Thursday, August 21, 2008

Opinions & Rude People

For the record, a blog is a place where someone writes in their own words about their own world. It is a place for someone's specific views, life events, and anything else they choose to share... and part of the bargain is that other people in the world (those welcomed and those that are not) have the ability to read the thoughts and feelings of the author.

Today, I've come under attack from a very rude and insensitive commenter, and I've chosen to delete the comments of that person... again - my blog... my choice. Most of you that have been with me for a long time as readers know, that is outside of the normal workings of how I keep my blog - but I don't feel that I have to put up with someone attacking my family.

I am so disheartened that someone out there has chosen to say such negative things about people that they don't even know, and more than that - they've attacked a choice that I've made in my life to in fact, save my life.

Not everyone has to agree or understand weight loss surgery as a whole, but don't for one second kid yourself into thinking that weight loss is "just putting down a fork and getting away from the table" because that is just ignorance about what weight loss surgery is. It is a very hard decision to make, and for people that have other problems contributing to their weight issues... it provides a tool to help you in finding a way to overcome obesity.

It certainly has NOT made losing weight easy by any means - I still have to do all the things that others do in terms of working out, eating right, and eating less... BUT it has helped me to get off of medications that only made my body hold on to the excess weight, has allowed my blood chemistry to regulate, and has helped me to find a balance with my food intake.

Weight loss surgery at it's most basic core gives the patient time to stop eating regular food for a while, and start over learning how to eat. For some it is not a necessary procedure, and I applaud them for being able to lose weight on their own... BUT for others it is the only way that their bodies will be retrained into losing weight. It is not a simple decision, nor is it an easy one... it is not for everybody - but for those of us that make the choice - it is a life saving procedure.

Now, my thoughts about medical insurance are absolutely that... they are MINE. People argue that insurance shouldn't cover weight loss surgery - well I can make the same argument about medical treatments that are covered at my expense that could be just as absurd. Someone doesn't want to have weight loss surgery covered on their plan... fine... but at the same time - we shouldn't cover drug addiction or the recovery from that - for some people weight loss surgery is used to treat their addiction to food. Seems like the same thing to me.

How about someone that has been diagnosed with a disease because of their smoking or drinking addiction - for instance liver problems or lung problems - I pay the premiums to care for their medical treatment, why shouldn't they do the same for others?

It's all a simple issue of perspective on how you think at things, I can respect that people don't agree with me - but I will not allow them to attack my family or me in the comments section of MY blog.

For those of you out there that are my regular, lovely readers - please excuse this post - as it is simply a reply to one harassing reader.