorce and I need to be there for her for my family every step of the way. so please help me get the gastric bypass surgery for free if you can thank you.

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  • nanniohio June 04, 2009
    nanniohio
    October 06, 2008

    Ya, me too. I would love to have this done. But no insurance and no money, but enough fat. I just can't do it on my own. The diet doesn't do it for me. Why not try it?

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    • ksplaya
      August 19, 2009
      ksplaya
      August 19, 2009

      i am a fat man too but come on people stop spending your money on food and maybe then you could afford to get the surgery, also try excersising , get off your lazy fat ass that's why your in that shapr in the first place so stop making excuses and do something about it

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    • ThreeD
      August 24, 2009
      ThreeD
      August 24, 2009

      I hate to break it to you jackass, but some people can't lose weight easily!  I know a few people who are overweight, but they can't lose any because of thyroid problems.  It has nothing to do with 'eating' or 'laziness'.  It doesn't matter if you exercise or eat healthy, having thyroid problems makes it VERY difficult to lose weight!  So, instead of being a douchebag, try saying something encouraging instead of talking out of your ass!  If you can't say anything nice, shut the fu*k up!

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    • ksplaya
      August 24, 2009
      ksplaya
      August 24, 2009
      Ya typical excuse from fat ppl, " thyroid ", if that's the case then Gastric Bypass will do nothing for you. Just admit that you're a lazy sluggard who would rather sit on the couch and stuff your face instead of working out. READ MORE
    • ThreeD
      August 24, 2009
      ThreeD
      August 24, 2009

      lmao  You are a fu*king dumbass!  lol  Do you even know what Gastric Bypass surgery is?  Gastric Bypass is a surgery that makes your stomach smaller, therefore allowing LESS food to enter it.  Did you read that?  Let me spell it out for you again:  L E S S!  Some people's thyroids keep them from gaining weight and others keep them from losing weight.  You can STILL lose the weight, but it takes longer, thus the reason to speed things up and have the surgery.  Do your research next time, genius!  Next time, at least TRY and post a legitimate argument.  Don't make it THIS easy!  As Bill Engval would say to YOU:  HERE'S YOUR SIGN! 

       

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    • ksplaya
      August 25, 2009
      ksplaya
      August 25, 2009

      Wow being fat and angry is a bad combination, don't you know that self control will also  allow less food from entering, if you go on the same diet as the people who have had gastric bypass surgery are put on, you will also lose the weight but most people want the easy, lazy way out. Seems to me like you're the one who needs to do some research. Losing weight is about making a complete lifestyle change not just get a surgery and sit on the couch watching the weight melt away. For many people being obese is a mental handicap not a physical one. Don't take my word for it just GOOGLE it and see for yourself sweetie. The argument i post is not based upon what i think but from personal experience and I know what it feels like to be stared at because of my size but i got off the couch and into the gym and changed my life. My mother has a thyroid condition which, if she let it rule her life, would make her very big but she controls what she eats therfore not letting it get the best of her.Best of luck in your weight loss goals and you should get help for your anger lif'e to short to blow up over words...

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    • ThreeD
      August 25, 2009
      ThreeD
      August 25, 2009

      lol When did I say I was fat? I never said I was, you said you was. I don't need surgery! If you would READ instead of jumping off at the mouth, you may have knew that. Also, I don't have anger problems. I just hate MORONS who have nothing better to do than to come on the Internet and talk about people. Like I said earlier, a lot of people have trouble losing weight due to thyroid problems. I know a few people who had difficulty GAINING weight due to thyroid problems as well as people who had difficulty LOSING weight.  Also, thyroid problems can also SWITCH; from making it difficult for someone to lose weight, and then later it will be difficult for someone to gain weight.  Maybe you should be the one googling.  Because, it is obvious that you know NOTHING about thyroid problems!  You are just like any other non-educated person, who wants to blame the individual for the problem.  Do you go around calling mentally challenged people 'retarded', just because they were born that way?  I am sure, in your eyes, that they are at fault too.  Right?  How about people with down-sydrome...  Is it their fault as well?  See, how this works?  Some things in life CANNOT be avoided.  Yes, some people in the world are lazy and eat a lot.  But, people with thyroid problems have it more difficult.  Ask your family doctor.  Because, it is obvious that you know NOTHING about it.  You never know, you may actually learn something.

       

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    • ksplaya
      August 25, 2009
      ksplaya
      August 25, 2009

      LMFAO no i don't have anything against retards lol and I had no idea i was chatting with an Einstien wannabe. I'm glad you make the world a better place. God Bless you Ms. Harvard educated lady.

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    • ksplaya
      August 25, 2009
      ksplaya
      August 25, 2009

      Thank you for the info also, yes i did learn a few things and there's no better way to learn than with argumentative corespondence, seriously I have learned a few things from you and one thing I know for sure is not to argue with a woman it's a no win situation. In all fairness though, I realize it's hard for alot of people to lose weight maam but seriously in America obesity is due to bad lifestyles and over eating you must admit, I know you're not so naive as to believe everyone has a thyroid problem...lol you SEEM smarter than that.

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    • ThreeD
      August 25, 2009
      ThreeD
      August 25, 2009

      First of all, I am not a woman. lol I don't know where you got that idea. Secondly, I never said that EVERYONE had thyroid problems.  I know a lot of people are just lazy.  But, there are a LOT of people that do have thyroid problems.  And, it can be extremely difficult to lose/gain weight, depending on what type of thyroid problem you have.

       

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    • Becky
      September 11, 2009
      Becky
      September 11, 2009

      I am 33 years old.  I am 5' 2-1/2" tall.  I weigh 370 lbs.  I have hypothyroidism (treated by levothyroxin).  I have sleep apnea (I use a CPAP).  I have a fibroid tumor.  I have arthritis in my lower back.  My blood pressure is great (118/79), my cholesterol is fine (195).  I do not have diabetes (blood glucose 90).  I am fairly active - I live in the country on a farm and take care of cattle, chickens, mow and weed eat the inner yard (that is about an acre) - with a push mower and hand held weed eater.  I like to go fishing and boating.  I work full time.  I clean house, do laundry.  Walk every day - probably an average of 2 hours per day between work related, farm related and leisure related exercise.

       

      I have literally tried everything.  I joined a hospital health club and did water aerobics as well as used some of their land machines (low impact as I have arthritis in my lower back).  I went to the health club and saw my physiologist everyday for 2 hours a day.  I saw a dietician once a month.  I provided her with spreadsheets on everything I ate on a daily basis.  The exercise physiologist said that I was one of her most dedicated patients.  The dietician said she'd never had a patient so throrough and so serious about losing weight.  I stuck with it - I cried, I hurt, I pushed through it.  In 5 months I lost 15 pounds.  In the 6th month I gained back 5 pounds - although nothing, absolutely nothing had changed. 

