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Bariatric Weight Loss Family

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106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Eileen P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love everything about BWLF. The non-judge mental advice/the listening the action when needed is what makes this non profit so special.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best family I have ever been a part of! Not only do they uplift one another they uplift communities that each one of us live in through needed donations and following through with making sure everyone is doing good and is safe!

Mandi Kurdes R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

#1 support group EVER! Never judgment and never left behind.

Crystal Waldele P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this bariatric community since 2016 and it has definitely helped. They truly mean "family" when they say we are a "family". Ohana is not just a word to Gail Reeves and her wonderful group of mods. It's the truth. They're always on top of things, ready to answer questions, offer support, or lend a hand. I love being a part of this community.

Normandie E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I will honestly say this, this group is an experience. No words can describe it. You have to just become apart of the Family and see for yourself.

But I will leave you this….. IT’S WORTH IT❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bwlf has helped countless lives, and continues to help. Gail's vision and philanthropic ideas are so wonderful. I'm honored to be part of such an amazing and uplifting group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with BWLFamily since 2017. We provide Christmas to 25-30 children annually, medical supplies to 1-2 children in need annually, and this year we provided a full year of school supplies, snacks, and school breakfasts to one kindergarten class from a Title I school. I absolutely love being able to work with this amazing group and can't wait to see where we grow from here!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BWLFamily is the place where I go for all of my support on my weightloss journey. From education and unfailing support to the thrift store, I can find what I need to succeed in getting my health back on track!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Never have I known more giving people. If there is a need they go above and beyond to fill it. I truly love these people.

Vanessa J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had Weightloss surgery 3.5 years ago. My immediate family supported me but no one else. I found BWLF on Facebook and have had nothing but amazing things since. I have a group of people that are behind me no matter what. It’s not just weight loss related. We lost our home in Hurricane Laura in 2020 and they made sure we (my autistic son and I) had what we needed. With losing our home and being out of work due to the storm, I could afford Christmas. - they made sure my son had a Christmas. When my mom died of stage 4 cancer this year- they made sure my family and I was okay as possible. They are much more then just one or 2 people there for surgery. They make sure we are a family.

Trinity I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is more than just keyboard warriors. The most loyal, loving, caring group of strangers that form an ohana without ever meeting face to face. The group led by Gail came together for my daughter who is battling cancer and spoiled her rotten during the summertime. Being on one income there is no way we could have done this. They got her medical supplies, toys, clothing, and lots of love.

Crystal Leigh M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best, most supportive group out there! They do a wonderful job.

Stephanie Varga S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most supportive group I’m part of. I know it’s a judgment free zone and I’m so proud to be part of it. No one judges like other groups I’m in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Im here to tell you about this positive and loving group! If you need Inspiration, support, a shoulder to lean on, its here! Their generosity in giving to children and the whole bariatric community is above and beyond! They are a blessing in so many ways!!

Nikki S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has helped me through so much, including tough times and the best times! I’m so much more confident and brave thanks to the amazing people in this group!!!

Tiffany S.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is by far the best nonprofit I’ve been a part of. I absolutely love the drive it has to help others within its family and community. From the BlueJay auction to random acts of kindness for essential works to school supply drives, this group has unconditional love for it a members.

Genna G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our Ohana is just that, one big family. We support each other any way possible, and help those who need help as well. This group is incredible. But what makes this an amazing non-profit is the leaders and founders who refuse to give up on people who struggle with their WL journeys. The group has incredible resources, and they are all heart. I’m so blessed and honored to have been accepted by this group. There’s no judgment here; there is just love and support. I’m proud of our Ohana!

smptink

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a member for about 2 years. When I first started my journey I was scared and confused. I never thought a group of strangers would become family. The care and support are real. They take time to reach out to me when I'm struggling. They really are family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this group has been so beyond amazing and supportive. When I have had no one else to stand beside me, this group has become my go to, my family.

They go way beyond helping with weight loss, you can make friends that will last a life time

Jessica B.20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a positive group! Love the support that this group gives me with no judgement.

Graciela P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with Bariatric Weight loss Family has been really good. I can ask questions and get great advice on how to deal with something. Get support when I need it most. This group has helped me.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit I'd the best I have been in for over 6 years. The support they give is more than I got from my own bariatric group. This group goes above and beyond to help out and give back.

Daphne D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BWLF is absolutely amazing. Gail is a true rock star and does everything she can to help everyone. She just busted her butt to raise money to purchase medical equipment for a little boy that so desperately needed.

Kathryn P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very supportive yet lots of twisted humor. Perfect for me!

Lisa H.19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BWLF has been my life saver for a number of years. This family is loving, caring, generous and all around the best group of people I have ever met! Their amazing charity work for children in need goes above and beyond any organization I have ever witnessed. Gail thank you for all you do for us and those children and Families in need of help!!

Stephanie C.15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very supportive group of people! I had bariatric surgery about 2 years ago. BWLF has inspired me, challenged me, encouraged me in some of my most challenging times! I can’t say enough about them! When you join BWLF, you are indeed with FAMILY!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are so supportive and non judgemental of my journey. They ensure a safe space to get support. I am so glad I found them. Thank you all.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Excellent support group! Very positive and caring members!

