LivingAfterWLS> Empowerment Philosophy

    By Kaye Bailey

    LivingAfterWLS believes that success with weight loss surgery (gastric bypass, lap band and other procedures), and in life, can be found when we focus on inner strength rather than inner weakness. As recovering morbidly obese people we have often been made to feel weak for our illness. We are not weak. We have inner resources that make us beautiful unique beings with intelligence, talent and love to share with the world. The LivingAfterWLS philosophy empowers individuals to recognize and harness their own inner strengths.

    The first step to personal empowerment is personal responsibility. LivingAfterWLS holds individuals accountable for making their weight loss surgery successful. When individuals take responsibility they feel liberated and motivated to invest personal equity in their success.

    Personal empowerment is not borne of the statement "I am empowered." It is a state of mind cultivated with education, thought and validation. The LivingAfterWLS support group program and online resources are actively engaged in the pursuit of personal empowerment for all neighbors. The following core values support this philosophy:

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    Socialization & Culture
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    Social Equality
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    Education & Understanding
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    Health & Wellness
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    Information & Communication
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    Opportunity & Sustainability
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    LivingAfterWLS is built on the strength of relationships
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    LivingAfterWLS is inclusive: everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate
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    LivingAfterWLS management is accountable to those who find safe haven here
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    LivingAfterWLS is at all times flexible, adaptable, intelligent and creative



    November 7, 2011

    The health content in the LivingAfterWLS website is intended to inform, not prescribe, and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice and care of a qualified health-care professional.


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