       

      The physiologist and dietician re-evaluated the situation, compared notes... they both recommended gastric bypass because they said for whatever reason my body is fighting itself.  No one seems to know why I don't seem to be able to lose weight - no matter what I do.

       

      I believe there are other people out there who are like me - I know I can't be a freak.  But yet - where's the help we need?  Tied up in insurance claims and a procedure that on average costs more than my car did brand new.

       

      But I guess the biggest dissapointment in all of this - and believe me there are many - are the people who say the things that you have been saying.  I have a documented case - documented by my pcp, ob/gyn, dietician, exercise physiologist.  All 4 have recommended I have gastric bypass surgery (which I can't afford). 

       

      As far as what I eat - I eat between 1200 - 1600 calories per day.  My body burns 2200 calories per day resting.  I exercise frequently, which medical experts I consulted (ie dietician, etc) have estimated burns 200 - 400 calories per day.  So all in all, I burn 2200 - 2600 calories on a given day.  I restrict on average 1000 calories every single day with my diet and exercise.  I do not sit on the couch all day long as I stated earlier in this thread. 

       

      So you tell me - what options does all of this leave me?  Oh, I know - you said it earlier - quit sitting on the couch and shoveling food in.  Or quit spending money on food and use it on gastric bypass.  Or go to the gym and lose weight the way you are.

       

      Well, I don't sit on the couch and shovel the food in.  It costs on average $22,000.00 in my state to get gastric bypass.  I don't spend that in a year on food - probably 2 or 3 years actually.  So I quit eating for that long?  I did go to a gym - one ran by a hospital and I was supervised by medical personnel. 

       

      And as I said before - I don't believe I am alone in this - I believe there are others like me.

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    • Naley
      January 16, 2010
      Naley
      January 16, 2010

      Becky it seems you have halted the arguement with your factual information. Thank you for sharing.

      While I haven't been to a doctor for my weight, I have changed my lifestyle drastically. I finally broke down and spent the money on a treadmill. For the past for months I have walked a hour every other day, I have given up soda (down from 2 a day) and I have cut out the junk. I weighed 245 pounds before I made these changes. 4 months later I weigh 247 pounds. My pants are tighter. I don't get it. I have an appointment with my doctor next week. I don't know what else to do.

      My entire life I have heard fat people just need to get off their lazy butts and exercise. I gained 30 pounds with each pregnancy, which is how I packed on the weight. Then I got depressed and lazy. I finally had enough and made those changes. I control my portions, I eat the right food. I sit next to my size zero sister who hasn't had a vegatable or exersized in ten years and wonder what the hell is going on. She lives off of chips, pizza, and soda. Everyday. She doesn't drink anything other than soda. She is literally a size zero. Meanwhile I am working my tush off and still gaining weight. They've tested me multiple times for thyroid problems, I don't have one. Their is no medical reason for me to be gaining weight.

      I don't know what else to do. We cannot afford the surgery and I have prayed until I am blue in the face. I have begged and pleaded with God to show me the way. I just don't know what else to do. And to the gentleman earlier, I did get off my fat lazy butt and stopped shoveling in the junk. Guess what, I gained two pounds so thanks for the advice.

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    • kesemichelle
      February 11, 2010
      kesemichelle
      February 11, 2010

      wow, this dudes a Douche bag. It doesnt make any sense whatsoever, to make fun or call someone else lazy, fat, etc. when your the exact same. get a hobby. if you dont want gastric bypass or anything to do with it, why the hell are you on this site? go finish watching your porn video loser.

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    • Malissa
      February 25, 2010
      Malissa
      February 25, 2010

      ok now i have gotten upset here your sitting there calling ppl all these names an judging ppl when you have no idea what most of us are going threw YES i understand that some ppl are just lazy and dont want to try they just want an easy way out  but most all of us that are here an talking about our problems with our weight if you read all of them like i have an am still doing now you will see that WE HAVE HEALTH ISSUES of some sort that is keeping us from doing everything we can to lose weight  we are not just sitting on our lazys butts as you say an stuffing our faces we are trying other thing but we cant lose the weight or if we lose the weight it come right back or you just get to a point where you body just stops losing weight ani no for a fact this happen i live in texas we haev a place here called quick weight lose center i lost 70 pounds in 4 months there but they tell you that not eating enough a day causes weight gain an you body goes into starveation mode and you gain weight not lose it also they tell you that if you have been at the same weight for a long time your body have a memory an you can start losing weight but once you get back to the weight you body remembers last that you have been at for so long you get stuck an cant get under that weight so please dont reply here on a site liek this one an talk to these ppl that you dont even no an start juding them becase like me i got hurt at work over a year ago at WORK my back is messed up pretty back if the injections i am tryting now do not work for me they are goingt o have to do surgery on my back so no i cant just JUMP UP AN RUNN 2 MILES anymore but i am doing the best i can we all are here but ppl like you are why we come to this site am talk to other ppl in the same shoes as we are because you make it look like we do NOTHING at all to lose weight

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    • Siji
      March 01, 2010
      Siji
      March 01, 2010

      AMAZING....as if we don't go through enough out in the "real" world... we have to get slammed by an idiot... I went through a deep depression after I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and put on about 70 lbs and then it just spiraled from there.. After 3 rounds of chemo and 25 spot treatments of radiation and 2 radiation surgeries I had no energy to excercise. Then the radiation totally fried my bladder so now along with the other problems I have due to the cancer I am extremely over weight ... So yes some are lazy and some over eat but I can honestly say that I would NEVER belittle someone because of that... All I can say is that I pray for his soul... sad very sad

       

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    • Glenda Tilley
      March 24, 2010
      Glenda Tilley
      March 24, 2010

      If you have no better sense than to call a person a retard, you should not be discussing anything anywhere. You obviously have no empathy for anyone whom you do not consider to be on your level. I am truly sorry for you  and will pray to God that nothing ever goes wrong in your life.  Shame on you.

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  • pamela devine October 09, 2008
    pamela devine
    October 06, 2008
  • robbin franklin May 02, 2010
    robbin franklin
    October 06, 2008

    I REALY NEED HELP.MY WEIGHT IS SO HEAVY ON MY BODY. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME.

