Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I have been obese all of my life, in fact I have never spent one single day of my life as a thin or "average weight" person. Years went by and my weight continued to grow until I reached 438lbs.
When I was in the 200 lb and low 300lb range, I was still able to function well, and had a reasonably good social life. But once I began entering the high 300's and beyond, my quality of life became compromised severely. I could not fit into many public places, I could not move, I could not breathe. I began to withdraw from the world and began living a very solitary and lonely existence. Lets face it, no matter how open minded people are, there is something about a 438lb body that offends people in a way that I still can not comprehend.
As with most bariatric patients, I had tried every concievable diet out there with limited to no results.
I had always been dead agains bariatric surgery because I knew a co worker who had died from the surgery and I heard nothing but bad things about it. But, with my health in rapid decline, the onset of diabetes, and just a general loss of most of the quality of my life I felt surgery was something worth at least looking further into.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
I think there are two issues that were worse for me about being overweight.
One, was my health. I just could not participate in life's activites at the level I deeply wished I could.
The other, is the social stigma of obesity. The level of predjudice and abuse the morbidly obese are subjected to is inhumane and worst of all - socially acceptable
If you have had weight loss surgery already, what things do you most enjoy doing now that you weren't able to do before?
I dont have to plan my activities around how much walking is involved or whether or not I will fit in the seats of whatever venue I am headed to.
One of the first things I wanted to do when I realized I was small enough and could handle the walking was to go to Disneyland. It is probably 20 years since I have been able to go there because I could not walk the park and was certain that I could not fit in the majority of rides.
It is also great just to be able to get out and walk through the mall or through my neighborhood and have it be a pleasant experience instead of a painful chore.