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This was my letter to my surgeons office before starting my journey towards surgery....
I grew up in a family with a large diabetic and morbidly obese history. My mother has been overweight for most of her life and struggled as a child and my father has been up and down his whole life between being obese and overweight. I have a brother who is ten years younger than me that struggles with obesity as well. My paternal grandmother struggled with obesity and died while on kidney dialysis from diabetic complications at the age of 72. Five out of my father’s 6 brothers and sisters have struggled with morbid obesity most of their lives and many continue to do so. My paternal aunt had her leg amputated in her early 40’s because of diabetic complications. Heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and cancer also run in both my maternal and paternal sides of the family. My mother was always a southern cook and meals would often be four-five courses with fat, grease and butter. An example is the rump roast she would fix. We would have rump roast, gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread, noodles with gravy, green beans, corn, and coleslaw. The big dinners we would have were not a “treat” it was pretty much the norm most days of the week except for the occasional unhealthy fast food. Overall we were active and enjoyed camping, hiking, and bike riding as a family.
My physical health was pretty normal until I reached age 5. Between living in a verbally and physically abusive home, dealing with a dysfunctional extended family and continued “southern fried grease” the pounds, the anxiety, and low self esteem began to rise. Food was a reward. Food was a treat. Food was love. Eating a home cooked meal by my mother was one of the only ways I felt her love.
Through the years my weight continued to pile on. I had reached 220 pounds at the age of 12. My dad and I both tried “the protein power plan” very similar to Atkins. I lost 30 pounds in a month but gained it all back. There were times where I would barely eat anything to try to lose and instead I would gain. By the time I graduated highschool and got married I weighed 250 pounds. 7 years and two children by c-section later I now weigh 363 pounds at the age of 25. I suffer from pre-diabetes, hypothyroidism, PCOS, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteo-arthritis, GERD and more. I have not been the right size since age 5. I am ready to live life and feel better. I can’t play with my kids. I don’t have enough energy to do the things I need to do and want to do. I am constantly fatigued, in pain, and feel sick. I truly believe weight loss surgery is the only chance I have to save my life. It is the tool I need to help me achieve the dramatic weight loss necessary. I am excited and ready for a new life!!!