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Surgeon TestimonialJohn K. Wright, Jr. M.D.When I first met Dr. Wright, I could tell that he was an extremely professional man. He went right into telling me all the risk of the surgeries and did not sugar coat anything. I felt very secure with my decision to have Dr. Wright as my surgeon from the beginning. I dont want any sugar coating on anything and he didnt do that. There is not alot of an aftercare program. He expects you to be educated and informed when making the decision to have this surgery. During my hospital stay, I didnt see Dr. Wright very many times, but he had resident doctors that made many, many visits daily to my room. Each of the residents was very compassionate and caring. They was more than willing to help me with any concerns or questions that I had. I would give Dr. Wright a 10. I thank God that I had such a well practiced and professional surgeon on my side.
- Humor - Laughter is important.
- Parenting - My son is the most important person in the world!
- Fishing - I was raised around fishing and hunting.
- Football - Go Vols! Go Titans!
- Comedy - I love comedies. I love to laugh.
- Country - Country music rocks!
- LPN - I work in correctional facilities!
2 year anniversary on November 7, 2008 9:02 am
Wow its already been 2 years!!!! Time has flown by. This surgery has been the best thing I have done for myself. I knew I would drop some weight but I had no idea how much I would lose. I cant begin to describe the changes this surgery has brought to me. Before my surgery, I was taking medicine for my sugar, my high blood pressure, and my thyroid. I havent taken a pill or a shot for any of these since the day I left the hospital from my surgery. I have my blood drawn from time to time and all my levels are normal and in range. My worst addiction before my surgery was sodas. I have not drank a single soda in 2 years and I dont miss them one bit. I know I could have them again but I refuse to start back on that habit again. My family and friends couldnt be more happy and supportive for me. I still run across people that I havent seen in a long time and alot of the time I have to reintroduce myself to them because they dont recognize me. When they ask me how I lost my weight, I proudly tell them about the surgery that I had and proudly show them my scar if they want to see it. I had open instead of lap and I tell them that my scar is my scar of honor and I wear it proudly. That is one battle scar that I want the world to see. My best friends sister had the surgery a few months ago and she is doing awesome. She called me before the surgery wanting to talk to me about my experience and I was honored to be able to tell her a few pointers and help her thru her fears. Now my best friend is trying to get it. I am in her corner all the way in what ever she decides to do. My aunt is trying to get the surgery as well and I talk to her when ever I can about the surgery. I always refer someone that I talk to about the surgery to this website. This website helped me sooooo much when I was trying to get approved. There is NOTHING that this website doesnt cover about the surgeries. I have chatted and got to know so many great and kind people here. This surgery has also helped my Multiple Sclerois. I am able to move around better since I have lost the weight and moving around is important with this disease. I never ever want to forget where I started from though. Its so sad how in todays society obese people are treated. Some look at an obese person and look down on them and think that they are nasty and lazy which is FAR FAR FAR from the truth. I think in the back of my mind, I will ALWAYS think of myself as a plus size girl. I still go in clothing stores and catch myself going to the plus size clothes or I will look at something and think that will never fit on me. I just feel like I need to reach out to people and let them know that the horror stories that they hear about this surgery is not true. Yes sometimes bad things happen but bad things can happen with ANYTHING. I dont force my story on anyone but if they are curious and want to ask questions, I glad answer anything they want to ask. My 13 yr old son is battling obesity right now and I am doing all I can to help him and support him. I dont want him going thru life and feeling the pain and hurt like I did. He is so proud of me. He told me one day that I was one of the skinniest moms in his class now. lol I dont know what my future holds for me but I can tell you that it DOSENT hold a future of obesity. If I can tell anything one thing, I would tell them to never give up on your dreams. All things are possible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Been a while on March 26, 2008 1:07 pm
Gosh I didnt realize how long its been since I have posted a blog. I have really been slipping on this. Its been a crazy year so far. First of all let me say that this surgery has been the most wonderful thing I have ever or will ever do for myself. I started this journey at 320 pounds and I am down to 160 pounds. I have literally lost half of myself. I have to reintroduce myself to family and friends sometimes if they havent seen me in a while. Its a great feeling for people to tell me that I am skinny and dont need to lose anymore weight. All my life I have always been told about the new diets or the healthy habits that I should try. The best thing that I have been told (and I am sure we all have) is "you have such a pretty face" lol I have always been the fattest person of my family. Now I am not marked as that person. My MS is up and down and I battle with that daily. I use to stress over the least little thing but I have come to realize that whatever happens is going to happen and theres not a thing I can do about it. There has been so much death and sorrow in my family recently. I know that God doesnt put on you no more than you can handle but good grief I have had more than my share!! lol I had a great uncle to pass away. He didnt even realize he was sick but dropped dead with a stomach aneurism. Then after that I had an aunt to accidently overdose on her medicines and was found dead in her bed. Then after that a very dear friend that was close to my heart died of cancer that had spread all over her body and went to her brain before it was found. Nowwwww my grandfather is dying. Just over the past 24 hours, the family has been called in. Hes on hospice and at home but not doing very well at all. He could go any minute of any day. He always wrote poetry when he was younger so I have attempted to write on in his memory. I LOVE YOU GRANDPOP!!!!!
