I was 52 when I graduated last year. I took the year off to travel abroad,,,came home and decided to have a lap band done. Being 5'2" anhd 331 lbs, my poor feet took a beating during clinicals> The surgery was the best thing for me. Had surgery Jan 29th 07,,have lost 35 lbs todate,,got a job in the assisted living part of a great retirement community April 10th. Going to the gym, swimming, walking,,,GOOD SHOES,,all things that have helped me tremendously. Do they make support socks for us fat chicks? I've not looked for them yet,,but sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the post,,I was so glad to see others my age and get their experiences.