I’m posting these at the beginning of my journey, although they came in over time…
You go!! Fully here to support!! rest well
on your new journey!
Fully supportive of you…I have belonged to 12 step programs that considered weight loss surgery as a failure. I believe my spiritual and emotional path is full of tools provided for me, including weight loss surgery. I applaud the hard work you have put in and support you as you journey along to increased mobility.
Angela Di Tenebre
You’re taking care of you, and that’s important.
Cheers to the hard work!
Cheers to accomplishment!
Cheers to your mobility!
Cheers to being happy!
Cheers to really great energy!
Cheers to you!
You do you!!! I wish you all the success in your new journey to be mobile and healthy!
Judith M Leonard
All the best to you. Keep us posted. You know you have allways had my support and always will.
Hilary Dwyer Key
Congratulations on a journey of wellness
i love you taking care of you and you’re always beautiful cuz that’s something i see in your personality and your eyes, so whatever shape your body is reflects that beauty. big hugs 💕
im having mobility issues myself lately and can relate to the desire to move free from pain. im glad you’ve found some wonderful innovative tools to help you. 💗
Your bravery, both in undertaking such a big challenge as this life change and in choosing to share it, never ceases to amaze. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your procedure!!
I have a few friends who’ve had this surgery with positive results. Here’s hoping it works for you and you can ditch the scooter!
I have recently made some changes for a similar reason, to feel stronger and more mobile in my body. I see you.
I completely understand & support this decision. You are doing something wonderful for your health and mobility.
Hugs to you &
on your courage.
Nancy Kelly Cameron
I am so thrilled and so proud of your decision. The decision came easily for me as I had developed a GIST, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor in 2005 and the best way to remove it a sleeve gastrectomy which wasn’t yet approved as weight loss surgery. Well, that was the first day of the rest of my life because I had set my body up to die an early death. Fast forward 16 years, I’m healthy, happy and can do the activities I want to do.
I’m so happy you did this for you. Please reach out to me day or night if I can help you with anything, or nothing. You might just need an ear. Way to go!!
God bless you for having the courage to do what you just done
Kristin Desmond Ashley
Marilyn, wanting to live pain free, or with much less pain, and working towards that in as healthy a way as possible, is so commendable. I’ll be cheering you on!
Congratulations Marilyn. I had a roux en Y bypass done back in April and I’ve lost almost 45 pounds. This was to replace a gastric band that I had put in back in 2012. I was over 300# then. I was pre-hypertensive and pre-diabetic – but most importantly I wasn’t happy with myself or how I felt physically. I did it for me and now, years later , I finally feel good physically and mentally. I’m where I’m supposed to be and I’m dealing with the underlying issues of weight.
So good for you! I support your decision 1000%! I hope that you see your quality of life return very very soon! 💜💜💜
What Elizabeth said. It is your body and your experience in your body and your choice. No one outside of that body has the right to say anything about those choices. Rooting for a pain-free future!
I wish for you to be well in all the ways you want to be.
I totally understand, accept and support all you do with your body. Be healthy, by your definition.
I am very proud of you. Keep up the great work. Wishing you good health and happiness
I am so proud of you for taking steps towards your own happiness
Can’t wait to give you a hug next time I see you if it is OK with you.
What a journey! Thanks for sharing all your thoughtfulness and process around this, hope for best results to get you moving easier and less pain and all the reasons you’re doing this. Xo
All the love. All the joy. All the radical depth of you. That you choose to share these aspects of you with us is an honor.
May this next experience of you with your body be full of all that you need and want.
Be well! Thank you for sharing your journey.
You are on a journey that has so many visible and invisible steps. Thank you for being so open and clear about your purpose and intent, as well as how we can support you. I think you are awesome.
Congratulations on doing all of this hard work towards improvement of your health and mobility. I would like to talk with you more about it, for personal reasons, if/when you feel up to it. Please pm me your numbers, as I no longer have them. I love you, and support any decision you make to improve your life.
Mary Ann Waterman
Hope your recovery is quick and you will soon be on the road to being pain free. Stay strong, Marilyn!
hope the surgery will help both your mobility and your pain.
Kudos for the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual work you’ve done to get to this point, and thank you for your courage in sharing so eloquently with us.
All I want to see the next time I see you is that amazing twinkle in your eyes that tells me you’re happy and feeling better.
Prayers for you and your medical team on the next phase of your journey. 💞
I appreciate that you are so clear on what you want from us, your friends. And that you are willing to share your journey. Thank you. I truly hope this next step works well for you.
Donna L. Faber
You don’t have to justify your actions to anyone. Rule #1: because you want to is good enough.
