Getting Support from Family and Friends
The first step in getting support at home is talking to your family and friends about bariatric surgery. You may be surprised to find that they are supportive of your decision to consider bariatric surgery. If they are not supportive, it may be due to fear and an overall lack of knowledge about bariatric procedures. Be patient and understanding as you explain how their support will help you. They may be concerned about your well-being and skeptical about the benefits of weight loss surgery over the potential risks. Try to put myths to rest and share with them all you have learned in your research and how surgery will change your life for the better.
Lastly, consider taking them with you to a support group. That way, they can hear firsthand from bariatric surgery patients and learn about their experiences.
Attending Support Groups
Our nutritional support group are held the second Monday of every month at 6:00pm at our office. The support groups in our office are run by office staff including our nutritionist.
Support groups are and excellent resource. You will find people who have similar wellness goals, want to celebrate your success, and support you in challenging times. Support groups are devoted to these common experiences, so you can share your feelings in a safe environment.
If you are thinking about bariatric surgery, you may want to scout out a few support groups in advance to help you recover and support your weight loss goals.
Online Support Groups
More and more bariatric surgery patients are going online for support. It is a wonderful way to reach out to people who are going through similar experiencces. It is important to be aware of the limitations of finding support on the web. If you choose to use online resources keep in mind the following tips:
- Support should mean support: Seek out healthy role models and limit contact with people with a negative attitude
- Look for support, not medical advice: Some people will take on the role of “the expert.” Be aware that they are not healthcare professionals, so you should be cautious to take healthcare advice from them.