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Bobby Jackson was his name
Fishing and loving his family was the name of his game
He was a strong and kind man
Always willing to give a helping hand
He never had much money and had to work till he thought his hands would bleed
But to him his wife and his children was all the reward he would ever need
People who knew him knew a wonderful man
He always had that kind touch that came from his hand
Some of us called him daddy, some of us called him grandpop,and some of us just called him friend
But we all called him wonderful all the way to the end
We was all blessed to have the opportunity to have him in our lives each day
We always took to heart each word he had to say
God has took a true angel home to be with him now
We all miss him dearly and to go on we arent sure how
He loved us all dearly with all of his heart
Even through death we all know that his love will never part
We will always love and miss you and wanted you to stay around
But God has you now in his arms with all of his love abound.
Rest in peace granddaddy till we see you again
In Gods presence with that love that never ends
Granddaddy wrote a lot of poems all wonderful and true
I'm just trying to give him one last and final poem that was way overdue
He suffered in the end with his pain and sorrow
But now there will be no more pain tomorrow
Your memories and love will always live on
For we shall keep them alive until every last Jackson is gone
Our hearts are heavy from your passing
But we take comfort in knowing your in Gods angels with his love ever lasting
My anniversary!! on November 6, 2007 5:56 pm
Wow, its so hard to believe that its already been a year since my surgery. This past year has been full of ups and downs. I am maintaining at my goal give or take about 5 pounds. If I stay this size, thats perfectly ok with me. I would like to lose 20 more pounds or so but if i dont then thats ok. My family and friends are actually telling me to stop losing weight. All my life I have had people telling me that I have such a pretty face and if i could just lose some weight I would be a knock out. Well I am far from a knock out but I do feel much more confident about myself and more happy with myself. I have dropped around 150 pounds from my heighest weight. Thats freakin awesome!!! Never ever did I imagine that I would be at a smaller weight than I was in junior high school. My Multiple Sclerosis has slowed down right now. THANK GOD!! Thats my only health complaint these days. I know that this surgery saved my life in more ways than one. My dad finished his chemo therapy and is now getting ready to start his radiation. His doctor says he feels like he will be cancer free after the radiation is done. I am praying for that to happen. I have a new great nephew born September 7, 2007. His name is Bryson Kyle Roberson and hes just the most precious thing. I lost an aunt a few weeks ago. She was found dead in her bed by her grandchildren. It was a total shock to the family and devistated us all. I know shes in a better place now and not suffering anymore though. My grandfather is on hospice and not doing very well. Hes tired of fighting and ready to rest. I dont blame him at all. I will miss him dearly but I understand that his body is giving up on him. Theres been alot of trials and tribulations thru this year but I can thank God and my surgeon that I am healthy enough to withstand these things in my life. I cant wait to see what the next year hold for me. My son is so proud of me and tells me how great I look all the time. Hes battling obesity himself and I am doing my best to try to help him defeat it before it goes into his adulthood. Hes a great kid and so full of life. Hes my rock and what keeps me going thru this hard life.
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When it rains it pours! on August 30, 2007 5:30 pm
Its been a while since I have wrote anything. Life has been so busy for me. My mom moved home from Florida and has moved in with me for a while. YAY!!! I love having mom around to spoil me. lol My niece is expecting her first child and she has been having a few contractions but we have YET to have a baby! My father was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma which is a blood cancer. He has recently started his chemo and his hair is beginning to fall out. Today he shaved his hair off because he is waking up with clumps of hair on his pillow. They had to remove a tumor off of his spine and he hasnt been able to do much because of that. Its hard to see my father going thru this. He has always been the type to never ever stay still. He is always going somewhere. If the chemo and radiation doesnt work then he will have to have stem cell replacement. His morale is really down right now. I'm praying that all of this trouble will be behind him soon. My weight loss has started to stall. Thats fine with me because I am at my goal weight. I wouldnt mind losing another 20 pounds or so but if i dont, thats perfectly ok with me. I havent had any caffeine since my surgery on November 6, 2006. I dont miss it. The sugar is a different story. I catch myself sneaking around and eating a piece of candy or a cookie. I'm really trying hard not to fall back into that old routine but its soooooooooo hard. lol I guess I cant complain as long as I stay at my goal weight. My multiple sclerosis is about the same. Its so frustrating sometimes. Its affected my memory and my balance. I want to start walking so badly but right now I just cant. I had a nerve test run and was told that I have bad nerve damage on my left leg from my knee to my foot. Thats causing the drop foot that I have. I was told that it could take as long as a year for it to completely heal. My body aches and tingles constantly. I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy. I try to stay strong though. There are days that I feel like I just cant go on. I always try to remember that tomorrow is a new day!
