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Surgeon TestimonialVirginia McGrath-WeaverDr.Waever is really caring on every end she has been there for me and so has her team. They are great !!!!!!! GREAT!! |
January 25, 2006
Hi,I just wan't too keep you posted on my postion at this time. I called my doctors office to see if my old PCP sent in my medical records but it seems as if they are taking their time with the process. So I guess I 'll just do what works best buggggggg!!!! away until they decide that they have had enough of me .I mean it's only been 48 hrs . I guess another day won't hurt. I have a doctors appointment with my PCP today and I have submitted a request for a letter of support so hopefully he won't drag his feet. Until next time !!!!!!!!!
Febuary 1, 2006
Hi, everyone I have been very busy since the last time I wrote. I have some good news. My PCP Wrote my latter of support and sent my medical records. Now Iam just waiting on my old PCP office to send the rest of my files so that we can get the ball rolling. I have also been set-up for most of my appointments with the specialist that I need to see. I guess everything is going as planned. UT Weight Management Clinic has been very helpful in setting up my appointments for me all I have to do is show up. So Pray for me you guys!!!!!! Until next time peace!!
Hi everyone and the verdict is in APPROVED!!!!! I didn't even expect this to happen so soon. I mean I just opened up the mail box not even knowing my case worker has sent in the information and there it was approved on January 30,2006. The next challenge that I have is to loose some more weight before I can geta date set. Pray for me !!!!!! Until Next Time Peace out!
Hi everyone I just wanted to drop a line to let every one know how things are going. I got a call friday from the nutritionist and she says that Dr. Madan wants me to start my all liquid diet. So I hope this means that we are getting close to a date. I guess when I started this whole process I thought or was prepared to fight but did't have to at all. With my insurance company ready I guess all lights are set on GOOOOOOOO!!!! So keep praying for me until next time PEACE OUT!!!!!!!
Hi every one it's been a minute I went to the doctor today to meet with the nutritionist. I was put on this liquid diet about two weeks ago and to day when I went for my first visit and I had gained 4lbs. Can you imagine how that made me feel. I called my husband and he feels as if there is some form of valid excuse for this. Maybe it's because you have not been taking your fluid pill? Is the question he posed. I don't know what has happened but all that I know is that I will not be defeated by this at all. I must loose 100lbs before surgery this is going to be very hard. They want me to continue the streight liquid for how long??? I ask until I get the 100lbs off that can be a minute. I guess I just have to stay motivated and strong. Until next time !!!!!!!!!Peace!
Hello, everyone it's been a while since I have posted anything. I guess that's because nothing has been happening! I 'am still on the liquid diet and waiting on the doctors to set a date for my surgery????? I guess I have become a little over whelmed with the whole thing. It just seems like I'am fighting a loosing battle. I will continue until next time!!!!!!! PEACE!!! OUT!
Hello, all I'am having to change my WLsurgeon who can better handle my handicap(my weight). My previous doctor wanted me to loose 100lbs to evevn get the surgery. I mean every one that i spoke with on a medical level was like that's crazy. Many of them say that they have heard of 10% but not 20%.So pray for me and I'll keep praying for all of of you in efforts of WL.
Until next Time Peace!!!!!
Hello everyone I have made that step in changing my WLsurgeon. My new Surgeon is Dr. Virginia Mcgraw-Weaver with St. Francis Hospital. I am ancious about meeting with her and starting my journey. I called today to see if they have released my information to the ne weight management center. I was notified by the nnurse that they needed a release form from me. GOOOOOO Figure! I am waiting again not on the insurance company but on the other doctors office to send my files.
Until next Time Peace!!!!!
Hello everyone I'am still waiting for my information to be sent to my new WLsurgeon. I guess I will have to go to my old WL office to pick up the paper work in order to get the ball rolling faster.
until next time PEACE!!!!!!!
