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The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA.ORG) invites you to join us in Portland Oregon! Your participation at this annual fundraiser allows the WLSFA to make a difference in the lives of people with no access to the medical treament they need to overcome the disease of obesity. Dollars raised at this event fund grants and saves lives! We anticipate the largest gathering of weight loss surgery patients ever assembled. Together we can look forward to an event that will be life changing for attendees and those that benefit from the gathering our grant recipients!



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    Friday, May 19 • 11:00am - 11:45am
    “Am I Still the Same Person I Was Before I Lost Weight?” (And Other Important Questions That Follow Weight Loss Surgery)

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    How Did You Lose the Weight?”    “Do You Wish You’d Have Had WLS Earlier in Life?”    “Am I the Same Person I Was Before I Lost Weight?”

    Weight loss surgery patients must deal with many challenging physical changes as their body adjusts to its new reality.  While these physical challenges can be significant, it is often the mental, emotional and psychological challenges that make a WLS journey most difficult.   As the saying goes "They operate on your stomach, not your head." 

    In my case these three questions have followed me through me journey – asked of me by both myself and by my friends, family and even total strangers.  Many WLS patients are a bit apprehensive about fielding these questions – even preferring not to ask them of themselves.

    In my presentation, I will highlight why the WLS patient should welcome these questions and how to turn them into your own ‘self-help’ dialog.  My goal is to provide the WLS patient with a new paradigm with which to view their own journey and relate their experiences to others.

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    William Streetman

    Board Member, WLSFA
    Bill spent 34 years as an energy efficiency consultant to the gas and electric utility industry, starting and managing several consulting firms, and managing large numbers of people and projects. During his successful career, he unfortunately neglected his health and fitness, ea... Read More →

    Friday May 19, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
    Broadway III & IV Plaza Level