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GOAL~~~ on July 17, 2007 11:04 am
These past few weeks has been an emotional rollercoaster ride for me. My multiple sclerosis is still acting up but I remain hopeful. I have an appt with a MS clinic on monday and hopefully they will be able to help me. I fell about three weeks ago because my left foot has been numb and has caused what is called "drop foot". My ankle swelled up very badly and was painful. I went to the emergency room and was told that I tore all the ligaments and chipped a bone. I have been in a boot cast and on crutches for the past three weeks. I go for a check up tomorrow so i'm hoping they will let me take off the cast and go without the crutches. As far as my weight is concerned, I AM AT GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I never thought this day would get here but it has. I am now weighing 176 and have a BMI of 24.5. For me this is a lifetime achievement. I never thought this day would get here. I didnt even weigh that in Junior High School. I love the new me (saggy skin and all!!!!!) Things are definately looking up for me!
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My Story 11/21/05- I have been battling weight most of my life. Some years have been worse than others. I think 2005 has been the worst year of my life so far. My weight has went higher on me for one thing. In May of this year, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was one of the most horrifying things I have had to deal with. There is no cure for this disease, only treatment. The treatment is not guaranteed to stop it. Every person with MS is different. I sit and worry about things such as " Will I be able to stand proudly and watch my son graduate?" " When my son has children of his own, will I be able to wrap my arms around my grandchildren?" I have went thru severe depression and questioned God many many times. I am now at the point where I want to do something about this. I know that losing weight and making myself healthier will also help my MS. Right now with the weight and the MS, I am unable to exercise. I stay tired 24/7. I have no will to want to do much of anything but hide in my house. I talk to God daily and ask him to please let me get approved for this surgery. I feel like this might be my last hope to being healthy again. On December 9th, I will be going to the seminar at Vanderbilt Hospital. Then, on December 12th, I have an appt with the NP for the initial evaluation. I'm excited but trying not to get my hopes up in any way. I have not had the best of luck latey.
December 20, 2005- Tonight I attended my seminar for the Lapband. The doctors name is Dr. Walter Rose. I was very impressed with him. He also had some of this staff with him. Everyone was extremely helpful and was willing to answer any questions that anyone had. Dr. Rose said he would stay as long as he needed, to answer any private questions that anyone might have. Dr. Rose is a strong believer of aftercare. One of the things that impressed me was the aftercare program. After your surgery, they want you to work out in their fitness area. They appoint you a personal trainer to work with and help you with cardiovascular and strengthing exercises. Its a private center and only WLS patients workout there. The first three months of this is free. If you want to continue with this fitness, they give you a special fee you can pay every month or they will help you find a gym closer to you that you can be comfortable with. I want this soooooooooo badly. I want to be healthy again for myself AND my son! I have to keep the faith that I will be approved. I refuse to give up.
12/30/05- Christmas has come and gone. I had a really nice Christmas but I am glad its over. All the food!!!!! I have been on FMLA from work since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Well right before Christmas, my company was nice enough to call me and let me know that they are terminating my employment because I have used all of my FMLA. What a Christmas present huh???????? They informed me that when I was able to return to work, I can reapply and they would gladly rehire me. Yeah right! Like I will be going back there!
My PCP has been totally awesome with assisting me in trying to get this WLS approved. I dont know how I was lucky enough to find someone like her that I can be totally happy with and totally trust all her judgements. I found her when I was diagnosed with my MS. She has been in my corner thru everything. She was helping me even when I didnt want to help myself.
I have filled out all of my packet that I can. Now all I can do is wait for my consult visit. It seems like such a long time away, but it will be worth it in the long run.
1/01/06- Happy New Year! I never like to make New Years Resolutions because most of the time I never stick to them. This year WILL be different though. My New Years Resolutions is to have the lapband surgery, lose an insane amt of weight, spend lots of time with my son, find happiness within myself again. All these things are obtainable this year. I even cooked blackeyed peas, turnip greens and hog jowl for good luck today! lol I pray that this year is a new beginning for me and my son.
