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Hi, my name is Alisa. My story begins in about the 6th grade. I would say that that was when I realized that I was bigger than all of my other friends. Although this was now a fact, it really didn't bother me. I can't say that I was constantly harassed and made fun of because of my weight back then because I wasn't. Thank God for that. Fast forward to college. This may have been the first time that I realized that guys didn't like me or choose me because of my weight. Again, now big deal. You may say, then why are you having the surgery? Well, because in 1990, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure at the age of 20. In 2003, I was diagnosed as diabetic. Not to mention high cholesterol. Between my conditions, I take about 6 medications 2 a day. I am sick of taking PILLS. I am 38 years old and it is time for me to become healthy and medication -free. I am claiming that in the name of Jesus.
My journey started in about August 2008 when I finally got the nerve to ask my PCP for a referral for WLS. I just knew she would try and talk me out of it, but after a few questions, she gave it to me. I first went to the mandatory WLS all-day orientation. If I weren't convinced I wanted the surgery, I was when I left the hospital that day. From there, I went on to meet with my surgeon Dr. Aaron Baggs. He was very upfront and honest with me about what to expect and that I would need to get my diabetes numbers in check before the surgery could happen. I then went to meet with my psychiatrist. It was great talking with her. Now, the work begins. I am expected to loose 15 lbs before surgery. I know some of you may not think that is a lot. But to a person who have NEVER been able to loose more than 10 lbs on any diet program, it seems a million pounds away. However, I am committed to doing it, because I know what my ultimate goal is. Not to be thin and cute, because I am already cute, but to be HEALTHY for the rest of my life.