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  • joajoa October 15, 2009
    joajoa
    October 06, 2008

    Were do I start. I 22 years old and I am living with obesity. I tell people that a love the way I am, but I don't. I wish I could walk a store and not have to walk all the way to the back to have to find my size. I wish I can walk down the street and have the boys look at me too and not only my skinny friends. I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me, trust me. I just want to look in the mirror and see the person I am on the inside. I'm a college student and I'm seeing what I can't do because of my size and it really hunts me. I'm young I want to feel young and do the things young people do. Like, travel, kiss boys, dance the night way at clubs, and even model or acted. My size tells me only skinny girls do that and I cant and I think its true. No one in a club wants to dance with the fat girl. I just want to have a chance to live a happy young life before it's too late for me. I don't want to die of obesity. I mean it's not like I don't work out. I play four spots (softball, volleyball, soccer and, basketball) and I lift weights. So, tell me why I'm 22 year old 5 feet 7 and 260. I don't know what else to do.    

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  • dattxgirl1978 October 13, 2009
    dattxgirl1978
    October 06, 2008

    I know how you feel! I am a 31 year old, single mother of one. I work a full time job and I do have health insurance! I pay $144 every two weeks for my coverage. I have always been a "big girl". Even as a child.  I have gone to three different doctors and they have all told me that my insurance will not cover the cost of the surgery. My BMI is 59. I see a dietican, which come out of my pocket, go to curves, and do exercise on a  regular basis. I have called my insurance company myself and have gotten turned down because my employer does not cover that surgery. Meanwhile, I am still doing the right thing by going to the doctors and curves, but not having all the money to spend on these things, my loans have become stacked up on each other. Now I am "stealing from Peter to pay Paul". I will die very soon if I can't get this weight off. My five year old son will be w/out his mother. I am very hard working, but just can't get the weight off. My doctor told me that he could do the surgery for $18,500 dollars. I can't even get a loan to pay for this. It hurts so bad to see people who don't even work getting the surgery. And where I keep a full time job and not on any state assitance and I have the insurance, but they will not pay for my life surgery. I have evvn tired getting insurance on side seperate from what I have from work, but when they find out my weight, they deny me. I tired the Alli diet, Atkins, and slim fast. I can't do certain things because I have a seizure disorder. Lord knows that I just want to be able to see my son walk across the stage. Or get married and have his own kids. My grandkids. If you know of anything else I can try please let me know. Thank you for your time.

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  • sweet pia September 26, 2009
    sweet pia
    October 06, 2008

    I am in so much need of this operation and of course I have no insurance . I see the desperation in peoples comment and it makes me feel so hopeless . There is no one who can help us / it is all about the Money .

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • christina August 24, 2009
    christina
    October 06, 2008

    yes,  lapbandLaughing

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  • koonsha August 10, 2009
    koonsha
    October 06, 2008

    i am a willing candidate

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  • BABY G August 07, 2009
    BABY G
    October 06, 2008

    I AM INTERESTED IN GETTING A FREE GASTRIC BYBASS SURGERY ,MY BMI IS 33.5 AND I AM READY TO START A NEW LIFE BY BEING SMALL LIKE I WAS AT ONE TIME ,I AM NOW 35 YEARS OLD AND WANT TO STAY HEALTH TO BE AROUND WHEN MY CHILDREN  FINISH SCHOOL,AND NOT FEELING BAD WHEN WE GO OUT THAT I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING THAT LOOKS NICE: LIKE A SWIM SUIT,AND NICE SHORT OUTFIT ECT. I DON'T HAVE INSURANCE AND NEED HELP. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT HOW MUCH I WOULD NEED TO PAY THE OTHER PORTION AND I AM PRETTY SURE THE WILL MAKE PAYMENT ARRANGEMENT WITH ME. PLEASE LET ME KNOW SOME MORE INFORMATION. THANK YOU

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  • smileychick April 20, 2009
    smileychick
    October 06, 2008

    If there are any free gastric bypass surgeries, SIGN ME UP. I'll do it.

    I'm 22 years old and I'm on the right track for an early heart attack. I've been the fat friend or the fat girl all of my life. I played softball and got teased everyday. I've been the fat girls for 22 years and now I dont wasn't to be that person anymore. I want to walk out of my house and feel okay. I dont want to hurry up get out of the stores because people are looking at me. I want to be normal. Because right now I'm abnormal and I feel like people are constantly looking and judging me. I hate going on my lunch break at work because I know that people are making fun of me and making jokes when I walk past them. I want a new life and it starts with this surgery. Will somebody please help me?  

     

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  • 951-490-4749 February 20, 2009
    951-490-4749
    October 06, 2008

    I WANT TO BE A CANDIATE FOR SURGECIAL WEIGHT LOSS I HAVE PROBLEM LOOSING WEIGHT IM 36 193 5'4 AND WANTTO GET DOWN TO AT LEAST A 7. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!

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  • ana124 April 19, 2010
    ana124
    October 06, 2008

    I am gool qualificant for a gastric bypass because i'm looking for a better health so i can live a long life for my 4 children. I am scared of not being there for my children all the time and I would like to make sure I'm there for them. Also I don't have insurance and I'm not able to cover for the surgery.

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  • Yvette Simpson April 12, 2010
    Yvette Simpson
    October 06, 2008

    Help! I am willing to be a candidate for "free" lapband surgery. I will be committed to advertise for you, and also encourage people to do surgery. I am desperate. Please!!!

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  • Denise March 24, 2010
    Denise
    October 06, 2008

    Why do this? There is a much better answer. I lost 84 pounds in 7 months and have kept it off for almost 2 years. I now coach people to lose weight the way I did.If you want help let me know takeshapetoday@gmail.com

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  • maria March 05, 2010
    maria
    October 06, 2008

    MY MAME IS MARIA, IM ASTAY AT HOME SINGLE MOM, I HAVE 4 CHILDREN AND IM OVER WEIGHT IT SEEMS THAT GETTING A GASTRIC BYPASS WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO LOOSE WAIGHT SINCE I HAVE A PROBLEM STICKING TO DIETS, BEING OVERWEIGHT ITS SAD, DEPRESSING, AND SOMETIMES I FELL LIKE I DONT EVEN HAVE A LIFE AND TO TOPPET OFF I CANT AFFORD A SURGERY, BUT FORTUNETLY YOURE HERE TO HELP, IT MIGHT NOT BE ME IT MIGHT BE SOMEONE ELSE BUT YOURE WIILING TO PROVIDE A FREE BYPASS AND THATS VERY KIND........                          