Hello family Iam waiting on a new approval from UNHC company. My old WLsurgeon canceled my approval and now Iam waiting on a new one to be issued by my insurance company. I guess I don't know what is that hang up. I was approved and now I decided to change my WLsurgeon so now I need a new approval. The same circumstances and the same comorbids as last time. So I guess I will just have to keep my PRAYING until next time FAMILY !!!!!!
Hello everyone I guess thanks to GOD I have very good news. I was very persisitant in calling my insurance company and guess what "IAM RE APPROVED". I was told that the approval letter was sent on May 8,2006. I was so excited to hear this. The first thing I did was call my husband . I can herdly wait until it's my time to shine. I just feel soooooo Damn Good!!!!
Until Next Time Family !!!!!!!!
Hello Family it has been a couple of days since I last updated. The same day I was approved I called my doctors office to inform them of my approval status. To my suprise before I could get home I was already set for a appointment with my new WLS. So I ahve an appointment on May 31,2006. I hope that all goes well at this appointment . I will put it in GODS hands that all will go well.
Until Next Time Family!!!!!!!
Hello family well i went to my doctors appointment on may 31st and guess what I have a date scheduled for the 17th of july. I can hardly believe that my dream of being fit and healthy is about to come true. My new WLS was very sweet and answered all of my questions . I just could not believe how nice she was. I was treated as if I was the only patient that she has. I will bein constant prayer for all of you please do the same for me.
Until Next Time Family!!!!!!!!!
WEll it is almost that time and guess who is getting nurveous?????? I can hardly wait until that morning when I go to the hospital and wake-up on the loosing side of things. I'am just ready to be in better health for my girls and my husband. I know that he is not really that worried about the weight and feels as if I was this size when he met me so what. but it is a big thing for me . I told my grandmother and she is not reacting as i thought she would I guess I acan say I was very suprised. She is happy for me and says she will be their until the end with me. I guess a girl could not ask for any thing more .
Until Next Time!!!!!!!!!!!!
A Poem for Me
Hello Family I know that it has been a minute . I guess I must let the cat out of the bag i did not have the WLS yet my doctor had some last minute weight concerns that she needed to look into. Soooo I guess my date was really not my date and I got all in an up roar for nothing!! NOT EXACTLY! I went to the hospital as planed on the 17th and got the filter put in and was in the holding area when my doctor came in and said that I needed to loose another 40lbs. WHAT?????????????? Yeah thats what I said to I couldn't believe it either but the way she explained it this was best for me . I can't say that Iam mad but just a little disgusted about the whole situation . I mean you know what the saying is either you "Get with it or get BEAT"!!! SO I decided to suck it up and get with the program . I have cut the hell out of my calories and in August I will walk in there proud !!!! So don't feel sorry forme just know that I'am STILL STANDING STRONG!!!!! Until Next Time Family !! I leave you with this little poem! I hope that it inspires you as it inspires me.
I am madly in love with myself
I am loving me completely
Not just today, but for eternity
I refuse to wait to love me
I'm loving me right here & now
And my love runs deep
My love for me is plentiful
I can most certainly love me
As I've loved one too many fools
I am worthy of my own love
No matter what I wear,
where I work, how I rock my hair
I am loving me completely
with or without
a penny to my name
I am loving me
despite my size
cause Im still lovable
just the same
No matter who Im loving
or who may
or may not be loving me
I will always love me totally
Who am I to be loving me ?
A child of GOD created in
his image beautifully
I've learned in all that I do
loving me is key...
cause self love is the
pure essence of love
it will set you FREE
In the words of Kurt Carr
Hello family, I was just wanting to touch bases with you to let you guys know how Iam doing. I have been true to myself this time above all things. I have been keeping a food Journal and holding myself accountable for what I put into my body. On 7/17/06 I was down but in no way was I out for the count. I was just sitting here at work thinking about how far GOD has brtought me in my LIFE!!! All I can say is THANKYOU LORD!!! for holding and keeping me even when I could not see my way clear. I guess many times I 'am reading about other people and their situations. My situations are nothing and don't compare.So with that said this song goes out to all of my folks who like me "Almost Let GO".
