- HEALTH TRACKER
So, my story is just like everyone else on here, which I find truly comforting! It's good to know that I'm never alone with my struggles..... But any who, I'm a 24 year old woman, 5'11", type 1 diabetic, mother of 1 so far, and partner to a wonderful man.
I come from a large family, not meaning lots of members, just very large members! My gorgeous mother, who came from some prime skinny genetics decided 26 years ago to marry my father. Though I love my father's side of the family, the genetics are all from ancient northern people like Vikings and such, people who needed to store as much fat as possible to get through long travels or winters. Fortunately I got her beautiful facial features, height, long legs, and long torso, but unfortunately I inherited that gene from my father that says "EAT!!" and " YOU MUST STORE EVERYTHING!!". So needless to say, I've had a lifetime of struggles with my weight.
I've been overweight since I was about 8, right around the time of my parents divorce, when my family tried to make me feel better with food, thanks grandma!! lol I know they were just doing what they knew, as most people feel better by eating treats and what not. Unfortunately I gained weight by the hour! Dealing with the pain of divorce and with my life being unstable, all I ever knew was food!
Now I'm an adult, still a type 1 diabetic, had a baby, lost my mother to cancer 2 years ago, just developed ovarian cysts ( which could become PCOS), dealing with depression, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and weighing way too much! Just like everyone else, I've tried everything! Diets, pills, extreme workout regimes, etc. I've spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to lose weight, but nothing has ever worked. Now I'm 300+lbs and feeling horrible! My back constantly hurts, my feet are sore, I snore terribly, I can't walk down the street without breaking a sweat, my clothes don't fit properly, I'm always worrying about how I look, is my tummy showing, are people looking at me? It goes on and on... My obesity runs my life!
I've dealt with my issues, my mothers tragic passing, my parents divorce, dealing with moving around from Canada, to the States, and back to Canada, past relationship issues, medical issues etc. I'm happy with my life and feel good with where I'm at, except for my weight. I don't feel healthy, I can't do things that I want to, I can't believe how big I actually am, and I want to be around for my family, my son and my hubby! I don't want things to get worse, I don't want to get bigger and bigger every year, and I don't want to deal with so many of my family's problems, like heart problems, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, and all other things that come with being obese. I don't want to go down this path that I'm already on and I certainly don't want to be a bad example for my son.
So, after years of failing, years of pain, and hours and hours of research, I've decided to pursue RNY Gastric Bypass. I have watched all the videos on youtube and read hundreds of stories online and here on OH, and I truly believe that this could be the tool that can help me save my own life and be the woman that I feel I am on the inside.
I have spoken with my new family doctor, and she's getting the ball rolling! My next appointment to see her and talk about this some more is October 13th, 2011. I'm hoping to hear some good news :) Wish me luck!