Harl D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BWL GROUP EVER! The quintessential in assisting those who have difficulties, questions, which provides: a Non Judge-mental, guilt free, positive and supportive platform, during a very difficult transition and change.
This “Family” of thousands along with my Wife and the: love, non judge mental support and encouragement of BWLF. I have a longer, healthier life, and a chance to give back to others! Love ya BWLF, we are “Ohana Strong“

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is by far the most supportive group that I have ever been involved with. The emotional support provided on a daily basis has been incredibly beneficial to the success of my journey.

Alesha S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best group I have ever been a part of. An amazing group of people. I have been helped so mucn!!

Carla Stellmach B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is more than family. I've fallen on hard times this year. This group has helped my family with back to school supplies and the June project for Christmas. Absolutely love this group.

Hayley L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ohana is exactly what it means Ohana.
We are thousands of people strong and every single person is kind,giving,understanding, basically any positive word you can think of.

This year has been a struggle for my husband and I, I applied for the assistance with Christmas. I was asked 4 wants 4 needs and they would list what it was each of my children wanted.

There was a woman who bought my daughters whole list!! Thats so HUGE. The kindness shown and given to a child that that person doesn’t even know!!! Just amazes me!

And to think Ohano is thousands deep with people just like this woman!! I love my Ohana and Im so glad to gave found their love and support! I wouldn’t have made it this far.

Thank you Ohana!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ohana is a great name for this non profit.
We are able to share feelings and thoughts with each othet that we otherwise wouldn’t share. We are each others strengths when others are week. We share are goals and dreams and achievements with each other. Its just a great place to be.

 Nicole Marie .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without bwlf i wouldn't have the support and positive outlook on my weight loss journey!

Gilean G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As both a donor and a recipient of this charity, I can tell you my experience with it has been nothing short of amazing. It is well run by some of the most kind-hearted people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. They truly are family!

Katrina R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled across this delightful ohana group and suddenly felt like I was accepted again even tho I'm not always vocal in groups seeing others post about issues same as mine and the support the team and group gives gives me hope when I was at my darkest days I never was seeking assistance for my children even tho I have prayed for a break on all the bad luck this year has brought me and yet here I am with such family team that my kids actually will have a Christmas they never shy away from the hard questions or situations they go running like a bull they give true meaning to what a support team is not only a team a lifelong family

Jessica Marie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This amazing group has helped my family so much! My son is epileptic and has a lot of nocturnal seizures and they are fundraising to help us get some medical equipment he needs! They also helped assist with Christmas this year as I was a full time student who just started working a month ago. They truly treat you like family and I am blessed to be apart of this amazing group. The founder and mod squad always go above and beyond to make it a safe place! So grateful for my Ohana!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They truly are a family! So helpful and caring. They provide tons of helpful advice and always have a kind word! Truly no judgment at all!!!

Tiffany P.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love my family! Gail reeves is an amaving leader we have some of the most amazing mods and everyone is so loving and caring we are a family! I would never give these amazing people up!

Chelsey Nicole S.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This group is so amazing! Whenever I feel nervous about my decisions, they are there to help me. They help so many people every day

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful and supportive. Amazing how they love and help others

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really appreciate this group of wonderful people, I only wish I would have had support like this when I first had my RNY surgery back in 2004. I love the insight and camaraderie that comes along with being part of this group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was added to this group by a friend of mine when I was in the the planning stages of surgery and am now 8 months post op. This group has been loving, encouraging, informative, and humorous the whole entire way. From the Admins to its members, this is a spectacular support group. Weight loss surgery isn’t easy, and this is a wonderful place to learn from all sorts of experiences and walks of life. I’m so thankful for this group!

Danielle S.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am on the journey and about to have surgery coming up in September, I found this group in Feb when a friend who has had WLS added me. All I can say is I have never seen such a more beautiful community of people who do nothing but lift each other up and encourage one another. Every one really treats each other as family and offers a lot of support and willingness to help others on their journeys. There were times I thought about quitting but thank you to these individuals I feel confident I am making the best choice for myself.

Erica M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm in the process of getting a sleeve to rny revision with hiatal hernia repair. So, I joined a revision group. Let me tell you, there is no group like BWLF! You guys are awesome. I left that group yesterday. A member of the revision group posted that she was doing a pouch reset to help her lose again. Another member was just so vile. She commented resets dont work. She then began a tyrade of trying to argue with a few people. All I could think is ,this would NEVER be allowed on BWLF! I'm so thankful for this group and the admins and mods who make sure we are all being supported, not ridiculed.

Stefani Keever R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has been a support system and a life-line for myself and so many others. The availability and attention given to every member is just beyond comparison with any other group I’ve been involved in.

Mel L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing supportive organization. Some days it is the only positive accepting non-judgemental space. I check in when i need a boost in my life. Love them.
Keeps my healthy mind and body on track.

Adam F.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only a great support group for bariatric patients but also a family that helps with all of life's ups and downs.

Rebecca Savell B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At any moment when I needed someone to talk to there was always someone there. BWLF will always be my 2nd family

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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.