"I almost let go"
almost let go.
I felt like I just couldn't take life anymore.
My problems had me bound
Depression weighed me down.
But God held me close, so I wouldn't let go.
God's mercy kept me, so I wouldn't let go.
I almost gave up.
I was right at the edge of a breakthrough but couldn't see it
The devil really had me;
but Jesus came and grabbed me,
And He held me close,
So I wouldn't let go.
God's mercy kept me,
so I wouldn't let go.
So I'm here today because God kept me.
I'm alive today,
only because of His grace.
Oh, He Kept me,
God Kept me,
He kept me,
So I wouldn't let go.
I almost Let go.
I felt like I just couldn't take life any more,
My problems had me bound,
depression weighed me down,
God held me close
So I wouldn't let go.
God's mercy kept me,
so I wouldn't let go.
So I'm here today because God kept me.
I'm alive today, only because of His grace.
Oh, He Kept me, God Kept me, He kept me, So I wouldn't let go
Well it has been a minute since I have posted. The last time you guys heard from me I was caught between a rock in a hard place with needing to loose the excess weight and all. But your girl is back and boy am I back! I went to the nutritionist on Thursday,7-27-06 and guess what when I stepped on that scale and in just a week and a half I had lost a whole 21 pounds. Yes let me spell it out TWENTY ONE POUNDS!!!! I was not waiting on any one else to pat me on the back a sisita did it her self. SO my next appointment is on 8-10-06. I hope that on that day I will have lost 25 more pounds and guess what that will mean a new date for me!!!! ALright family stay on your knees and keep praying for me...
Until Next Time ....Peace!!!
Hello all I have gone in for my check up with ginger and I have some good news I'm down another 12 pounds. This is not as much as I hoped but it seems to be great with my nutritionist . She says that it is healthey to loose 2lbs a week. I will see Ginger again on 8-17-06. I will up date you then!
Until next Time ......Peace!!!
Hello all i was just wanting to say hello to everyone. I'am hard at work to loose these last couple of pounds. I would like to thankyou all for yo ur continued support especially Nichole and Cheloris these girls really had a sistas back.
Until Next time!!!!!!Peace!!!!!!
8-29-06 Well I did not loose any weight on my last visit on the 17th so i was a little upset and did not update my profile . I have another appointment set for Friday the 1st of September. It is unfortuneate that this is my moving day so i will call Ginger to reschedule for next week. This is really good it gives me a little more time to make my goal weight. I really hope to have it done by October at the latest. I have been sticking to my guns with my new diet and the pay off is very near. I would be remissed if I did not say thanks to the team who worked on my web pagethis is really nice .My favorite colors are pink and green and NO!!! I'm NOT Greek!!! Until Next Time Peace!!!!!!!
Hi Family, I just wanted to touch bases with you and let you know how things are going. I must keep it real at all time that is just being me . I stopped going to my nutritionist appointments because the weight was not coming off fast enough. I mean I had really gotten discouraged. I had not been to an appointment in a whole month. I called Ginger to set up an appointment for two weeks and she set one for not two weeks but that friday. SOOOOOOOOO
I held my breath and said what the hell. I went in on friday and stepped on the scale and you would not believe I had lost not only my goal of 40lbs but -24lbs more!!!! Yes I weigh 448 on July 17,2006 I weighed 512lbs so you do the math "64" lbs. I will meet with Dr.Weaver on This week to get a new date So Until Next Time..................Peace
"GOOD BETTER BEST NEVER LET IT REST UNTIL YOUR GOOD IS BETTER AND YOUR BETTER IS BEST!!!!!
I just got the new MY NEW DATE IS NOVEMBER 13th !!!!! I know It's been a long time coming but it was worth it . SoOOOOOOOO! See you in a Month and 3 days on the Loosing Side!!!!
