Hi squid woman,
You don't have to spend much time on this forum to realize that there are MANY people who have suffered greatly from their GERD symptoms. Chronic illness is difficult to cope with, and a mental toll certainly comes with it.
But on the bright side, you've got a surgery scheduled! There are many here who are struggling through the GERD without any surgery in sight. You're way ahead of them! Try not to focus on how far away it is. Take each day as it comes, and one by one you're getting closer and closer to your surgery and recovery.
Hang in there! See that light at the end of the tunnel? It's there!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”