How to Ask for Support from Your Family and Friends
In order to recover well and succeed at achieving this important health goal, you will need support from your friends and family. Be clear with the people in your life so they know how important they are to your success. Share the details of your surgery, ask for the help you need and allow them to hear about your hopes and plans for a new you.
The Importance of Support
You’ll be making lifelong changes to your diet and lifestyle. You are far more likely to succeed if you surround yourself with people who understand and support your goals.
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“The hospital itself has changed tremendously from when my grandmother was a patient about 12 years ago. They make a point to treat you as an individual.”
Kim (shown with father Ernie)
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You Can Do It
Help your friends and family members understand why you've chosen to have weight loss surgery. You may find that many are under the impression that weight loss surgery remains an experimental treatment. They may not realize that it has more than 40 years of history. They also need to understand that morbid obesity is a disease and that you’ve tried diets and other approaches but they haven’t worked for you.
It’s not uncommon for obese people to feel that their friends and family, even their spouse, seems to discourage them from weight loss. Why? Sometimes people close to you see your weight as part of your identity and they may fear the consequences of change. Discuss your reasons for having surgery. They need to know that your health is at stake and you will be counting on them to help you during and after surgery.
You’re Not Alone
It is highly beneficial to attend gastric bypass or bariatric support groups. These meetings allow you to be with people who share your situation. You’ll be able to ask questions and receive answers in a supportive environment. You’ll benefit from feeling less alone and from having a network of friends with whom you can share recipes and exercise tips. There are knowledgeable, friendly people available to support and help you.
For More Information
If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, talk to your primary care physician about Danbury Hospital, call 1-800-516-3657 for more information, or attend a free event and learn more about losing weight through bariatric surgery and if it’s right for you.