Until Next Time ............Peace
by Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a model's fashion size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips
The stride of my steps
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please
And to a man
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees
Then they swarm around me
A hive of honey bees.
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth
The swing of my waist
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back
The sun of my smile
The ride of my breasts
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels
The bend of my hair
The palm of my hand
The need for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Until Next Time................. Peace
I just wanted to say hello to everyone to let you know how happy I'am to be at the door of a new begining as it relates to my weightloss. Please keep me and my husband in your prayers!!!
Until Next Time ........Peace
Hello everyone I just wanted tke the time and say hello to everyone and just relax as I look back over this past year and reflect that in which I have overcome. It is imperative that if you are just begining this journey not to fotget that from which you have come and those who have helped you along the way. With that said I would like to thank a few people who have helped me on my way if I leave or miss your name then this was not done on purpose but by mistake. To GOD who has made all things possible for me in my life,without him there would be no me, Thankyou LORD!!!!! To my mother in here absence I LoveYou I canfeel your presence. To my grandmother who at first did not think that I was making the right decision but came around in time. To my friend Falisha who has been a friend not only to my mother but a motivator to me helping me to see that these thing could be possible Sooooo Wise (You). To my husband we have had our share of times but you are the BEST!. To my little girls who are so small but brave thankyou for helping mommy to know that this is somthing that we need to do for us. To my sister who has always been there for me in a few months I'll borrow your jeans!! To my bother "Will" you know what we share in our hearts. To Chiloris, Veronica, Valencia and Nichole you gals always looked out for a sisita. How can I say thankyou enough to the St. Francis Center for surgical weightloss team. From Ginger to Janette and Dr.Weaver these folks really made me feel like family. Last but not least THANKYOU, THANYOU, and THANKYOU!!!!!!! To all that have encouraged me along the way!
Until Next Time PEACE!!!!
Hello Family I feel great and thanks to all of you who called and came by the hospital(Yes ) Chaloris I was "high" but I rmember you coming by the hospital. To my other angels Veronica, Nichole and your loving husband, and Valencia. These girls really kept a sister feeling good with the phone calls and continued support . Penny my new friend who was at the hospital every day and kept my husband fead and really made me feel good. How was surgery????? I was taken into surgery at 9:45 and was out and in recovery in just an hour and fifteen minutes. I woke -up in recovery trying to get up and hollaring "pain". I was taken to my room and all of my family was there praying for me . I can't remember a whole lot after that i was just in and out the rest of that day. The gas pains where the worst of all not my incesions. I do remember the second day Tuesday and I woke-up and they took out the follie so then I was able to go to the restroom all by myself. I walked all around in my room trying to walk out the gas. Wednesday was the day when I awake I felt brand new . The IV's were removed and I just walked all over that floor of the hospital. I was then visited by my DR. Who is the greatest and she said that I was doing great and could go home if I wanted and I bet you know what I chose. HOME!!!!! My husband has been great Pureeing my food everyday and waiting on me hand and foot I know I can be a BRAT!!!! when I want to be Thankyou Baby!!!!Thankyou Grandma for all of your continued support!! and Falisha who is always there for me I'm not sure yet but I do believe that this is the best choice that I have made as it relates to the WLS!!!!
Until Next Time ..................
It's official I'm a loser I went to the doctor today for my two weeks check-up and down 23lbs!!!!! I guess this tool is worth it. I went back to the doctor to see my nutritionist on 12-6 and guess what I had lost four more pounds wow -27 I don't know I guess that is good. My nutritionist said that the center expects you to loose 50% of your excess body weight in a year and I've already with the weight lost before surgery lost 23% of my excess body weight a total of 86lbs lost she says that is a whole child. All I can say is that it was hard work and worth every bit of it.
Until Next Time!!!!1
Well I just wanted to put some "Goals" into perspective in the begining. You know my moto "Give a little, Get a little, Give a lot ,Get a lot, Do nothing, Get nothing!!! With that said here goes.
