As for my story.... I've been morbidly obese for more than 20 years. Losing 20 pounds, then gaining 30 was only making me more miserable. I finally decided to try surgery to avoid health issues that I've seen others struggle with. The sleeve was my choice based on success of two friends. What I gave up....sodas, fried foods, one of two blood pressure meds, snoring, knee pain, ankle swelling, constant fatigue, etc. What I gained.... energy, confidence, and desire to encourage others to make whatever changes they need to be happy in life. My highest weight on record was 300.8 on 4.22.14 at my family doctor's office. This morning I'm at 202. Still a work in progress, and would do it all over again! Thanks !