                            MARIA G

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  • Malissa February 25, 2010
    Malissa
    October 06, 2008

    My name is Malissa i am 26 years old i have a 2year old daughter and my BMI is 45.9 i do not have insurances anymore i was hurt at work over a 1 1/2 years ago i am still currently underworkers comp i have tried MANY MANY diets an i excersice ALOT i can lose some weight but it comes right back i dont have a problem with eating i maybe able to get 1 little half a meal in a day and now that i have gotten hurt at work i cant do anything at all so i am gaining more weight now since i am being told i cant go back to work every doctor i have seen has told me that i have to lose weight now or nothing they do will help me untill i lose the weight i have asked everyone since i am under workers comp an i understand that my weight did not happen at work buut now that i cant do ANYTHING AT ALL since i am hurt and i continue to gain weight can they help me with weight loss surgery an i never get a straight answere so can someone help me with the problem CAN WORKERS COMP HELP ME GET SURGERY if now it is affecting me getting better since i have continued to gain weight now due to not being able to do anything I AM WILLING TO DO ANYTHING OTHERWISE I AM JUST GOING TO GET WORSE I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE ANY INFORMATION

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  • Sabrina February 07, 2010
    Sabrina
    October 06, 2008

    Hello everyone...I am in the same boat 5'5 and 371 pounds. I have alot of problems and also do not want to die. So I did reasearch gastric bypass and lapband. I just wanted to let every one know  that there is finiancing for these sugeries even if you have bad credit...ask your family....If they care they will help..a few places are Credit Medical, Care Credit, Surgery Loans, and several others. I hope this helps and good luck on your journeys...Laughing Also if there is a doctor that will do free surgery....I am interested  also....So I dont have to ask my family but Since its unlikely that any doctor really cares...I wont get my hopes up and will continue with original plan...FINIANCING....

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  • Hue
    Hue
    October 22, 2009
    Hue
    Hue
    October 06, 2008

    Everybody out there needs to know that @ 15% of bariatric surgeries DO NOT WORK!  I am one of the unlucky 15%.  I now have no stomach and my health is horrible.  I don't digest food and have either terrible diarrhea or I have to throw up my food. I constantly have awful pains where my intestines are connected to my esophagus (can you even picture that?) which are unbearable and force me to the emergency room.  I haven't found anything that alleviates this. 

     

    I can't digest protein and my hair, for example, is horrible.  I colored it once and hunks of it fell out.  I tried to get a perm and all of my REAL color came out. There is another operation which can fix this - Biliopancreatic Diversion Bypass (BPD)- but it is ANOTHER $30,000 and insurance WILL NOT PAY.


    From: http://www.annecollins.com/health-dangers-of-gastric-bypass-surgery.htm

     

  • About 10-20 percent of patients undergoing stomach bypass require follow-up operations to correct complications, the most common complaints being abdominal hernias.
  • More than one-third of patients who have gastric bypass surgery develop gallstones.
  • Complication rates in the early post-operative period, such as infection, dehiscence, leaks from staple breakdown, stomal stenosis, ulcers and deep thrombo-phlebitis may be as high as ten percent or more. However, the combined risk of the most serious complications (gastrointestinal leak and deep venous thrombosis) is less than one per cent.
  • Over the long term, the health complications of gastric bypass may include a variety of conditions and problems. According to one 14-year follow-up study of stomach bypass patients, the morbidity rates were as follows: vitamin B12 deficiency (39.9 percent), incisional hernia, (23.9 percent), depression (23.7 percent), staple line failure (15 percent), gastritis ( 13.2 percent), cholecystitis (11.4 percent), anastomotic problems (9.8 percent), dehydration malnutrition (5.8 percent), dilated pouch (3.2 percent).
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  • DerDer October 19, 2009
    DerDer
    October 06, 2008

    I am a 30 year old man with 4 small children. I weigh approximately 450 pounds. I do not have health insurance and when I try to get assistance I get shut down. I almost had a stroke about 4 months ago and I am sure I have sleep apnea. I want to be around for my children they are all active in soccer.  I have tried to lose with no good results.  I want to get a better job but no one would hire me with this weight. Is there someone out there that could help me please I want to see my children grow up.

     

    Thank you for listening,

     

    Daryl

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  • GaGurl1970 October 08, 2009
    GaGurl1970
    October 06, 2008

    My name is Betty and i am 39 years old and i hav been struggling with my weight for over 10 yrs.I believe that if i dont get the surgery i am oing to die.i want to live and watch  my daughter walk down the isle....someone has to know an answer.we need help and someone should care enough to help us all with our surgery....who will help us.

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  • anna September 22, 2009
    anna
    October 06, 2008

    i realy need help to loss waight please help please i would do anything to go for this op please please.

     

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • latonia September 09, 2009
    latonia
    October 06, 2008

    I been trying to loss weight for 10 years I have no insurance at this time my weight is 285 lbs 5 ft. please call if there any assistance please call me 570-336-0632 

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  • janielle May 21, 2009
    janielle
    October 06, 2008

    yes

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  • Carmen Oppenheimer April 25, 2009
    Carmen Oppenheimer
    October 06, 2008

    Iam 370 pounds and I struggles while I am walking  feel that I smell and my self steem is down I wish I find somebody that help me with my problem I have 4 children and I like to go so many places with them but someties I feel that they don't want to go out with me cause they feel invaresing that people see them walking around me please help me out my number is 914-457-4463

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  • Anna April 18, 2009
    Anna
    October 06, 2008

    Can Anyone Hear me or help me please ...

     I am a 45 years old female that live in Suwanee,GA and have sleep Apneamhigh blood pressurem,I started exercising a and trying to watch what I eat I lost 21 lbs since October but just stopped lossing although I stll work out I really need help, sometimes in the middle of my work out I feel like I dizzy sometimes, I had a full hysterictomy 1/08  also stp smoking  before surgery ,smoke free 1 year and 4 months(I am blessed  and Thankful for that),I do not eat sugar and I do not add extra salt to my food,I need helpplease,My doctor has promised to help me for years at least 4 years and guess what excuses,but stop this stop that and you know what I have, but I am still Obesed and  hurting inside,I work I have Insurance but  I have no savings to get the surgery Help,help... I can not take this any more,I want to have the Gatric Bypass surgery.I will always work out and take care of my self....

     

    Anna Creasey Cry

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    • jamknight
      August 21, 2009
      jamknight
      August 21, 2009

      Anna,

       

      If your doctor is not listening to you, you need to get another doctor. You didn't say how much you weigh but I would suggest that you look at a lap band before the gastric bypass. I am a nurse and have worked for health insurance companies for many years. I have seen many very very ill people from gastic bypass. There are potential for so many problems. The lap band is less drastic change in your anatomy. You must be willing and dedicated to lifestyle changes in order for it to be effective. You will ALWAYS AND FOREVER have to eat small portions and healthy food. If you do not you can increase the size of the pouch and regain the weight. If you have insurance and you get approval for the surgery, you may not need savings to pay for your surgery. You need to discuss this with a bariatric surgery specialist in your area.

