My name is Mischell and I am from Louisiana. I struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for the better part of my life. I quit smoking 2 years ago this coming September and I have been drug and alcohol free for over 4 years. I have gained a lot of my weight over the last 4 years. It seems that food has become my new drug of choice. I have tried a lot of diets and every time I lose weight I seem to gain it back plus gain more. I became so discouraged about my weight and gave up for a while then there was a good friend who told me about her bypass surgery and how it had changed her life. Well after a year and a half of research and satisfying my insurance I have decided that the VSG is the surgery that is right for me. My weight has caused me to have a lot of medical problems such as, High blood pressure and some awful pain in my knees and joints. I also have GERDS. I am hoping that the weight loss will relieve these problems for me. I started my liquid this morning and I hope this week flies by so I can start my new way of life. I have support from my family and friends, but I was really hoping to have some support from people who have been through what I am going through now. I hope to hear from y'all and I can't wait to learn your experiences.