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Bariatric Weight Loss Family

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59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

I accidentally stumbled across Family 1 year ago. In that time I've received so much love from a woman that was a complete stranger, who had decided to change the world for the good. This stranger, is now one of my closest, dearest, friends, this once stranger is now my sister. A woman who has a heart of a warrior and thinks of others before herself, who gives selflessly without a second thought, and loves so fierce, you can feel it from the words she types.
So thank you Gail for loving us strangers so unconditionally, we're all so grateful for you.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This group is 100% supportive, no judgment, no hate, just love. Without this group I would have failed at life.

Amy L K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BWLF is made up of the most loving & accepting people going. The amount of support they give is unparalleled. You simply cannot find a better group of people. ❤

Amanda G.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was lost until I found this amazing group, who I now call FAMILY! The love, support, and encouragement is beyond what anyone could ever expect or imagine!!!

Heather P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amount of love and support is beyond anything I could have imagined when my husband and I found this group.

Catrina C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi I am so amazed by all the love and support this family had for me and everyone in it! I am beyond d grateful for all of them. They are so amazing. I dont think I could have gotten thru my surgery if i hadnt had all the support!

Jessica S.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m still pre-op but this group has been so kind and welcoming. So many questions have been answered for me. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm just over 3 years post op and the support I get and share with this group is indispensable. It's more than just about weight. It's about overall health. Everything we do affects how we think of ourselves and so many of us eat for comfort. With all the support in all areas of our lives it makes eating a part of our lives instead of the driving force behind it. This group has literally saved my life with the amount of love everyone has.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the most loving and accepting groups I've ever been in. The support they provide goes beyond just answering questions about diet and exercise. Everything we do is affected by and affects our journey. This group understands that and it's why I love them so much.

Sherri S.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bwlfamily is an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who truly have the purest of hearts. The love is imaginable. I have never met a more passionate team that is for the good of all people. We are all involved daily in making family a true safe haven and place that people can just be themselves without fear of judgment. I am blessed to be a part of something so big and for such a good cause. Everyday is an adventure in our wonderful family. If you’re looking for the best support group ever, you’ve found it at Bariatric Weight Loss Family!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are an amazing and diversified Family of those that are pre and post BWLS along with those that are looking to gain informative and honest information from those that have been through the journey. We support and help those in need and raise funds through various yearly function to help raise the funds to help. Ohana is our motto - Ohana means Family and Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten

Kristen F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is beyond amazing. The help they offer tens of thousands of people daily is truly remarkable and they have forever impacted my life! They are the best family you could hope to have!

Krista Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BWLF has been the only group that has been a completely judgment free and supportive. They don't judge you or food police you. I have made life-long friends in this group. We have become more than a Facebook group. We have become a charity, bringing attention to important causes and supporting people in need. We are a family and I'm so honored to be a part of it.

2 Gail R.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every single day we help tens of thousands of people. Our goal is to change the world with kindness And I can honestly say I see that happened every single day

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Stunningly amazing. Giving,kind, and loving. Willing to listen, talk it out, and help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

BWLF has made an impact on my life and offered so much support, love and help before and after my surgery. They truly are like family (except the kind you actually wANt to be around!) I don’t know where I would be without these folks!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

@46.5 years of age I was experiencing signs of heart failure, due to my being morbidly obese @328 lbs and 5’10”. Wasn’t able to do the cardio required to lose the weight, due to a partially severed ACL to my right knee. I was searching for a site that supported surgical weight loss. I searched several sites, and came across BWLF site. I joined and they accepted me.
In the last three years being involved with non profit site. I have seen it grow from a few thousand members, to close to 17K.
The unconditional, non judge mental, and sound support to its members, along with all the projects to help others is just awe inspiring and generosity that’s unparalleled by any other BWLF site out there.
This “Family” has a unique saying in “Ohana Strong” (No one gets left behind. It’s been a crucial asset to me, as I went through the process of choosing to the procedure I went through 9/19/16. I’ve lost a total of 154 pounds! My outlook and prognosis vastly improved. This Family was a vital part of my taking back control of my weight and saving my life.

1 Cathy H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group helped me with any concerns before my surgery and with the many questions I had afterwards. The love and support I get and give as one of the Mods in this group, is truly that of a family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Cathy and I am one of the MODS in BWLF. I joined this group before my surgery for information and support. This group has become much more than that for me now. I had the priveledge of meeting our founder, Gail Reeves and several others at the 2018 WLSFA convention in San Antonio where our group won the first annual GOTY award. This group truly is all about family. And I’m honored that Gail bestowed her trust in me to help moderate the group. Her values and ours are what keep BWLF a safe environment for all members.

1 Carrie H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my children were in need of school supplies at the beginning of the school year, they helped out. I’m so thankful for their generosity!

1 Holly G.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

what a wonderful and supportive group of people. Everyone is so kind and helpful.

1 Jayme A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been in this group for well over 2 years. It has helped me in so many different ways. I could never repay them for all they have done for me. From counseling me when I needed to talk to advising me on what todo.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is an amazing community, full of people willing to answer questions, be a listening ear, and offer support and encouragement. It really has become a family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two years ago I started researching upon researching service dogs for Hunter. I was determined to get Hunter a service dog for his epilepsy. I was quickly discouraged when I was turned down due to either a 3-5 year waitlist or Hunter didn’t have “enough” seizures to be eligible or the costs that came with training. Then we met an angel. Gail Reeves. This angel went above and beyond to raise funds to make this goal obtainable by having a silent auction. People from across the country donated items and also auctioned on items. They raised more then what was expected. So I started another search for trainers who would train a dog to be able to be a service dog and after many phone interviews with different trainers I knew the Dogtor was the one after talking to him for a half hour on the phone. His knowledge of obedience was phenomenal. He heard Hunters story and not only was excited to take on the task, he matched what was raised. We are so blessed to be able to take this picture and remember the road that began this determination all be complete. Never give up on what may seem unreachable.