I'm home and finally starting to work on the book in earnest. As I've said, yes, it will primarily be my journey and my viewpoint, but I plan to try very hard to represent all Lap Banders in this book and I want readers to at least know about all the choices/viewpoints along the way (you know how many choices you've had to make and how much bigger this journey is than any of us ever thought it would be). It's certainly going to make the 'tale' harder for me to write, but I can't imagine doing it any other way as sharing all the choices and those things our Surgeon's don't know/didn't teach us is the whole point.
I'll periodically post questions (no, not for every little thing, just for items I need input on) as well as the information I'm already planning to include (some is my experience, but it also includes all the things I've seen/learned from others in my years learning about the LB), so you won't have to repeat answers I'm already planning to include. I'll let you know if I need detail, but hopefully I'll mostly be looking for brief answers (like the ones below). I can't promise to include everything, but I do promise not to quote anyone (if you ever feel more comfortable answering in private you can send me an email). As you know, there are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers on any of our journeys! I'll thank you now for sharing!
OK, let's start with an easy one/example that I've already written and see how this works (or if I suck at explanations). Here's the question and all the possible brief answers/categories I came up with...if you feel your answer doesn't fit into one of these answers/categories, let me know (I don't need the whole story this time, just if you have a new category/answer).
Thanks again all!
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO (TRIGGERED) THE 'MOMENT' WHERE YOU FIRST DECIDED TO EVEN CONSIDER WLS (Even if you'd thought about it for years, there had to be a 'moment' in considering where you moved from 'thinking' to 'doing')?
- Doctor's input or obesity related health issues (including physical limitations)
- Weight/number on the scale, or size/clothing
- Embarrassing weight moment
- Seeing yourself; mirror, photo, video
- Someone else suggested it
- Learned of someones success with WLS