01/23/06- I was scheduled to have my first visit with my surgeon tomorrow but due to things beyond my control, the appt was rescheduled to 02/07/06. I am a little bit disappointed, but I figure that I have been fat for years and years so a couple more weeks isnt going to hurt me! I love reading the message boards here. I cant wait until I can post a message telling everyone that I am on the losing side with the rest of them!
04/23/06- I am trying to get my profile updated and also trying to see if I can post pictures here! I will update more later. In the meantime, I HOPE for pictures of my son to be seen below this!
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04/26/06- Well, here I go again. Its been quite a while since I have posted anything. The reason for that is because of my insurance troubles. I lost my BCBS when I was terminated from my job due to my Multiple Sclerosis. Now I am on JohnDeere TennCare. I tried to find a surgeon that accepted this insurance but I couldnt find one in the whole state of Tennessee. So now, my PCP is writing me an out of network referral. My insurance has found Dr John Wright at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He has agreed to accept me thru out of network referral. My PCP is in the process of writing me a letter of medical necessity to fax to Dr Wrights office. I am going to call Vanderbilt tomorrow and go ahead and get me set up for their seminar. That will be one thing out of the way. I really hope that it will happen this time. I am starting to get discouraged. All I can do now is pray and wait. God I hate the waiting game! lol
5/01/06- I think my PCP has finally got all the paperwork to Dr. Wright's office. I am scheduled for a consult on July 19th. That seems so very far away, but I figured that if I have been fat for this long, then I can go a few more months. May is going to be a very hard month for me. I lost my grandfather one year ago on May 5th. I started having symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis on May 7th, which is also the same day we buried my grandfather. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and put in the hospital on May 21st. My baby will be turning 11 on May 9th. My grandfathers birthday would have been May 27th. My dad and my nieces birthday are both on May 6th. So as you can see, its going to be a total emotional rollercoaster ride this month. I have my possible WLS to keep me moving forward though. I love celebrating my sons birthdays, he always gets way to much from me. He is so spoiled. Guess thats one of the perks of being an only child.
July 12, 2006- My consult with Dr Wright is one week from today. I have my psych evaluation completed and all of my paperwork turned in. All I am waiting on now is the consult and for them to turn everything in to my insurance. I am trying really hard not to get my hopes up until I hear something from my insurance, but its so hard not to. This surgery can change my whole life. I need this surgery for my health. Within the past two months, I have been diagnosed with diabetes, bad thyroid, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, bad gall bladder, and the list goes on. I am just going to leave everything in God's hands. He knows whats best for me. I just hope that I get approved!
September 14, 2006- I swear this journey has been the wildest rollercoaster ride of my life! I have had appointment after appointment for my consult with the surgeon, only for each one to be cancelled due to some kind of information needed. I THINK and PRAY that everything needed has been turned in now. I received a call from Dr. Wrights assistant, wanting to schedule another appointment. She said she now has everything needed in order to turn in to my insurance company. She asked me when I could come, I told her to name the time and I would be there with bells on! She asked if there was anyway I could come tomorrow and my answer was YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Soooooo, I have to be at the doctors office tomorrow morning at 9:30am for my evaluation for surgery. I pray to God that this journey is coming to an end. I have been discouraged and let down so many times recently over all of this. I just dont think I have any more fight left in me if it doesnt happen this time. All I can do right now is turn it over to the good Lord and hope that everything comes out ok.
September 15, 2006- I met Dr Wright today. I was very pleased with him. Hes very professional and doesnt beat around the bush about anything. Hes very up front about all of the possible risk, including death. He is very indepth about everything because he wants you to really realize the steps that you are attempting to make. Now its just a waiting game. Waiting for the surgeons office to get all the paperwork together to send in to my insurance for approval. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
October 11, 2006- I called my insurance company today and found out that I HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR SURGERY! I cant even begin to describe the joy and the other feelings that filled me when I heard those wonderful words. This is a chapter of my life that I need so badly. Not just for myself, but for my son as well. He is also battling obesity at 11 years old. I want to help myself so I can help him. I dont want him to struggle thru life with a weight issue hanging over his head. I knew I would be thrilled if I ever heard that I was approved, but I never imagined the feelings that I would have. I cant stop crying!!!! lol I am ready ready ready for this phase of my life. All I can say is THANK YOU GOD!!!!!
October 13, 2006- I talked with my surgeons office today. My surgery has been scheduled for November 7th!!!!!!!! I cant tell you how totally excitied and thrilled that I am. I have really got to start getting myself in gear now. I havent even started thinking about protein things or anything like that. woo hooo Losers HERE I COME!