Goals accomplished within the first year!!!!!
1. Weigh below 400 pounds (Done 2/14/07)
2. Weigh below 350 pounds (Done 4/12/07)
3. Weigh below 250pounds (DOne 12/2007)
4.Run and play without getting tired with my two girls (Done 8/2007)
5. Just be comfortable in my skin.
6. Walk in a clothing store and not have to bypass all of the regular sizes for the plus size clothing racks.
7. Have the energy to hang out more with close friends( Yes Done)
8. Go to a resturant and sit at the bar or booth instead of always having to sit at a table because of my size.(Done 3/25/07)
9.Cross My legs(Done 3/12/07)
10. Wear shorts again!(Done 2/28/07)
11.Fit a size 28 (Done 1/10/07)
12.Fit a size 26 (Done 1/30/07)
13. Fit a size 22/24(Done1/2 in size 24's 4/2/07)
14. Fit a size 18/20(Done 9/14/2007)
15. Fit a size 14/16 "What" (10/1/07)
Fit a size 10/12 size 12 shirt 1/24/2008 YEAH!!!! Only 14 months out!
16.See the look on peoples faces who have not seen me in a while . (Done Always!!!!)
17. Run or Jog for more that a minute. (9/1/07)
18. Cross my legs at the knee !!! (8/14/07)
19. Not have to sit in the front seat of a car for more room.
20. The most important ONE OF ALL!!! Not lose me in the process of all of these things!!!!
21. Weigh under 200lbs
2. REACH MY WEIGHTLOSS GOAL OF 170lbs!!!
Until Next Time . . . . .
I went to the doctor on the 20th and guess what I'm down 9 more lbs. I guess that is good. Until Next Time!!!! Peace
Hello family I just wanted to say that as of 2/14/07 I am three months out and it is official that I have dropped "115lbs". I just hope that this will encourage someone who is thinking of this as a quick fix and I must say to them I work my ass offf that is with three F's daily!!!! I will update my pictures really soon. "Remember don't wait until the battle is over shout now!!!!!"
Hello family I know that it has beena minute since I last posted I have just been maintaining with my tool. I really have just begun to see some real results as it relates to my body. I know you say what !!!! Yeah people tell me all the time what a big change they see but me being inside of this body it takes a little longer for the brain to catch up with the body. Iam still working out on a regular but I don't have any idea as to how much weight I have lost because I don't weigh my self until I go into the weightloss clinic. I just look at hte change that I see in my clothing and know that there is progress being made. I finally got my pictures updated to my page(thank you "Arthur") I have to scan my clinics before picture so that you can see the results a little more clear. This will ahppen in a couple of days just be patient with me I have a longways to go. My personal goal is 180lbs so I have about 180lbs to go to meet my goal. I know that I will make it with the help of God and the support of people like you at Obesity Help.
4-12-07 Well I went to the weightloss clinic on today and guess what i have lost 49lbs since febuary and that means I had set a goal to lose 85lbs by my birthday so that means I only have 36lbs to go . I guess I have to up my game and set the bar a little higher. I was just going to stop by the clinic to take a peek because I never weigh myself. I was not expecting that at all!!!! So to those of you who want to know will do it again in less than a heart beat!!! until next time FAMILY!!!!!
4-08-07Hello family I was just on line and wanted to say hello. Iam doing a better job taking pictures so that you guys can see my progress. This journey has shown me what no other diet has and that is success! I will go to the doctor for my six month check-up on friday the 11th so I will up-date you then.
Until Next Time !!!!! Peace!
SIX months Pre-op lets here it for all the pre-opers who are living there life like it's "golden". I went to the see me Nut on friday and in one month I lost 20lbs she feels that I'am doing exceptional. In fact she has invited me to speak at the June support group meeting. My center only expects you to loose 50% of your excess body weight in one year and I have at 6months already lost 49.6% of my excess body weight go figure. I will download my pictures ASAP!!! Thankyou all for your continued support and encouragement!!!!