      Jam Knight

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    • Beentheregirl
      October 17, 2009
      Beentheregirl
      October 17, 2009

      You may want to read what I told Truth in these posts.  See, the thing is most insurance companies think this is cosmetic surgery.  Your Doctor has to jump in and

      tell them that you have a legitimate health issue and you NEED this surgery.

       

      I had a pandectomy and that is that big Apron of fat around your abdomen.  I also had

      a hernia.  That helped me cause they had to correct it.   It would say after 4 yrs.

      its time to loose this Dr.  - he is stalling you.  Do all you can -  give up the junk food

      and live a healthy diet.  That's all there is.  If you do not have doctors on board -

      go for a consultation.

       

      Trust God to help you and He will.

       

      Blessings.   Laughing

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  • anita June 23, 2010
    anita
    October 06, 2008

    hi my name is anita i am thirty is there any hely out there i weight 325 pounds if i lost two hundred pounds i could run in the yard and play with my girls

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  • florentino monroe May 31, 2010
    florentino monroe
    October 06, 2008

    my name is florentino monroe i live in las vegas nv my weight is 370 lbs and i have 41 years old i interesting for make surgery bypass

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  • Joyce Gyles May 06, 2010
    Joyce Gyles
    October 06, 2008

    My name is Joyce I weigh 315 pounds and am 5`6. I have spent my whole life taking care of others now at only 59, I can`t take care of myself. I have no money, but would be greatful to help a teaching hospital by being part of the teaching process. Please help me as my life is pretty much over at this point. I can`t go shopping or take care of grandchildren or cook a meal without being in pain. I`m a very strong person, but I just can`t seem to lose this weight. I`ve pretty much tried everything. I want to do so many things yet in life. I`d love to go on missions to help people in desasters. Right now my life is a desaster because everything I love is to hard for me to do. Please let me help you while you give me back my life.

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    • Big Nana
      May 07, 2010
      Big Nana
      May 07, 2010

      Hi Joyce....Have you read all of the comments on this?  My name is under BigNana or maybe Big Bertha and I have explained everything that I know of to get help with the LapBand.  If you need any more information just let me know and I'll be more specific if you can't find the answer in my questions and answers, ok? 

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    • kjvmomma
      June 02, 2010
      kjvmomma
      June 02, 2010

      My BMI is 70, I have no insurance of any kind. I fear I have osteoarthritis in my left knee, my heels hurt every time I walk, and I weigh 420 pounds(5 ft 5 in tall). I am only 28 years old but I don't work outside the home. Walking for 20 minutes nearly kills me. I have tried weightloss patches, pills, diuretics, low fat, sugar-free, Atkins(lost 50 pounds with this nearly a decade ago), I have counted calories till I felt like I was going mad and became afraid to eat much of anything. Even still I will only eat about twice a day. I've tried laxatives, Slim Fast and Healthy Choice.

      I guess because I don't have any insurance or funds I am suppose to suffer with this weight. I can't believe that there is such a thing as FREE gastric bypass surgery unless you have insurance that will cover it all. Guess I'm not a great candidate for it yet again.

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  • uzra April 16, 2010
    uzra
    October 06, 2008

    i wll kill my self

    if i m not going  free surgery

    i have no many no insurance

    i dont ha

    ve to live like that

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  • Some one in need April 05, 2010
    Some one in need
    October 06, 2008

    I am a 35 year old female. "I gained most of my weight after having five children."I can'nt afford health Ins. because I do'nt have a job.My back and legs hurt too bad to stand up on one!It seems that everything active bothers me. 

        

                                  "Please help"!

                                Sincerly,Some one in need!

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  • babidoll2290 March 02, 2010
    babidoll2290
    October 06, 2008

    I am so upset with my body n wish to get smaller iv tried everything,it just doesnt seem to work i am 19 years old n i feel like life is already over for me so i would love if someone could help me get this taken care of i dont have the money for one n neither do my parents.If u could please help me 

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  • countrygal February 04, 2010
    countrygal
    October 06, 2008

    My name is Vickie, my BMI 51.7, I to am trying to find a way to have surgery. I have two jobs niether one offers insurance. I call to inquire about insurance on my own and I am told I am at risk. (DENIED). Who are they to tell me I am a risk. They are not doctors but they think they are. I have fought this weight most of my adult life. Is there HELP out there? If it is please let ppl know. 

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  • kimbreyah January 26, 2010
    kimbreyah
    October 06, 2008

    if ther is a free surgery i am very willing i am so tired of being fat and lonely and so depressed all the time. i never have energy or enough breath to do anything very long

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  • Linda Grace August 26, 2010
    Linda Grace
    October 06, 2008

    If you find someone to do the surgery please let me know. I am so in need , but not financialy able

                                           Thank you Lynn in Tx

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  • Linda Grace August 26, 2010
    Linda Grace
    October 06, 2008

    I am so willing to do the surgery and follow any rules for after the surgery. My mind is strong but my body is heavy. Is there anyone out there that will help a woman out that has little money. And no energy because of weight.

     

                                                                       lynn  Texas

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  • Sequalia Essex123456 August 09, 2010
    Sequalia Essex123456
    October 06, 2008

    Hi my name is Sequalia D. Essex and ever since I had my two kids I been desperately trying to loose weight. I'm tried of looking in the mirror and seening a fat pig. I can't take it no more, I need help I'm tried PLEASE HELP ME. I don't want to do surgery I just want to loose weight reguarly. The only thing is I can't afford to loose weight like money wise I don't have the money. Is there any programs that can help me loose weight for free.

     

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  • vicky l boykin June 28, 2010
    vicky l boykin
    October 06, 2008

    I am a 37 year old female. I have tried everything from a to z and I am getting no where I am on a diet and been on everyone you can name. I am 398 pounds. I can say I been fighting this for years. I can`t get help, I have tried . my husband has stayed on the phone everyday for 6 years with people that don`t care for u they just want that money.. I have 4 doctors that say i will die within 5 more years if I don`t get surgery cause i have tried everything I can. I am not able to walk far cause of my weight. I have 4 disk in my back that's messed up. I am on a c-pap at night cause I stop breathing.. I have realized there's no help for people like me. I have turned it all over to God. I have made my peace with him. I will be home with him very soon. Good luck to everyone out there I hope the best for u all...

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  • lindsay June 06, 2010
    lindsay
    October 06, 2008

    it's not free, but while i was wokring in Jew jersey i met a doctor; dr jean baptise, and if your insurace doesn't pay, he only charges $14,000 compared to the 26-30,000$$$

    i had mine done june of last year (the day mike jackson died) i remember aa nurse coming in all upset and i was upset bc i was in pain adn was like give me some meds lady lol

    anways.  im down 130lbs and doing great.  i think he has a website.  very nice man

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  • ladysouthafrican July 11, 2010
    ladysouthafrican
    October 06, 2008

    Hello All,

     

    Im a white south african female 52 . I also need and want to have a gastric

    by pass surgery for weight loss. Here in south african no medical insurance

    are willing to pay for this operation . But we do have doctors doing the operation

    and its cheaper than america so maybe u could look into it .

