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  1. Hi everyone, My name is Emma. I am 23. I just graduated college and have been struggling with my weight loss journey for years. I was hoping to get your advice. In 2013, I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. I went through years of being completely unstable. I was in and out of hospitals and through those experiences, I was put on so many different mood stabilizers and other medications, all that have huge side effects of weight gain. Since being diagnosed I have gained over 120 lbs. I have been trying various diets and exercise for the past couple of years and have seen some but minimal weight loss. I am currently taking Victoza as an appetite suppressant, but I am feeling so frustrated knowing that no matter what I do, I can't seem to sustain the overall loss. I have been considering a gastric bypass, mostly because I am just tired of not being able to move my body the way I want to. It is so hard thinking you look a certain way and seeing a completely different person in the mirror. My confidence and overall self esteem has been completely changed throughout this process, but I am hopeful that I will be able to come out on the other side of this journey an even stronger version of myself. I am concerned about the bypass. Even before my diagnosis, I have always struggled with weight and had an addiction to food. I am an emotional and binge eater. However, since being stable for the past 2 years, I have gotten healthier, more balanced eating patterns. I am concerned that if I get the bypass, I still won't be able to lose the weight and I will have messed up the way I take in food forever. I also worry that I won't be able to drink wine or have pizza ever again (my favorites). Is there a way to have a healthy relationship with food, and still indulge once you have the surgery? Honestly, I am just really scared. If anyone can offer advice about the process for someone who is just starting to consider this option, I would very much appreciate it. xo, Emma