Very proud and happy for you, Marilyn!! I respect your courage, hard work and commitment to improve the quality of your life. Your choices are about empowerment… love 💕 it!!I And I respect you telling your community how you want to be communicated to about your changes! Excellent!! Again, bravo for taking the initiative for better health and improved mobility!! Congratulations 🎊🎈🎉 Big 🤗 hugs, Joan
Yes to pain free movement and the joy that comes with it. Thank you for sharing your travels
You are an amazing woman and I am privileged to know you.
Hoping your recovery from surgery is smooth and wishing for you to be in less pain, and in better health going forward. Lots of love!
Wishing you a speedy recovering and less pain in the future. So thankful you let me be part of your life and family!
Love to you Marilyn
I’m so happy for you! You’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and you know you can do what you need from here on out. It’s so exciting about getting healthier! Less pain is always welcome! Sending much love and strength.
Nicole Moon ONeal
Blessings my friend
I don’t know why anyone would have a problem with you choosing what to do with your body for your own health and life quality. Fingers crossed for you that it helps and you see results and improvements soon!!
I wish you an easy recovery and being able to move more freely.
Your thoughtful message is much much appreciated.
All the best for you Marilyn and a good recovery.
I’m glad you’re taking care of you and your body
You are brave in knowing your needs for support & to share your needs around your healing. Sending you energy for the journey ahead to easier mobility & eventually freedom from pain. You have always been a strong spirit & I know you will get to a place of more physical freedom from all your hard work & focus. You are an inspiration to me to work harder to free myself of some weight to help my mobility too.
Carri Lee Carl
Good for you, all of what you said and more my friend! I applaud your decision to be more healthy and noble.
Thank you for sharing this I find inspiration in your words. Xxx
You need to do what you need to do for yourself so it doesn’t matter what anybody else says or thinks
I wish you all the best on your new journey towards better mobility.
I am excited for you- mobility rocks it really does. Feeling healthy rocks! And eating when your actually hungry is a steep learning curve and one I still struggle with, additionally eating foods that make u feel good not crappy is a steep leaning curve… none of what you have been doing is easy and getting help is just smart. Congrats
Thank you for sharing your journey
May all go smoothly with the procedure and recovery! Thank you for sharing this with us. I support your journey!
I really appreciate your transparency about your process. May this lead to many pain-free days for you!
Marilyn, I’m always impressed with what a thoughtful determined person you are. I wish you every success and greatly improved mobility.
What an amazing post, in every way. We love you so much. Please let us know if there are ways we can be supportive to you.
I love and applaud your taking this step. Mobility is critical to the full enjoyment of life for all of us. Doing what you can to improve that and to insure that you will be able to move without or with as little pain as possible for many years to come is a very positive thing. I completely support what you did and your reasons for doing it. Best of luck on the journey ahead.
Lots of love coming your way! Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing.
William B. Kennedy
on sharing and on the trip to full mobility again.
Marilyn, I wish only the best for you.
Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you good health.
That’s wonderful, Marilyn. Thank you for sharing your approach and experience. I hope you have decreased pain and increased mobility!
Nancy Davis Sturm
Thank you for sharing…go get ‘em girl
I love you. Thank you for opening up about this. Your courage is so inspiring. I wish you the very best on you adventure.
I am very happy for you! I have several friends who have made similar choices. All for different reasons. Sending gentle hugs! May this decision bring you less pain and more mobility!
Awesome! Sounds like an enormous amount of work but ya gotta do what ya gotta do to make things better for yourself!
Hope you heal up well and quick.
That took a lot of courage; I wish you the best of luck and hope that your mobility issues are resolved.
I just want to say congratulations! I did this about 4 or 5 years ago. Did it make me skinny? No. Did it shave a good 150lbs out of my life? Yes. Is that worth the price of admission? In my opinion and experience, yes, very much so.
Like you, I didn’t do it to get skinny, and personally I would never push anyone else to do it unless they already wanted to.
That said, I’m so happy for you! I hope it helps you get where you need and want to be. I hope you find the strength and recovery you need.
And thank you as always for your amazing honesty!
Kane K Fong
I hope this change gets you to your goals for your body! If other don’t get it then can go fuck themselves. Mobility issues are rough and if this is what you are choosing to do and your doctors aren’t pushing you to do it then great ! You are an amazing human and fat is not only a state of being it’s a state of mind you know it and can live it no matter what !Tyler Fong
Thank you for sharing. Change is hard especially as we get older.
