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I was not an overweight child, but after I hit puberty I was always about 10 to 20 pounds overweight until I went to college. I had a major bout with depression and started gaining weight. I dropped out of college after 3 semesters and really packed on the pounds. I had always been very athletic and ate accordingly. I stopped being active and continued to eat the same way. I ballooned to 266 at my heaviest.
My Mom's side of the family are all obese. My Mom was always obese while I was growing up. She had a procedure done in 1990 called Gastric Segmentation. The procedure worked very well for her. I decided in 1992 after trying everything in the book I would go to Houston and have the procedure as well. I lost right at 100 pounds without any effort. I always felt like I needed to lose lose another 20 to 30 pounds. I never really ate and exercised like I was supposed to.
Then in 1997 I met and married my wonderful husband. I was so happy and we ate out a lot. He majorly spoiled me. I started gaining weight. I had my first child in 1998 and gained and just kept on going. It took me a while but I eventually gained it all back and then some. I was never very successful at losing weight with dieting but it didn't stop me from trying. I can't tell you how much money I wasted on different programs.
In 2005, my PCP, suggested looking into Bariatric Surgery. She told me that even if I lost all the weight with dieting and exercise that their was a 90% chance I would gain it all back. That really blew my mind. I asked her since I had already had the other surgery would someone be willing to help me. She said she would. I decided to look into it. I made some phone calls and found that some would and some wouldn't. I researched and pondered the idea. I ultimately decided I wanted to go ahead try it the old fashioned way again.
Well it's 2 years later and I am about 30 pounds heavier. My husband and I agreed so I started researching again. I went to 3 different seminars. I ultimately decided to go ahead. I found a Dr. through a word of mouth referral from a nurse and her daughter who is also a nurse who had Gastic Bypass surgery and had been very successful. Over the last year I met so many people who have had Gastric Bypass surgery and all seem to be doing great. I jumped through all of the insurance hoops with the 3 month diet, Psych Eval, Dietician, Diet journal, Stress Echo, PCP Letter, and a few others. Believe it or not the hardest part was the letter from my PCP who suggested the surgery in the first place.
I am only 37 years old but I feel like I am, well lets just say a lot older. I am not active enough with my kids, and I hurt when I sleep. I am relatively healthy, but I know if I stay as heavy as I am I will develop major problems. My Mom also gained all her weight back and she has so many health issues now. I want to do this now before I have those same problems. I want to be the healthy Mom my kids deserve and see myself as my husband already does. I have that whole if I knew then what I know now thing on my side, because now I know and I am wholeheartedly dedicated to being the best me I can be. I know I can't do it alone but I feel like with God's help and finding this forum all things are possible!
I am scheduled to have my revision on July 11th, 2007. I have really found these forums to be invaluable. I had started to freak out a little until I started skulking around last week. Just know that all the questions and banter really make a difference to people out there. Thanks to all!