bikini,you can do it! I had the same feelings about losing 85% of my stomach, but think of how better your health and life will be. my knee pain went away, i can bend over and tie my shoes, i climb a lot of ladders and stairs at work and it is so much easier now! i did'nt have any disc problems on my back, but i always had lower sore back muscles( about 50% gone).i thought about not being able to eat my favorite foods, but this energy i have now is much better than that. im only 7 weeks post op, and im still limited on the foods i can eat, but even at 7 weeks there is a lot to choose from. just follow your doctors instructions and you will do fine. you can do it!