08/21/2007Hello family I know that it has been a minute but I was nine months out on the 13th and I was weighed with my nut and a whopping 242.4lbs down in nine months I am sooo proud of my self Until Next Time .
Hello Family I would first like to thank GOD for seeing me through my first Re-birth day. I know that it has been almost a year i know I could not wait just a few more hours to post. I will go to the doctor on the 14th but until then the most important thing is to just thak GOd for all that he has done for me this year and that that he is going to do. I know that the best is yet to come for me in this journey. I have given it the very best that I have to give. I work out four days a week with a trainner and with eating right and my tool what else can a girl do. I have made this my way of life not just a journey. Yes I am a total package!!!!! This year has had some up's and downs. If you are reading this post a considrering the surgery yes it is the best thing other than my children. Please don't let anyone tell you that this is the easy way out NOT!!! It is what it is and that is what you make it . I'm sure you will have some people to tell you that they know of people who have died and etc. You are your own testimony and you have to just do you in some things. The first question to ask yourself is why are you having the weightloss surgery ??? That is most important question this how you know your purpose. I will post again on my RE-birth on tomorrow !!!! Until next time PEACE!
Well it's been a year and I was a little dissappointed with the weight that I loss this time around. I was down 23lbs in three months for a total loss of 261lbs in one year. I guess some one else reading this would say Girl don't be ungreatful. I would like to thank GOD for putting such wonderful people in my life. I have not been all that I could be but I'm getting more like him everyday. Even in the mist of my sometimes DIVA attitude GOD still keeps me. I'am currently going through a divorce but this is for the best not only for me but my children. I am happier than I have been my entire life. Yes !!!!!! That is my entire life. I was one of those people who took a seasonal man and tried to make him into a husband. This was where I went wrong but I'm on the right road now. Please continue to keep me in your prayers and I will do the same for you. The million dollar question is If you had to so it all over would you? I would answer Yes!!!!!!! In less than a heart beat! Lastr but not least i would like to thank a couple of people who helped me this year. My babies Abrionda and Zeori who cheered for me when I was down and out, My little sister Abria who keeps a girl on her toes,Pennie my sister,Kennedy for keeping my pictures running, Vivian my girl she has it all under control!!!, Mrs.E.Johnson who has just taken me under her wing thankyou for all the advise and just listening, Eddie my fitness coach he really does a body good! and my new love Felix who is all that I never knew that a man could be. To my Grandmother Miss Jewell who has cared and paved the way for me yes she is stern but she is what she isLOVE YOU!!! Until Next Time......... PEACE
Well it's almost 2008 what will I do different this year???????????? I will start to work -out in my wet suit again and not forget my purpose my goal is to weigh 170lb's no matter what. It is my goal to loose 25lbs by the month of March. Thisis a goal that has to be achieved. I will reach my weightloss goal of 170lbs by July 2008. I know that if Ikeep GOD first all things are possible. For those of you who are reading this insert and have not had weigtloss surgery seek GOD first and he will direct your path. My success many E-Mail me and ask how ?? and what to do??? My answer to you will always be you do you and that means doing the right thing!! Eating right and exercise is the KEY to the TOOL!!!! This is a Life Change and not just another fad diet!!!
Until Next Time PEACE!!!!
What's -up viewers I just wanted to say hello I know that it's been a minute but you know how it is when you get GOOD NEWS! you just must share it with friends I am happy to say that I'am wearing my first size 12 no elastic Liz button down shirt today. I also weighed after my work out last night and Iam down to 222lbs . You know that a girl is proud of herself. For those of you who are reading my profile the most important word that I can say to you is BELIEVE in yourself . I would also like to thank JESUS for my girls the two young woman who believe in me each day "MISSY" and ZEORI "B." and the love of my life FELIX he treats me like every woman should be treated better than a "Queen" Until Next Time.........