I had quite a nasty comment on my Facebook page this morning. It was along the lines of “Of course you like your bariatric fans…you make a mint off of them”. I took this comment extremely to heart. For me, this is not “just business”. It is a cross between a hobby and a passion.
I had gastric bypass over 7 years ago, and got tired of having to check nutrition labels to see if the sugar content was too high for me, or if the protein was high enough, or if the calories were off the stratosphere. I had lots of questions…was it normal to feel this way, have this happen after I ate, feel sick after drinking, etc…and very few people to ask. At first, I was ashamed that I had to have surgery at all, so I never talked about it.
Then one day, I realized it was not shameful, and I could really help other post-ops like myself, and really help other pre-ops with their questions and making their decision. This is how this blog, my Facebook page, and my supplement store were formed. I love talking to people, answering their questions, blogging some of my stories, and carrying products that post-ops NEVER need to check the label on, because I’ve already done that.
As far as “making a mint”, HA! I keep my prices to barely over wholesale. I keep them as low as humanly possible, and 9 times out of 10 JUST break even on any sales. This is not my job. I cannot make a living on doing this. It is, like I said, my passion. So in response to the lovely comment that was left on my Facebook page last night, no, I do not make a mint. I don’t even make a quarter. I love my bariatric patients because I AM ONE! And we all need to stick together!