Are Your Relatives Supportive?

Updated on October 4, 2019 in General Support Thread
3 on October 1, 2019

Are your relatives supportive of your decision to get surgery? Most of mine aren’t. They seem to believe that we should be able to control our weight through sheer willpower. My dad has even admitted to me that he doesn’t understand why I need to get this surgery. My mom is supportive, thankfully, but she is one of only a few of my family members that is. 

 
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0 on October 2, 2019

It’s tough, isn’t it? I’m lucky to have helpful and understanding friends thanks to their background in healthcare. My mother doesn’t even want to go with me to consultations.

It isn’t easy to change people’s perspectives on my weight problems. I’m doing this for myself, so I tell myself to ignore them if they won’t even try to understand.

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0 on October 4, 2019

Becky, I’d let them see some of the statistics which show that long-term weight loss isn’t likely to last through dieting.  Weight-loss surgery is the only tool that is effective even years down the road from when the patient had the procedure.   It’s a shame your father can’t be more supportive. 

My close family members used to put up a fuss when it came to surgery, but they mellowed out pretty quickly when they saw how important it was to me. 

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0 on October 4, 2019

I am fortunate. My parents were very supportive of my decision to have surgery. They saw how much I struggled to lose weight with dieting. Some of my friends weren’t very supportive, but the experience helped me realize who my true friends really are. 

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