Sandra J. Siddall Palmer
My best friend, who unfortunately died a few years ago, had the surgery. She could not control her appetite however, and so it didn’t work very well. Controlling your appetite is difficult. I don’t eat as carefully as I should, and I eat sweets occasionally. I know how hard it is to pass up something delicious. It is hard work and I’m cheering for you. I hope you get your mobility back. Anyone not cheering you on, is not a good friend. You deserve to have our support and if possible, our help achieving this.
Beth Moscov Kessler
You are an inspiration for me. I really appreciate hearing about your journey.
How sweet to be included in this process. Thank you for your vulnerability!
This is so exciting for you! I know this will help your back! Hoping that this is really turning a corner for you and your health. Can’t wait to see how much better you’ll feel.
I absolutely love this post and am so grateful you shared it. Your honesty and candor are admirable and you will help many people by sharing your story. Good luck to you, cuz!
Thank you my darling. I read the whole post them with you 100% if there’s anything you need let me know. I’d love to fat I love you skinny
All the messages so far are positive. You’re one the most caring and empathetic people I know. It is clear that you are making the brave choice that is best for you and your health. Nothing could ever change the beauty you have both inside and out. I wish happiness, health and may you live with ease.
You’re so brave Marilyn. I didn’t have the nerve to take the same step as you to help my mobility. Now I’m nearly 72, struggling to get around, in pain and just began yet another new diet plan which feels hopeful to me. We shall see. Good luck m’dear. ❤
This is certainly no small step, Marilyn. Good for you to have the determination and courage to take this on. All my very
for the achievement of your goals!
I honor your choice in deciding what is the best route for YOU. and wish you much success
Self love and care is always a good thing.
I’m just flat out proud of you… not just for what you’re doing to gain mobility, but for the grace you bring to your communications. I’ll say it again.. you go, girl!
Good fur you! Proud to be your friend.
The first 3 or 4 weeks are pretty hard. After that you get into a groove and roll with it.
Thank you for sharing what is going on in your world. And it is YOUR world. I would never judge anyone who is trying to make their life and their health a top priority. Please continue to update us on how it is going. I have not had a lot of visibility into the process and would like to learn more about it. Wishing you love, light and healthy days ahead.
Barbara Sue Dean Smith
I hear you being and acting on your personal wisdom. Blessed Be.
Wow! Your courage and determination are intensely inspiring! I’m still, as have always been, proud to be your friend.
I’m so excited for you, to live with less pain and better mobility!!!
It’s a big, brave step and I know there is a ton of work that goes into it! Wishing you a quick recovery from the surgery and greater mobility and comfort ahead.
Thank you for doing what you need to do. Pain is a bitch
Surrounding you with love. I respect whatever choices you need to make around your body. I love that you are choosing you, whatever that means. Wishing you healing and ease.
Thank you for your vulnerability and labor in sharing your journey. Hell yes for doing things for you!
I have a sleeve too!!!
I support your decision
Your body, your choice. I hope you will also take responsibility and be accountable for the negative impact of the ableism and weight=health beliefs in your words here.
I applaud you for dealing with really hard stuff (food, aggh, so complex and powerful). And,
for doing what you decide is best for you and your body. I know people do judge, but as others have said, fuck them. No one has the right to co…
I 100% applaud your choice to be healthier and take the strain off your back. I have a similar story and, while I’ve made different choices to take care of my health, I
Ma’am, you are an amazingly beautiful person. Self care us sexy. I am proud of you for making decisions for yourself even though they may against what others believe in for you. As somebody who struggles with mobility crap, I am hopeful this will help you to have better mobility and lots less pain.
Hope everything goes well. Sending you my prayers for the speedy recovery!
Marilyn, this sounds like a self-care decision and I always applaud and encourage self-care. Congratulations.
I’m glad you’re doing what you’re doing for all the right reasons. I’ve known enough folks who’ve had bariatric surgery to know there’s nothing “easy” about the process.
What a courageous undertaking. I hope the best. I have always thought of you as a person, whatever the body size. Thanks for the ideas on how to comment later. I will probably ignore that whole thing because you are a person to me. Good luck on your health choice. I hope you are more mobile. I thought the write up was great. Thanks for telling us.
I’m so happy for you. It takes a lot of strength and courage to make big changes in our lives. I hope that this helps you get back into life the way you want it to be!
Your body, your choice, your self-care. Courageous choices that I wish 100% will lessen your pain & increase your mobility. Blessings
I’m here for you if you ever need to talk
I love love love yourself focus on health and mobility! What ever gets you to what that means for you is awesome! Quality of life is the theme. No one else gets to define it for you!
Good for you Marilyn! I applaud your decision and your bravery. Wishing you the very best of health and happiness. L’chaim!
That’s a big deal and a big thing to do and share. I really appreciate your care in sharing the journey! Yasher koach!!!!