     

    I could estimate in usa dollars for the operation only 14 thousand dollars.

    U would to get a ticket to johannesburg and accomadation prices are not

    to bad. If u are interested i could get u doctors names and numbers and websites.

     

    Im busy saving to do it for myself, its a high amount in my currency but its

    much less than what i see that is charged in the usa.

     

    Warm regards,

    Best wishes,

    God bless ,

    Vee

    cutefemale45@yahoo.com

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  • michelle tosh September 30, 2010
    michelle tosh
    October 06, 2008

    Hi my name is Michelle Tosh.. I think i would be a good candidate because i am out going and this would help me out... i have a BMI of 50 and i am only 20 years old. i still have a hole life in front of me. IM in college and i would love to in sports and everything else. This will help me throw thing in life that other things cant do. I think this will make me feel better about my self.

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  • please pick me November 21, 2010
    please pick me
    October 06, 2008

    hi my name is tasha and i am willing to be a candidate for the surgery i and ready and willing my bmi is under 40 and i have no insurance coverage and i really need this to be done i have been in depressed mode for awhile and i ready t join the real world noe instead of gaining weight thanks and hope you really take me a great opportunity and chance

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  • tawsha November 12, 2010
    tawsha
    October 06, 2008

    my body mass is over 30 im 26 years old never had aboyfriend or been on a date im afarid i wont ever get to experience on unless i loose wieght and i am wiling to be a candidate to do this free bypass surgery it wuld help me so much it wuld make my day and my life more happier than it has ever been so i hope you look at this request and consider me a candidate for this surgery

     

     

    Thank You

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  • Namaste August 18, 2012
    Namaste
    October 06, 2008

    Actually I have been in the billing and collections field of medical insurance for 22 years, I also worked for a speciality hospital for five years that specialized in bariatric surgery....Any insurance with any exclusions can be overturned with the right medical documentation. the key is the Diagnosis code (ICD-9)...if it is obesity, they will not cover it, however if the doctors use codes like diabetesII or hypertension uncontrolled, or 50 others the insurance has to deem the surgery medically nessc. and have to cover it. Tests such as sleep studies, bloodwork and psychological testing may be nessc but the end result would be worth it. Iam now a stiudent working on my masters and have only my husbamds ins. But I have gotten coverage through medicaid and will be attempting the process of getting this surgery next spring...good luck to you all and remember that if you are determined you can change anything you wish

     

    Namaste

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  • Karen<3 July 30, 2012
    Karen<3
    October 06, 2008

    Hi, I have no Ideamy bmi but i'm like 230 ish and I really need this surgery because i am only 17 and want tolive a happy healthy life I try excercising and eating right and the weight just won't come off :( help pleaseFrown

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  • missc April 20, 2012
    missc
    October 06, 2008

    I have a family member who obese but no insurance. I have been researching a way for him to get free surgery, if any, and found that there are open clinical trials for various types of lap band and gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgeries. Some of them do require you to have insurance or pay for it yourself (it will tell you in the description or "Purpose" section of the info), but there are many that do not require any payment. Some of the trials listed are in other countries, but you can click on "refine search" and type in your state and/or any state you would be able to travel to for surgery and appointments, so that the long list of available trials will be narrowed. The first site I used was http://www.yourbariatricsurgeryguide.com/trials/

    you scroll down a bit on the first page to see listing of trials, or just go directly to clinicaltrials.gov and search for bariatric.

    If you are not eligible for a trial but could afford monthly payments, it appears there are financing options available as well. You do that thru the bariatric surgeon or thru a private medical finance company.

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    • My Bariatric Life
      April 22, 2012
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      April 22, 2012

      Thanks you for sharing this with the community. I've looked through the trials and it is good to see a lot of reasearch going on in this area. - MBL

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  • Big Nana December 19, 2010
    Big Nana
    October 06, 2008

    I am a 27 year old mother of 3 girls and have been aver weight my whole life. I am so sad everyday. I go to sleep and wake up everyday trying to not look at myself in the mirror. I am also so scared cause diabites runs on my family and I dont want to live my life being sick like my mom:( She is over weight herself and is battling everyday to keep her sugar low. I have never been able to go in a store and buy a shirt or pant that I didnt have to try on. When I sit down I feel all my fat in my chest and I feel like I am being suffercated so I have to lein back in my chair to breath.

     

     Please I need help I am to the point where it isn't getting any better and I have tried all the diets in the world and nothing works. I just want to be able to walk and not feel tired and get on rides with my kids without them having to say I can't get on that ride. My girls are my life and I want to live to see them grow and at the rate I am going now I might not be able to do just that.

     

     

    Again please I need help.

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  • Darla February 14, 2014
    Darla
    October 06, 2008
  • BJA
    BJA
    January 02, 2013
    BJA
    BJA
    October 06, 2008

    I truly wish I could help you. I am in the same need. I am 5'5 and have a bmi 35.6. I would give anything to have the gastric band done. Obesity is terrible. Until you have the problem people do not understand how horrible it is to be made fun of and talked about let alone your health going down hill. Borderline diabetic and high blood pressure. My whole family is obese on both sides. It is actually very sad.

    I pray that one day for a miracle. I am so ready. But our God is great so all you out there just keep praying! He is with us and knows our needs.

    God Bless you all!

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  • reverend_mother April 09, 2012
    reverend_mother
    October 06, 2008

    mine is 45.7 but im a seizure patient and being big causes me to over heat and triggers my seisures. with in the last 2 yrs ive had them almost every other day or usually up to 5 -7 where i chew my mouth raw. 

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  • reverend_mother April 09, 2012
    reverend_mother
    October 06, 2008

    mine is 45.7 but im a seizure patient and being big causes me to over heat and triggers my seisures. with in the last 2 yrs ive had them almost every other day or usually up to 5 -7 where i chew my mouth raw. 

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  • Lynda Settine February 07, 2012
    Lynda Settine
    October 06, 2008

    If there is a way to get the surgery for free i would love to do it, I am not sure if my insurance will pay  for it, i heard most insurance will not i would love to know a way to get the surgery and loss weight.i am having a hard time,with lossing weight and i don't know what to do so i really would love to know if i can get it for free, please let me know.  Thanks so much.

