**Please note**  WLSinfo wish to emphasise that in passing on this request we are not endorsing the project and have no involvement with it.  Please make your own enquiries about the content, style etc before deciding whether or not to participate.

If you do agree to participate, we would be very grateful if you could get the charity a mention.  

My name is Chloe Lambert and I am writing a feature for the health pages of the Daily Mail about life after bariatric surgery.

 I am looking for 3-4 case studies to tell me the story of their journey. These interviews will be printed in the patient’s own words and I can send them the copy before it goes to print to approve it. Ideally they will be named and photographed but we can anonymise if they request it.

The aim is to do a sensitive piece in which a number of patients tell in their own words how the surgery has changed their life, for better and for worse.  I'm particularly interested to talk to people about: 

- excess skin and the battle to have surgery to have this removed

- learning to eat differently and living with new limits on your diet eg ensuring you don't get malnutrition

- whether the surgery has made you feel better about your body 

- general physical and emotional effects of the surgery

I’m interested in finding out whether people feel their surgery has done for them what they hoped it would and whether they feel better about their bodies and happier post op. I’d also like to explore how life changes after gastric surgery – coping with dietary restrictions, having a ‘new’ body, side effects, excess skin from weight loss, how patients are treated – generally, the highs and the lows.

I can do these interviews by phone – they would take about 30 minutes. 

 

These would be 'ghosted' interviews i.e. I would interview you by phone but the article would be written as if you'd written it, in your own words.

If you have a message you'd like to get out to people considering gastric surgery - perhaps telling them things you wish you had known when you had the surgery - this would be a perfect platform to do it. 

Please get in touch if you're interested in taking part or know anyone who might be, by emailing chloe.lambert@dailymail.co.uk