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I've struggled my entire life with my weight. I was a chubby tween, a chubby teen and a chubby adult. I've been on every diet you could possibly think of and lost weight successfully. But the results were always short term. In the end, I'd gain it back and then some.
In 2004, I had what was supposed to be a minor outpatient laprascopic gallbladder removal. Unfortunately, my surgeon accidentally nicked my biled duct and didn't realize it. I had a bile leak for 5 days before it was properly diagnosed. I got very very sick. I ended up septic with major organ failure. I was rushed into surgery and then spent the next 12 days in ICU on a ventilator. Things didn't look good for me. Every possible thing that could've gone wrong did. I had pneumonia, peritonitis, blockages, absesses. You name it... I had it. But one day I turned a corner and started to improve. I spent a month total in the hospital and had a very long and difficult recovery. It was over a year before I felt "not sick" again. Because my life was so sedentary I gained about 40+ lbs.
In 2006, I decided to adopt a baby. I'd learned the lesson that life is short. I didn't want to waste any more time. So I started the process to adopt a baby girl from China as a single mother. The process to be matched with a baby was supposed to take 12-18 mths. But right after I joined the program, China drastically slowed the process. It ended up being a 5 year wait. I ate my way through the emotions and stress of those 5 years and added aout 60 more lbs.
So here I am in 2012, a new mother at age 40 with an active toddler who was wearing my fat azz out. It was time to make a change. I had so much weight to lose I knew I needed to take drastic measures. I needed a permanent solution instead of the ups and downs I'd experienced for the last 20 yrs.I decided the sleeve was my answer.
I'm ready to feel better, to chase my daughter without feeling like I'll collapse, to carry her up a flight of stairs without pain and losing my breath, to do all the things I want to do with her but hold myself back on because of my size. I want to take her to the beach and not feel self conscious in a bathing suit. I want to take her to an amusement park when she gets older and fit on the rides.
But most of all I want to be healthy. I'm a single mom. I need to be healthy so I can raise my daughter to adulthood. I'm all she has. So this journey isn't just for me. It's for her. I want to be the best mom I can be. And I'm not... not at this size.