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Where do I begin? So here is what I'll do to get started. I had to write an essay for when I first met with my surgeon, so I'll copy and paste it in here.
I have been heavy, overweight and obese most of my life. Since puberty and when hormones kicked in, I have been battling my weight in one way or another. My current weight impacts my life in many different ways, first it was socially, and now over time, I am starting to see impacts to my health. I was recently told by my Dr. that I am now pre-diabetic, which has me quite worried as adult onset diabetes does run in my family. I knew my cholesterol was a little high, but did not know how high until the recent lab work was done this last January, I am reluctant to take medication for this as I’ve seen the side effects it has on my family. On a daily basis, I am able to get through an average work day, however, once I am home, I am completely exhausted and need the remainder of the day and night to recover and then get up and do it all over again. I’ve gotten to the point that I really don’t like to go shopping which is something I have enjoyed in the past. I do take medication for hypothyroidism, which I feel also slows me down (not the medication). I think I now snore at night, as I have caught myself waking up after feeling that I was snorting. I used to be quite active and did a lot of hiking, walking and other types of outdoor activities; however, I do not enjoy them as much. I make myself walk 20-30 minutes a week, but, do not have the energy to do anything else. I do enjoy food and have been trying to limit myself. Things that trigger me to eat are stress, and boredom. I am supposed to be taking a couple of work related trainings in other states that would require me to fly. I am reluctant to do this as the last time I flew (March 2010), I could barely fit in my plane seat. I have been extremely involved in managing wildland fires as a public information officer over the last 20 years; I have recently resigned from my fire team as I no longer have the energy to be managing information on fires for 16 hour days every day of the week during the summer. I would love to get more involved in my community, however, I am very self conscious of my weight and size, as well as don’t have the energy to get involved.