Several weeks before my gastric bypass surgery, I started to feel it. The nervous butterflies. The “what on earth did I sign up for” feeling in my stomach. I worried about everything that concerned the surgery. What if I hated eating after this? What fun would it be to go out to dinner again? What if it didn’t work, and I failed at this, like I had at every diet? And the ultimate fear, what if I died on the table, and left my little boy without a mother.
The nerves got so bad, I almost wished they would cancel or postpone for some reason. Then it wouldn’t be me chickening out, it would be out of my control. Then I wouldn’t have to go through with it. No sooner had that thought crossed my mind, another would crowed in. Worry that they WOULD cancel! Worry that I wouldn’t get to have my surgery, that I so badly needed to change my health and life.
These feelings are completely normal. No matter how strong the urge gets to chicken out, don’t. Believe me, you will be missing the opportunity of a lifetime. This is the big chance to change your life forever. The chance to have your body belong to you again. It is scary, but it is worth it! Nothing that’s worth anything is easy, and bariatric surgery is no exception. Don’t let your fears get in the way of your new life that’s waiting on the other side!