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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This nonprofit group is amazing they have help me an so many ways through out my journey there is always a helping hand to give advice when needed an recently providing me with school supplies for my two girls in my time of need I’m very grateful for this group
I found Family when i started researching bariatric surgery support. family is the 1st group I joined. very compassionate, friendly people. They have answered many questions for me along this journey
When you think of an online support group you don't think "These will be my friends and family". However this is what you get when you join BWLF! They welcome you to the group when you join, check up on you if you are having health issues, come together and support you in a time of need! Whether you just need to lurk and absorb the information or be an active participant you are welcome and loved!
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.
I was really nervous about having bariatric surgery. I found this charity and they by far exceeded my expectations. If you need them, they’re there. They judge no one and love and respect everyone! I share them with everyone I meet who is considering it has had surgery!!
The support I've received before and after surgery is invaluable! This group and its founder truly care and show it with daily encouragement,checking in on those who are Ill and giving to those who can't afford their vitamins and protein and more! I can't say enough good things about them.
Bwlf has given me a sense of belonging. No matter what I'm going thru I know that I can come here be heard and understood. I can turn to family and know that I won't be judged, but guided.
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing this group is. I was so nervous and afraid of having my surgery and I joined this group and they have made me feel like I was family and made me feel confident. I will always be grateful for this group. They are my O’hana ♥️
Had the sleeve done in January of 2018. It has been a blessing being able to chat with people who have had surgery prior to me. This group continues to be a blessing after surgery by being there cheering you on and never judging you.
Never have I met a more caring &loving group of people who became my family .These people really care about you&love you
This group is AMAZING!! It is a safe place where we can vent in private with others going through similar situations. And even if they aren't, they help in all other ways. This is a support group and they do just that, but they are also FAMILY! Thank you Gail and all moderators, you are all super AWESOME!! Thank you to all the members, you are awesome people as well!!
This is so much more than 'just a Facebook group'. They are truly family. Support is given in many forms whether it be an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, inspiration and guidance when you're feeling lost or a heart felt cheering section when you share your accomplishments.
The bariatric process is a life changing event and most people who have never had bariatric surgery don't really 'get it'. Every aspect of your day-to-day life can be impacted in some way. The awesome moderators are committed to keeping Family a safe, judgement free place for all their members.
Personally, as soon as I found BWLF, I felt at home. There is always someone ready to lend an ear or share what they've learned. It's reassuring to know you're not alone with your experience, no matter what stage you are at.