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  • Cinderlily December 24, 2011
    Cinderlily
    October 06, 2008

    Hello,

       I myself have been obese my whole life. I am 22 years old, 5'2 and my BMI is in the mid to high 30s. It is true that some people can lose weight on there own by eating healthy and exercising, but many obese people have health issues as well as weight issues. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 16 years old. I have tried dieting and exercise and can not lose the weight. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance in the body that causes many problems. One of the problems is that my metabolism does not work right. My ob/gyn had put me on metformin-which is a diabetic medication, but also helps with women who have PCOS- and even being on this medication, as well as a 1200-1500 calories a day diet, and exercising I am unable to loss the weight. I have been researching the gastric bypass surgery and am thinking about having it done out of pocket. Some people need the extra push to help them lose the weight. Good luck to all of you and I wish you the best. Smile

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  • 360 Global Health December 15, 2011
    360 Global Health
    October 06, 2008

    I work for a medical travel company that specializes in affordable bariatric and weight loss procedures.  We work with uninsured or underinsured individuals that need weight loss surgery and we also work with individuals' employers.  A lot of time employers will pay 100% for you to have your surgery abroad because it saves them so much money.  There are safe and affordable options out there. When I first got started in medical travel, I was absolutely blown away by the quality of care in these international hospitals.  Everyone thinks that America has the best healthcare but they don't realize that healthcare overseas is high quality and reasonably priced. You can send me an email (wbaker@360globalhealth.com) if you want more information or you can visit my site, www.360globalhealth.com

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  • 360 Global Health December 15, 2011
    360 Global Health
    October 06, 2008

    I work for a medical travel company that specializes in affordable bariatric and weight loss procedures.  We work with uninsured or underinsured individuals that need weight loss surgery and we also work with individuals' employers.  A lot of time employers will pay 100% for you to have your surgery abroad because it saves them so much money.  There are safe and affordable options out there. When I first got started in medical travel, I was absolutely blown away by the quality of care in these international hospitals.  Everyone thinks that America has the best healthcare but they don't realize that healthcare overseas is high quality and reasonably priced. You can send me an email (wbaker@360globalhealth.com) if you want more information or you can visit my site, www.360globalhealth.com

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  • 360 Global Health December 15, 2011
    360 Global Health
    October 06, 2008

    I work for a medical travel company that specializes in affordable bariatric and weight loss procedures.  We work with uninusred or underinsured individuals that need weight loss surgery and we also work with individual's employers.  A lot of time employers will pay 100% for you to have your surgery abroad because it saves them so much money.  There are safe and affordable options out there. When I first got started in medical travel, I was absolutely blown away by the quality of care in these international hospitals.  Everyone thinks that America has the best healthcare but they don't realize that healthcare overseas is high quality and reasonably priced. You can send me an email (wbaker@360globalhealth.com) if you want more information or you can visit my site, www.360globalhealth.com

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  • 360 Global Health December 15, 2011
    360 Global Health
    October 06, 2008

    I work for a medical travel company that specializes in affordable bariatric and weight loss procedures.  We work with uninusred or underinsured individuals that need weight loss surgery and we also work with individual's employers.  A lot of time employers will pay 100% for you to have your surgery abroad because it saves them so much money.  There are safe and affordable options out there. When I first got started in medical travel, I was absolutely blown away by the quality of care in these international hospitals.  Everyone thinks that America has the best healthcare but they don't realize that healthcare overseas is high quality and reasonably priced. You can send me an email (wbaker@360globalhealth.com) if you want more information or you can visit my site, www.360globalhealth.com

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  • HEDGA November 16, 2011
    HEDGA
    October 06, 2008

    I HAVE TO DO A GASTRO TEST HAVE NO MONEY AND NO INSURANCE

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  • peaches79 November 14, 2011
    peaches79
    October 06, 2008

    yes i need the help..

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  • HORTENSE PREWITT October 25, 2011
    HORTENSE PREWITT
    October 06, 2008

    NO I DON'T BELIEVE THERE IS A PLACE THAT GIVE'S PEOPLE FREE SURGERY BECAUSE I'VE TRIED ALL TYPES OR RESEARCH THEY DON'T WANT PEOPLE ON MEDCAID TO GET ANY TYPE OF SURGERY THAT WILL HELP U THEY WOULD RATHER U BY ALL TYPES OF MED'S UNTIL U JUST GIVE UP AND DIE THE STATE OF ALABAMA IS A SAD CASE

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    • My Bariatric Life
      December 22, 2011
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      December 22, 2011

      This is the most commonly asked question on HealthCentral Obesity site. Yes, there is one free weight-loss surgery grant of which I am aware. Learn how to apply for the Alice Neff Grant in my sharepost, Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available! 

       

      The grant has already been given for 2011. But you may apply in 2012 when the grant application period opens, usually in August. Click on this link to read the Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available sharepost: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/142353/bariatric-weight

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  • patricia September 18, 2011
    patricia
    October 06, 2008

    I'm A 44 yr old woman that is Disabled,had severl surgeries,heavy,hips,back,going to pain management,nerve problems,left leg,can't walk no more 200 feet screw's in the foot.i used to weigh 150 200 had 3 children and very abused so thats part of my weight know i weigh 355.04tried weight watchers,slim fast,hydroxycut,water pill's yea i loos 4-5 lbs but after awhile i can't feel like im in another world.I recieve ssd money Insurance is medicare/medicade no 1 wants to take that so is there any help out there please let me know seminar/meetings tough really need help here I eat a small portion of meats and potatoes I get migrains too so please help me monthly income is 748.00 month

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    • jaiden
      November 05, 2011
      jaiden
      November 05, 2011

      Hi patricia what state do you live in...because here in va medicaid will pay for your surgery.

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    • My Bariatric Life
      December 22, 2011
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      December 22, 2011

      This is the most commonly asked question on HealthCentral Obesity site. Yes, there is one free weight-loss surgery grant of which I am aware. Learn how to apply for the Alice Neff Grant in my sharepost, Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available! 

       

      The grant has already been given for 2011. But you may apply in 2012 when the grant application period opens, usually in August. Click on this link to read the Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available sharepost: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/142353/bariatric-weight

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  • Tyrus Dorsey July 28, 2011
    Tyrus Dorsey
    October 06, 2008

    Hi my name is Tyrus iam 33 iam 498lb 6ft have tryed every diet there is I have insurance that will not pay for it iam willing to pay for any airfare to get to your office.I have been turn down jobs becouse of the size

     

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    • My Bariatric Life
      July 29, 2011
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      July 29, 2011

      There is no such thing as free gastric bypass surgery. Please read the posts above for information on petitioning your insurance, getting Medicare, or financing your surgery.

