A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time I should tell one of my close girlfriends about getting the lap band. So I realised that now almost all my closest friends know, but I just had one more friend I wanted to tell. I actually wasn't too nervous about telling her because she is quite an open minded person and we both love talking about any topics regarding health, fitness and weight loss. She is thin, but constantly battles the desire to get off 5 kilos, but she has certainly never been overweight.
So we were having dinner and drinks one night after work and I decided to just tell her about the lap band. I was a little apprehensive, but I was pretty sure she'd be cool with it and she was. She was excited and all 'go you' and 'i'm so happy for you' (she's American so she's enthusiastic like that). She was interested and wanted to know all about it and seemed to be really fascinated by the whole process. I did mention that the main reason I hadn't told people was because of the shame I carried about having surgery to control my eating and she couldn't believe I would feel ashamed and saw it as no different than having any other kind of surgery.
It was so wonderful to be open about my surgery and not feel like I constantly have to hide it from a good friend. It's especially great because now I don't have to worry about the way I eat in front of her or if something gets stuck. I am still not going to be announcing the surgery to people at work, extended family or acquaintances, but now almost all my close friends know and while I feel slightly exposed, I am mostly relieved.