- Username: kverneuille
- Location: Jackson, MS, USA
- Member Since: 11/22/2002
- BMI: 31.0
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: DS (04/11/03)
- Surgeon: Clark Warden M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialClark Warden M.D.Dr. Warden is a wonderful surgeon. He makes you feel very comfortable with everything that he will do and what you can expect. At the time of my surgery, Dr. warden was in Ocean Springs, MS. The group I worked with still contact me after all this time to check up on me. I'm sure that is team now in Louisiana is just as wonderful.
- Dogs - My oldest is Benjamin & has been with me trough my weight loss journey.
- Horror - I love horror movies and books.
- Sports Cars - My baby is an 2002 Porsche Boxster. Also my dream car since I was 16.
Five and half years Post on December 26, 2008 8:14 pm
Seems like an eternity since I posted any thing on this blog. I have been through so many things since my last post. As many of us that have lived with being overweight know life as an obese person becomes comfortable over time. We still have friends and family that worry about us. I had family that would send me the new diets. When my parents and friends tried to talk to me about my weight, I would all the excuses ready. It became second nature.
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I shyed away from all romantic interests for most of my youth. After my surgery, I found the confidence to out my heart out there. Two years ago I met a great guy. We started up a relationship. Went went on strong for about 8 month, then something happened and it ended.
I cursed myself for trying for several months. But I came to realize all the wonderful things I had denied myself when I was heavy. I know that life is hard both heavy and thinner, but it is all worth living.
My WLS surgery saved my life and I have tried to make everyday special. I have gone whitewater rafting, skydiving, and this summer I will go Zip Lining. Without this surgery, I would never have attempted things events. I would never have had the confidence to open my heart to romance.
Three years ago, two years post-op, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. My first reaction was anger. I thought to myself, "I lose the weight and you are going to kill me anyway. I could have stayed fat and happy." I found that my cancer progressed from all the estrogen my overweight body was producing. Yes, my weight contributed to my cancer! I had a full hysterectomy 3 years ago and I am still cancer-free.
But I paid a price for my weight. I gave up so much of life to hiding in my fat. It was my safety net. I didn't have to get involved in a relationship. I could just hide. I don't want to hide anymore. Life is a collection of choices and one of my choices is to LIVE! Even with the heartache, at least, I am part of my life and those that I care about.
I thank God everyday for everyday! Never give up! Life is worth living even when it breaks your heart!
MyBeginnings on December 28, 2006 2:59 pm
Well after almost a year of working, talking and all around complaining, I finally have approval and a surgery date. My surgery is to be on April 11, 2003. I'm terrified and excited all at the same time. If all goes well with the tests, surgery will bee in 3 weeks. I'm ready to get on with my life. I just wish I had never gotten this big. I don't know if I could have prevented this but I could go back, I'd sure try.
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April 5, 2003
Well I'm one week from surgery now. I'm starting to get a little nervous. I've spent the last few weeks trying to get everything in order. Being single, I have to make sure my will was updated. I drew up a Power of Attorney and Living Will. BTW, I highly recommend Quicken Family Lawyer software program to anyone. It has all of the documents needed. This is major surgery after all. But that is all done now. I've worked very hard in my life for the things I have. Heaven knows I don't want the state taking acre of my estate. Not that it's much but it's mine.
When I decided to have this surgery, I prayed about it. I am a firm believer in that God puts people and events in the path of our lives for a reason. Once I made the decision to have surgery, things just started to fall into place in my life to allow it the go forward.
So here I go, the rebirth of my life. Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I talk to you all Post op.
April 26, 2003
Well, It's been a little over 2 weeks since surgery. I had a small complication after surgery, I developed pneumonia and had to stay in the hospital a full week. I've been home a little more then a week and feeling pretty good. I'm on pureed foods, which is really hard to get use to but I'm managing. I find that I have to make myself eat. I never really hungry like I use to be. Food has become a necessity and not a luxury. That will take some getting use to. Change in behavior and habits takes time but I'm 20 pounds lighter and looking froward to more. I actually am looking forward to getting on the scale. So begins my new life.