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    • My Bariatric Life
      August 07, 2011
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      August 07, 2011

      I have great news for all of the many readers of My Obesity Connection on HealthCentral who write us asking if there is a free gastric bypass surgery. Yes, Tyrus, there is a free weight-loss surgery!

       

      Learn how to apply for the Alice Neff Grant in my sharepost, Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available! Applications are being accepted August 15th.

       

      Click on this link to read the Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available sharepost: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/142353/bariatric-weight.

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  • Tyrus Dorsey July 28, 2011
    Tyrus Dorsey
    October 06, 2008

    Hi my name is Tyrus iam 33 iam 498lb 6ft have tryed every diet there is I have insurance that will not pay for it iam willing to pay for any airfare to get to your office.I have been turn down jobs becouse of the size

     

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  • Rosemarie Agosto July 07, 2011
    Rosemarie Agosto
    October 06, 2008

    Im a 49 years old lady that has been all her life sufuring from obesity, i'm always in pain and i don't want to die in early age,i have kids and grandkids and i want to do more and i can't beacause of my weight problem i don't have the energy to do much,my weight is killing me! I want to live life to the fullest and i really need help know,not tomorrow,please help me i don't have any medical insurance ,just because i can't work beacuse of this weight!!!! please help me.Cry

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    • My Bariatric Life
      July 12, 2011
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      July 12, 2011

      Under Medicaid, obesity surgery is one of the Nationally Covered Indications for patients who it is determined medically-necessary.


      From the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual:

       

      Effective for services performed on and after February 21, 2006, Open and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP), open and laparoscopic Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS), and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) are covered for Medicare beneficiaries who have a body-mass index > 35, have at least one co-morbidity related to obesity, and have been previously unsuccessful with medical treatment for obesity.

       

      These procedures are only covered when performed at facilities that are:

      (1) certified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Bariatric Surgery
      Center (program standards and requirements in effect on February 15, 2006); or (2) certified by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (program standards and requirements in effect on February 15, 2006).


      Effective for services performed on and after February 12, 2009, the Centers for
      Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) determines that Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a comorbidity for purposes of this NCD.


      A list of approved facilities and their approval dates are listed and maintained on the CMS Coverage Web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/center/coverage.asp, and published in the Federal Register. 

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    • My Bariatric Life
      August 07, 2011
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      August 07, 2011

      I have great news for all of the many readers of My Obesity Connection on HealthCentral who write us asking if there is a free gastric bypass surgery. Yes, Rosemarie, there is a free weight-loss surgery!

       

      Learn how to apply for the Alice Neff Grant in my sharepost, Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available! Applications are being accepted August 15th.

       

      Click on this link to read the Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available sharepost: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/142353/bariatric-weight.

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  • lela wrenn July 02, 2011
    lela wrenn
    October 06, 2008

    is there free lap band or gastric bypass in la or ms.i am 21 years old and weigh about 400 lbs and have no insurance

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    • My Bariatric Life
      July 12, 2011
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      July 12, 2011

      You may qualify for medicaid (see my post below). If not, there are medical loans and you can make payments over time just like car payments. They are tax deductible. The surgeons office should be able to help you arrange financing.

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    • My Bariatric Life
      August 07, 2011
      My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      August 07, 2011

      I have great news for all of the many readers of My Obesity Connection on HealthCentral who write us asking if there is a free gastric bypass surgery. Yes, Les, there is a free weight-loss surgery!

       

      Learn how to apply for the Alice Neff Grant in my sharepost, Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available! Applications are being accepted August 15th.

       

      Click on this link to read the Free Weight-Loss Surgery Grant Now Available sharepost: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/142353/bariatric-weight.

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  • shirley May 14, 2011
    shirley
    October 06, 2008

    i am very sick and my insurance still wont pay for it even after all whos did my test said i need to get gastric bypass if u do hear anything let me know

     please

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  • shirley May 14, 2011
    shirley
    October 06, 2008

    hi my name is shirley when u get info please let me know i am very sick with dieabetes and sever sleep apnea and 2nd copd and my insurance still wont pay so if u hear of any thing let me know

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  • DiabeticLass March 21, 2011
    DiabeticLass
    October 06, 2008

    My name is Tiffany. I too am without insurance and when I did have it they would never pay for gastric bypass.  So Im currently trying fundraise the money to have surgery. Maybe you could do this too.  Paypal has a way to fundraise with your paypal account. Maybe if we all helpo each other out we could get the surgery we all so desperatley need.

     

    I weigh 280 have a bmi of 50 and have health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, tendonitis, vasculitis, gastritis, thyroid problems. I eat healthy I try to exercise but the tendonitis in both feet make this impossible.

     

    Im so desperate that Im willing to try anything. And if that means I have to fundraise and take loans I will do that.

     

    Please look at my website and read my story. Any help would be so greatly appreciated. Every dollar raised puts me $1 dollar closer to my surgery.

     

    Thank you

    Tiffany

     

    http://tiffanysjourney.bbnow.org

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  • ANGELWALTON March 17, 2011
    ANGELWALTON
    October 06, 2008

    FAMILY ON FATHER SIDE I VERY OBESITY, I NEED TO MAKE A DIFFERNT, I'M 39 WEIGHT OVER 400 POUNDS. LIFE IS VERY HEARD. MY FATHER DIED OF OBESITY TEN YEARS A GO, I DON'T WONT TO GO DOWN THE SAME LINE THAT MY FAMILY IS GOING DOWN. LIFE IS SO INMORTENT TO ME, I WONT TO GET MARRIED AND HAVE ATLESS ONE CHILD FOR MY GOD AND MAKE A VERY SPAICAL MAN HELP

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  • Christy W. February 12, 2011
    Christy W.
    October 06, 2008

    I am a 33 year old female and I have tried all diets and I do walk and walk and I move all the time. the weight is starting to get to where I am wore down and cant seem to hold it anymore. My husband has tried to help me and I have seen MHMR for help in the mental status. I will tell you all they want to do is put you on a med that will cover the emotion you might have. I tell you I have searched all over for help from anyone but I tell you I have found not luck in side the states. I have found 4 or 5 doctors out side the state that are willing to help. I am sorry I just cant seem to find myself going to get that help and come home and be all messed up worst than I am now. I also work and my job does not offer any insurance so that leaves me out of that. I cant afford to get it either. I have wrote to talk shows I have contacted I ended doctors and I have contacted all the hospitals that are on TLC that say they are all there to help. Well, I am still fat and in still need of help. I cant even get to a doctor visit with out going to the ER. I totally understand how you all feel. It is nothing to get upset about though. It hurts me too but I can only do what I can. We all have to P.U.S.H. (Pray until something happens). God Bless you all and PLease if you get any info on anything contact me. If I get any I will be back here to tell you all. So we all can feel good inside our own skin. 

     

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