Thursday, September 12, 2013
I am SO glad that we made the time to catch up. I forgot how important these women have been in my journey. We spent six months together (once a week, plus the required support groups), and we formed friendships.
Yesterday, as much as I wanted to go and see them, I also just felt like going home instead. I am tired. The weather is freak-nasty hot and humid. I had a late lunch. I was just feeling 'blah'. But the ELB knows just what to say to keep me motivated.
Text with ELB yesterday afternoon:
Me: I wish I could come home to you. Miss you oodles.
ELB: Miss you, too. But tonight is important. You can't see how far you've come if you don't take time to look back.
Me: I know. But sometimes it doesn't feel like I've made any progress.
ELB: I'm very proud of you. More than you'll ever know.
So I went. And I am so glad that I did. I wasn't super hungry since I had a later than usual lunch, so I ordered French Onion Soup and some roasted garlic tomatos. The tomatos went home. The soup was delicious.
We talked for over two hours. We shared experiences, stories, and we laughed about things we've discovered about ourselves. And reforged the bonds, and will be doing this more often in the future.
One of the girls at dinner told us that the nurse at the surgeons office (who also helped run the weekly classes) made the comment to her the last time she was in that she had never seen a group of people form bonds in the class like she saw us do. That most people come to the classes, and keep to themselves, and never interract with each other. But she saw us form friendships, and saw us talk and interract and support each other for six months. And to know that we still keep in touch and are being supportive is great.
So even though I have chosen to not tell pretty much everyone in my world about my surgery, there are people I have as a support system who are here with me. The ELB, and my BBF's (bariatric best friends), and of course, all of you who are also on your own journeys. If I knew you in person, I know that we would get along great!
I feel better knowing that I am not alone in this. Thank you.