June 15, 2003
Well, I'm 2 months post op and I feel great. I have lost 55 pounds. It is amazing the things I can do now. I can put on my shoes without put them on the side of the bed. I think I've even lost weight in my feet, my shoes fit better. I have found shirts I couldn't where for 2 years...now they fit. I can get off the couch without help or pushing on the arm. I fit in my car better. I saw my diabetes doctor this week...GONE, NO MORE DIABETES. Just 55 pounds and I feel this good, it is hard to imagine losing another 100 or 150 pounds. I won't know what do do with myself.
I work at a television station and our medical reporter has done 3 stories so far on my experiences. Two before surgery and 1 after. I am amazed at the response I've gotten. For most of my career I hid from the camera because of my weight and now I'm talking about it to all of Mississippi. If you had asked me if I would ever do something like this, I'd have bet a million dollars..No Way! But here I am.
I never realized I was depressed about my weight. I mean I never really let it stand in my way, at least no consciously. I do know that I have lost jobs because of my size but I would rationalize it to something else.
No I'm seeing my life with new eyes. It's like being born all over again. I thank God for each and everyday, good and bad.
November 3, 2003
Sorry I haven't updated anyone in so long. I got busy back with my life. What a whirlwind the last few months have been. I have lost a total of 129 pounds in 6 1/2 months. I can't tell you what a difference this surgery has made in my life. My whole future is brighter. I'm am more active and happier then I have been in a very long time. I have created a website to chronicle my WLS. Please take a look. http://wls.krventerprises.com
March 3, 2004
Sorry it has been so long since I have written anything. It has just been a whirlwind of a year. I have dropped 156 pounds, going from 350 to 194. I have 44 pounds left to my goal weight. My weight loss has slowed down tremendously, but I'm trying to keep a positive attitude. I have added weight training to my exercise routine and am planning to start swimming soon. I'm hoping to be at my goal weight by august so I can have a tummy tuck and breast lift this winter. I already have a great deal of hanging skin and not looking forward to the hot Mississippi summer and the heat rashes, but hopefully with it all documented I can get my insurance to approve the surgery. Anyway, I look forward to my 1 year anniversary. I feel extremely blessed to have had this surgery and am looking forward o my future.
Wow, I haven't updated anything here is forever. I guess life just took off. My life over the last 21 months since my surgery has done a complete 180. So many things in my life have changed. I've started dating again, something I haven't done in a very long time. I've met some real duds out there too. I'm beginning to wonder if I waited too long to date. Most of the men I meet have so much baggage these days. But I do like getting out more. I've joined a book club and have decided to make a "date" with myself each week. I either got o a nice restaurant for dinner, a movie or a club to listen to some live music. It has been very enlightening for me. I think just getting out there instead of hiding in my house has been a great big step for me. So I will just keep working at it. It's just nice to know that I'm going to be here to enjoy it.
I have had a weight problem for most of my adult life. I have allowed my weight to control my life. On April 11, 2003, I took back that control and was reborn. I have been told that we will always remember certain dates that happen in our lives. For me I have 2 birthdays....the day I was born, December 12th, and the day I was reborn, April 11th.
On Friday, April 11, 2003, I had weight loss surgery, Duodenal Switch to be specific. This is the most significant decision I have ever made in my life, not an easy decision mind you. This website is going to serve as my record of this journey. I truly feel that my life started over on April 11th. I have never really talked about my weight problem even though it was right there staring everyone in the face. I would see overweight people and tell myself "At least I'm not that big." But I was. Denial is a nice place to visit but you can't live there forever.
I am doing this website because I feel a kind of obligated to tell my story. When I started this journey, I asked God for any assistance in making this happen and if it did, that I would be fine and have no problems. And my prayers were answered, so I want to help those who are thinking of this surgery to maybe answer some questions or family members of someone who has had or is thinking about it. Sometimes it just helps to hear someone elses' experience.