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I am a 41 year old mother of two boys (6 1/2 years and 22 months).
I have been overweight all of my life. I remember first realizing that I was larger than the other kids in first grade. Looking back on pictures from high school I realize that was a time in my life when I really looked great. I was just really developed - had hips and boobs - but because I had always been known as the fat girl that is how I saw myself. Food has always been what I turned to for comfort. And, as I have recently discovered, what I used to put a barrier of fat between myself and others.
Anyway, I now want so badly to keep up with my boys. My oldest is really involved in sports - soccer, baseball, basketball, mountain biking, and has been asking when he can play football. My youngest just wants to do whatever brother is doing. I want so badly to keep up with them and particpate in thier physical activities. But I just can't. This is the first time in my life I haven't been able to do something because of my weight. Before I just muscled through and participated in everything.
So, something has give. I'm in the process of being approved for weight loss surgery. I think that the gastric sleeve surgery would be best for me and address more of my issues. However, as I understand it, insurance rarely pays for this procedure. Although I know several people who have been through lap banding, I know no one who has had the sleeve procedure. I feel kind of alone and ignorant of life after the procedure. I would love to hear from anyone who has had the gastric sleeve procedure!