9 years - mine to claim!
Just like my birthday, I’ve been claiming my surgiversary for about a month now. Today officially marks 9 years post-op from the Duodenal Switch. I have regained only 14% back from my lowest weight that only bothers me because my clothing size is no longer a single digit. I’m told now that I look perfectly healthy, and I feel that way too.
- Vitamins are a habit and not a big deal at all.
- Eating 100g of protein is easy.
- I’ve only been ill 3 times in the last 9 years. My immune system is incredible!
- One giant BM every day – that’s it.
- I’ve nailed down most foods that give me gas, so it’s rarely a problem.
- I eat normal small-ish meals, but large enough so nobody guesses I ever had wls.
- I still don’t “exercise” – never did – but I enjoy active living.
I have to tell you all that I feel like a regular person these days. I am no longer obsessed with my weight, or DS living. I’m just me and very happy with myself. I will always feel grateful that I discovered the DS.
There is room on this earth for all of God's creatures..
next to the mashed potatoes
I am 5 years this month and remember how important your posts/advice were when I was both researching the DS and post-op. I was so excited when I saw your before and after photos. It gave me hope because we had similar body structures. I couldn't imagine then looking as good as you did. Congrats on your 9 years and success story.
P.S. I'm a size 12 and love it!
That is wonderful...and I think what all of us strive for...just to live a normal life.
For the moment and just as I was before my sleeve surgery i'm obsessed and preoccupied with all things to do with the surgery and life immediately after. I know in time I'll get back to my normal...whatever that is! ha!
You, though, are a great testimony to what it SHOULD be like down the road.
Congrats Val on your surgiversary! 9 yrs. I remember you from researching back in '07. I'm 6.5 yrs out and love my DS, because I look and feel normal and healthy. Thank you for staying around here and still helping.
HW/225 - 5'1" ~ SW/205/after surgery 215 ~ CW/145~ BMI-25.8~Normal BMI 132 ~DS Dr Rabkin 4/17/08
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I'm so happy for you Valerie! You've been an inspiration ever since I got switched 17 months ago and have provided invaluable feedback and advice. For that, I am very grateful.
Thank you! And here's to another 9!
on 10/31/14 3:26 pm - Saskatoon, Canada