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June 2002 Issue


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June 2002 Issue # 14
Circulation: 6,327


From the Desk of Barbara Thompson
Author of "Weight Loss Surgery, Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You"

** In this issue **

* Spreading the Word
* New Research Site: Plastic Surgery - Dr. Dennis Hurwitz
* Patient Interview Regarding Plastic Surgery
* ASBS June 24th - 28th
* Legislative Update: Missouri
* Recognize Your Success
* Recipes: Taboulleh
* Support Group Leader Connection
* You Are All Angels
* Success Story: Connie O

Dear Subscriber,

On May 6th I had 8 hours worth of plastic surgery on my face and neck and what an interesting journey it has been. When I ponder the 8 hours spent by my plastic surgeon, I keep thinking there must be a joke in there somewhere, "Your wife was soooo ugly that it took the plastic surgeon 8 hours...." He did work on my neck, removed my jowls on both sides of my mouth, put in a chin implant, narrowed my nose, and lifted my cheeks, eyes, eyelids and forehead. My face was sagging so terribly that I was often asked if I was sad, at times when I felt very happy. I told my plastic surgeon that I wanted to look as happy on the outside as I felt on the inside.

For the rest of Barbara's plastic surgery story and photos, Click Here

** Spreading the Word **

Those of you living in northern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania may want to mark your calendar for Thursday July 11th. I will be speaking from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM just outside Ashtabula, Ohio at the Jefferson Joint Vocational School. If you can't attend, you may want to watch Channel 3 that day when I will be interviewed. I will also be on the local talk radio station from 8 to 9 am. I hope you can make it. I would love to see you. Call Chris Unsinger at (440) 998-0889 for more information.

** New Research Article **

Plastic Surgery

The webpage of Dr. Dennis J. Hurwitz, from Pittsburgh, PA, presents the various techniques used by plastic surgeons to enhance body image. The page also has links to incredible before and after photos.

Dr. Hurwitz was my plastic surgeon. I personally feel that it is important to use a plastic surgeon for the work that you have done rather than having it done by a general surgeon. And if you can find a plastic surgeon who is accustomed to working with weight loss surgery patients like Dr. Hurwitz, that is even better. When you are considering dealing with all of that left over skin, you want to not only have that skin removed, but you want a nice looking body also. So you need body contouring. It is not only a surgical skill, but also an art.


The American Society for Bariatric Surgery will be hosting their 19th annual meeting in Las Vegas June 24th through June 28th. We will be exhibiting at Booth #80. We will again be distributing my book to surgeons and allied health professionals as well as talking about my speaking. If you are attending, please stop by. I would love to meet you.

ASBS is the professional organization for those performing weight loss surgeries. We will be reporting on the meeting in the next issue.

** Recipes **

Now that summer is fast approaching, my taste for delightfully light food increases. I have always enjoyed taboulleh. The combination of tastes and textures is wonderful. I enjoy taboulleh now and I enjoyed it when I was in my first stages of solid food following my surgery. Everything is chopped so small that even if you haven't yet gotten the hang of chewing your food, you won't get into too much trouble. You can usually find taboulleh in the deli section of most large grocery stores. Or you can try making it yourself following the recipe below.


1 cup bulgar wheat
2 cups boiling water

Pour the boiling water over the wheat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Remove the excess water by pressing the mixture in a fine sieve.


You can make a much less exotic version using the pasta called orzo or the pasta called acini de pepi and boiling either of those according to package directions and draining.

To this add

2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
3 tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped

Make a dressing by combining
6 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Add half of the dressing to the ingredients above and refrigerate at least 1 to 2 hours. Add more dressing as needed.


If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of this newsletter, please send it to me at

** You Are All Angels **

In last month's newsletter, I asked anyone who would like, to email Karen who was having her surgery and was lacking support and friends to help her through her journey. Over 100 of you very kindly responded. I received this email of thanks that I wanted to share with you. And I also wanted to express my thanks for so generously reaching out.

Dear Barbara,

I want to thank you so very much. My name is Karen Collins from Florida and you put a special part in the May newsletter asking people to write to me and give me a little bit of encouragement. Well, my operation was 5/21/02 and everything went just fine. I was home in 3 days and even though it's only been 2 weeks now I am doing great. I was so excited when I got all the emails from everyone. I received over 100 of them and have been so overwhelmed that I haven't been able to respond to very many of them yet. I want to thank you and everyone who reached out to me and let me know that I wasn't alone. I look forward to the new life I have been given and I will keep you updated and can't wait till I can send you some before and after pictures. You all are truly angels.

Karen Collins



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