Hi my name is Bridie and i am married with three children 28 22 and 20 all still living at home, (we make it to easy for them) one dog, and one 93 year old father in law that could no longer live on his own so he moved in with us April 2011 (much harder than i thought it would be...) well I have been on this site for many years, was thinking of going down the surgery route a couple of years ago, although doctor recomended it, the powers that be said no (I wasnt big enough) then in March 2010 I became very ill. wont bore you with to much detail, spent 7 weeks on Neurological ward in Frenchay hospital with swelling on the brain daignosed with wait for it... Meningoencephamyelitis .. very rare... I lost my sight and the use of my legs and lots of other problems. luckily the medication worked in time and after a couple of relapses have been home since August 2010. My sight has returned, and I can stand and walk alittle, hoping it will still get better, docs have said recovery rates vary but it can continue to improve over years.. lesions on my brain and spinal cord so there is hope,, after being on very high steroids (brilliant things when needed) my weight which dropped by about 3 stone during the acute phase of illness, leapt up by nearly 5 stone.. so as i was already huge before it really was not needed.. still on lots of meds but the steroids have been tapered down to 10mg so the moonface which accompanies srteroids should go, which gave me the nudge to do something about the rest of my weight problems, and the fact that a new Slimming world opened on the 13th dec just down my road in local hall spurred me to join, i lost 6 pounds the first week and 5 1/2 last week, i weigh again tomorrow evening, I have to do it this time, i turned 50 shhh last september and i think its been a problem for long enough, am hoping that as i lose it will help my health problems well it definitely wont do me any harm, sorry i have gabbled on, but that is me... also I have really bad memory from all of this so sorry if i repeat myself, family say i am always doing it. well i am looking forward to sharing my story with anyone that cares to read it, if not at least it stops me eating whilst typing and reading all from here. will update after my weigh in tomorrow and will share the good and the bad..