Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I was an overweight child and became an obese adolescent and adult. I experienced a huge weight gain on the occasion of my marriage, ballooning up to 217 pounds. Unfortunately, I have never been able to get and keep my weight under 225 for more than six months. In spite of multiple efforts at dieting including HCG shots, Weight Watchers, Grapefruit, Cabbage Soup, Cambridge, many over the counter diets (Dexitrim, Hoodia, etc.), Slimfast, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Hypnosis, Registered Dietician and Personal Trainer, Medifast, medically supervised VCL diet, Shaklee Shakes, Oprah/Bob Greene diet. With each attempt I have lost some weight, however when the diet effort stops, the weight comes back, often more. When I applied for consideration to the Duke WLS program I weighed 248.7 pounds and struggles with even daily activities such as exercising, bending over, tying shoes, even taking care of personal hygiene issues. I was interested in effective weight loss to improve her quality of life and address health concerns such as, Type 2 Diabetes, sleep apnea, hypercholesterolemia, strong family history of coronary artery disease and stroke.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
The diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes and the complications associated with that diagnosis were the catylist for my persuing WLS. I had 'come to terms' with being fat many years ago, but in all honesty, I was just settling. I think that the worst thing about my obesity was not being comfortable in my own body; with that I mean physically and psychologically comfortable. I also think that it affects me now that I have lost the weight because I will always have the scars of the obesity with me, be it the excess skin that I currently have or if I am fortunate, the scars resulting from plastic surgery.
If you have had weight loss surgery already, what things do you most enjoy doing now that you weren't able to do before?
clothes shopping, walking, just being more able to be more active in general. I have sooo much more endurance and energy; that makes everything better and easier.