I have been overweight since birth,OR as my grandmother and her friends would say "She sure is a HEALTHY girl!" I'm not one that has been ridaculed against or made fun of,I was pretty popular in high school. You know one of those that felt like they needed to be funny and bubbly all the time,to make up for being fat!!! My heart goes out to the kids in school now. What torment that must be!! ANYWAY, I am so excitted about my new life I'll be starting Jan.20,2003!!!!! I have never wanted anything so bad!!!My family has been SO supportive,my husband's not so excited, he is really worried about the risks involved.He says he would rather have me like this than not at all. You gotta love for that!!! Wish me luck!!!****1/20/04**** Well it has been a year today!!!!! I have posted somewhere in the past,,,,,I have NO idea where it is. I even posted about my time in the hospital. Anyway, I haven't done as well losing weight as others have. I haven't had a single complication since I had the surgery. I can eat WHATEVER I want and hardly ever dump. I have lost 95lbs. I haven't worked out like I should have. This surgery is a tool and I have abussed it. I am getting on track though. It's been a year and the HONEYMOON is over!!!!!!!!! I feel wonderful about myself. I was in a 26/28 and XXL&XXXL Men's Polo Shirts. I GAVE ALL OF THOSE AWAY!!!!!!!! woohoo!!!!!!!!! I can now wear a Size 15 in Levi's. (JUNIORS!!!) And an XL and Large in Women's blouses. I can wear a medium in Sweat pants and a Large in the top. I feel so much Confidence in myself. I can go in ANYWHERE and not stare at the floor when I walk thru. My head is held high now. My goal is to weigh 140lbs. I am going to try and lose this other 60lbs. by June.
y husband and family have been such GREAT supporters!!!!!! My friends have cheered me on from day one. I have been so blessed and I know that. I will get back on track and use this great tool I've been given. If you have any questions about this surgery, I will gladly answer them for you. It has changed my life.
2/18/04 Well I FINALLY lost that 100lbs. I now weigh 196 lbs. By the way, I am 5"3. I started out at 298lbs. I feel better every day. I'm thinking I might have a hernie though. When I do sit ups, After about 10 of them a lump comes up below my incision about the size of an orange. It seems to go up long ways too?????hummmmmmm. Maybe it's just my new tummy. I'll have it checked out. It doesn't hurt. Just wanted to update a little. I have been so bad about that. Take Care of Yourself. *****11/28/04***** Hello All, It's been awhile since I've posted. I have been on the go since having the surgery. I have lost 130lbs so far. I have 38lbs. to be at my goal of 130lbs. I weigh 168lbs. I am 5'3. I am wearing a size 10-12 jean now. I can wear XL-L tops. I need a tummy tuck really bad. Hopefully that will come after my husband and I have a baby. We are trying now. I eat whatever I want, have from the time I could start eating solids. I haven't had the complications alot of others have, THANK GOODNESS!!!!!! My life has changed for the better. I am back to my old self. I do still have reservations about wearing clingy clothes, I am always wearing those baggy sweat shirts. When I get rid of this tummy maybe I will feel secure enough to wear tight clothes. This surgery has been such a blessing for me. If you have any questions or would just like to talk,E-mail me!!!!! Take Care!!!! UPDATE *** 2/17/05*** It has now been 2 years and almost 1 month since my New Life has started. I have lost 132lbs. I still want to lose another 26 lbs. I started out at 298lbs. Today I weigh 166lbs. I am 5"3. I can wear a size 10 now. If I had a tummy tuck, I would easly be able to wear an 8. I am starting work now looking into the whole tummy tuck ordeal. I need a body makeover!!!! hahahaha What we do to our bodies being so overweight is horrible!! This surgery has been such a blessing. I am not the same person I was 2 years ago. I love the new me!! ***************11/23/05**********Well it's been awhile. I am now at 155lbs. I have 15 more lbs. to go to be at my first goal of 140lbs. I will see how I like myself at that weight then go from there. I can wear a size 8 now!!!! WOOHOO!!!! I am actually liking how I look in clothes now. I can't believe I still don't have all of my weight off, It's been almost 3 years. I lost 3 more lbs. this week. Atleast it's still coming off. Never give up on the ride. You will have months at a time that you don't lose. This has been such a blessing for me. I am now the person I never thought I could be, Confident,Happy,Great self asteam. I love dressing up now just to go to the grocery store. My hair and makeup are always done. What a difference from 3 years ago.
Surgeon: John Alexander, M.D.
It's hard to believe this is
me!! I didn't see myself like
this at all!!
What a difference 3 years and
140 lost makes!!
I had heard of only great things about Dr.A so I wasn't really nervous about seeing him. It did surprise me when he came in with scrubs and cowboy boots on!! I had researched alot before the meeting so he really didn't tell anything I didn't already know. I didn't even think to ask about aftercare and he didn't mention it,I figuerd that would come after APPROVEL anyway. His office staff has ALWAYS been wonderful to me. Poor Anne I have put that woman thru HELL!! I'm sur she'll be glad for me to hurry and get the surgery so I will stop calling her 5 times a day with questions!!!!! He didn't meantion alot about the risks of surgery only the benefits. I guess I really can't rate him yet seeing that I've only talked with him for about 30 minutes.I will post more when I talk with him on Jan.13,2003
Union Labor Life Ins. Co., Texas ironworkers Health Benef
This insurance was wonderful. They told me what I needed and when I finally got everything together they asked for it was approved!!!!