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I think that using the clothing as a tool to open the lines of communication is a fantastic idea! I had weight loss surgery at UTMB about 4 1/2 months ago, and just as you said, I feel great and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. However, making the decision was my biggest hurdle. I luckily have an amazing husband and support system, but I have to give credit where it's due. My mother-in-law also had the surgery and it was through talking to her that I finally filled out the questionnaire, went to the seminar and made my first appointment. I still took another year to actually schedule the surgery, but it was through the conversations my mother-in-law and I had that put me at ease. She didn't sugar coat anything, told me the good, the bad, and the ugly, but once my mind was made up none of that "bad and ugly" mattered.

So, go for it...the worst that can happen is that the person you talk to doesn't listen, but you have still helped them with a newer wardrobe. On the flip side, if you talk to someone who is struggling with the decision to help themselves through the surgery with your story, then you've accomplished something great!

Metairie Me

Good luck on your weight loss journey. I have enjoyed following your success. But I will not be paying for an online subscription to the GDN.

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