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Bariatric Weight Loss Family

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91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best group EVER. Its not just a support group, its a family. I have met some wonderful people (some in person and sone not) that i consider my sisters and brothers. Without these people i would have failed miserably with my WLS. The encouragement, the support, and everything else is amazing!! I love everyone in the group.

Summer A. P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has had an amazing impact on my weightlose Journey I have come so far and this group is the reason why! The support is amazing with no judgements!!

Linda W.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This truly is a family! One that supports and loves and laughs and genuinely cares about the well being of all the members! I’m so grateful I found this family! We are #ohanastrong

Nicole Boss S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What can I say??? In a world or darkness this group gives you love, hope and support. Its non judgemental approach and acceptance is the key to their quality members and Moderators. They have helped me find my best self!!! I love family!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing and uplifting group! Great leadership and guidance from people who have walked the walk!! Finally I'm home

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a two-time bariatric patient. I had the gastric sleeve in 2016 and was converted to gastric bypass in April, 2018. Suffice it to say, I've been a member of several forum boards and online support groups directed toward bariatric patients. I was dissatisfied and, to be honest, horrified by how nasty people can be to each other in these groups. Then I found Bariatric Weight Loss Family. I found my home. The members and the folks behind the scene are the kindest, warmest, most welcoming group I have ever come across on the internet. The support and love that is given to its members is incomparable. No topic is off limits - unless it is hurtful to other members - and I have yet to find someone insulting or nasty. If you have had bariatric surgery or are contemplating it, I strongly suggest you find this amazing group of people. You won't be sorry.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit serves a real need for those preparing to go through bariatric surgery. They truly give back to the community as well!

Melinda M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the moment I decided I needed to have wls, I searched for support groups.
Then I found BWLF. It was more than a support group. It truly was a family. Closer and more supportive than my own.
I have found a sense of belonging and being here. The founder, admins, and mods are the greatest. They watch over all their memebers. Whether you e been part of family for one day or one year, you are still loved all the same.
From non judgemental support (which is hard to find) for wls, just weight loss, recipes, falling off track (and getting back on... no matter how many times), and everything in between, they are there.
I dont know if I would have continued with my journey and being this successful, if it wasnt for the love and generosity of my FAMILY!!!!

Sean A.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is phenomenal, from before I had my surgery all the way up to now they’ve been there for support. You can come on here and ask one question and in the matter of a few minutes your getting answers, and help. This group is so supportive in every way. My son Hunter was diagnoses last year with epilepsy, this group wanted to reach out and help anyway they could they all came together and did a silent auction in memory of a members child to raise the fund for me and my wife to get a service dog trained for my son who really needs it. I don’t know what family means to you, but this definitely tells me that all the people of this group are definitely now a part of my family for what they did for me my wife and my son. I love this group and Gail and the rest of the Sr. And Jr. Mods are great thank you for everything

Amanda L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BWLF helped me prior to my weight loss surgery and has continued to offer love and support for almost two years now. A fantastic group and fantastic people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At 48 years old. I had a full gastric bypass surgery, as I was morbidly obese at 328 pounds! I had swollen legs, up past my knees. Also had a right knee which prevented me to exercise. My heart was giving out.
Some will say that having weight loss surgery is the “easy way”, at losing weight.
I’m here to tell ya, what part of: getting approval from my insurance, having to take a mental health test consisting of 5-6 hundred questions, and then seeing a psychologist. To see if you are mentally capable of enduring this life changing way of life.
I had the surgery...and had to in a sense learn how to go from a liquid diet, and stepping up to soft foods, and eventually to regular food. In addition to not being able to drink until 30 minutes after a meal, and not drinking with a meal, taking vitamins 4X /day and spaced apart, so that yournoron and calcium do not compete with each other, all the while having to meet protein and water intake demands. Yeah the easy way out?
Which brings me to the Bariatric Weight Loss Family non profit. This has been such an inspiration to supporting not only me, but the other 16K members that have been supported.
This is a non judge mental no bias, website to support those who I’ve had, or are thinking about weight loss surgery. Because it’s VERY HARD, to stay on track, and accountable while going through this life changing process.
This non profit offers amyhjgnnad everything from: advice, support, ideas, tips, support and encouragement for Bariatric weight loss.
Itbjas touched the lives of those in need through generous donations of: time, assistance, education and raising funds, for those that are in need.
This non profit is such an asset at providing: Education,’mental health support, helping 16K members to stay on track, answer questions, and providing folks that are struggling to maintain the way of life, post surgery for weight loss.
I have never been witness to such an outpouring of love, support, and enriching the lives of not only the 16K members, or those that are in need.

Christi Menser L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing group that provides support, love and encouragement. Weight loss surgery can have a stigma to it... but here in family there is no judgment, only love. This organization also helps with vitamins, supplements, school supplies and even helped a family with a therapy dog. It is inspiring to see what this group of volunteers does to help so many.

Sass M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best support group I have ever been a part of. There has always been someone available to respond to any questions or concerns I have. And just the genuine love of everyone there is something that doesn't exist elsewhere.

Penny S A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a extremely supportive nonprofit organization that has helped me on my journey through weight loss with bariatric surgery. Tjey help through mental support in a very positive manner that allows you to see that you are worth every minute of time its takes to succeed. I receive supportive advice, recipes, and been able to compare and see 16k others going through similar journeys

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a WSL to join and Family won hands down. These group of people make you feel like Family, may not be blood but in some cases it's better. I have gotten more support from this group than from my blood Family and that says a lot right there. They are not here for WLS only, oh no, they get to know the members and can tell if they are having problems and step right on in to do whatever it takes to help. The charities, special needs of children, members self confidence and so so much more than a group of loving people that just want to help in anyway. I will be with them forever now that I to are helping others. Ohana Family

Emily W.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has been there for me since i joined, they are always trying to help other everytime i am on the page i have yet to read a negative comment or anything else.

Jamie Lee M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group supports bariatric patients thru their journey emotionally and financially if need be for meds to sustain life

Tara Elms H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bariatric Weight Loss Family has helped many bariatric patients and their families get items they need. The support they give is amazing. They help others navigate their new lives after weight loss surgery!

Kimberly P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a real family! We are all United. I have never witnessed such an impactful network of tender, compassionate, uplifting people in my life! We encourage, inspire and motivate each other to strive to be our best selves. And we are all welcomed unconditionally. There are groups for everyone. No one is left behind. We think of everyone bc everyone is important and part of this family. #ohanastrong

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!

Candy A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The only place you need to come for support. Come as strangers, stay as family.