Thanks everyone for all the kind words. I basically obeyed all (or most anyway) instructions from my doctor and nutritionist, got my annual blood work, and exercised at least 5X weekly. In my case, I swam between a half-mile to a mile each session. Swimming is awesome since it's great cardio, zero stress on the joints, and since you're in water, you don't notice that you're sweating! I had my share of dumpings, and still do from time to time. If I don't chew very well, it'll get stuck and come up. And if I eat a lot of sweets after a meal, it's dump city. You'd think after 13 years I'd know that, but sugar is one hell of an addiction to kick. But I have to say, after all this time, I have actually lost my urge to eat very often. Believe me, I used to eat with the best of them. Eating an entire pizza was easy. Now, 3 slices is my max...and I have to do it s-l-o-w-l-y. When eating dinner, I have to stop halfway and get up and take a short walk before I can resume. And when I finish, I am DEAD tired. That's how I found this site because I was curious if other post-op folks noticed this, and the answer is YES. But these are small prices to pay. Anyway, if anyone has any questions about my experience, fire away! I'd be happy to share.