Hi! My name is Brigette, I'm 32 years old, 5'7 and 298 lbs. My story is the same as alot of you here. I've been overweight my entire adult life, except for a brief period about 10 years ago when I lost down to 175 with the Atkins diet along with Didrex and Phentremine. As some of you may agree, the Atkins diet is pretty tough to stick to, and before I knew it the weight came creeping back, plus some and I've been steadily gaining since then.
I had just about resigned myself to being fat forever, but recently my weight has started taking its toll on my body. My joint pain and shortness of breath is getting worse and my self esteem has officially hit rock bottom. I've been avoiding regular Dr. visits for years because I didn't want to be lectured on my weight, so I could have some other medical problems yet to be seen.
I've been considering this surgery for about a year now, but about a month ago I made up my mind to go for it. Like so many of you, I feel like I am simply existing, not living my life, and that makes me sad. We are only here for a few short years and I've wasted alot of mine being miserable. I know the risks and they scare the hell out me but its a chance I'm ready to take. I have the support of my family and friends which I am very grateful for.
I'm ready to feel like a normal person! There are so many things I've been denying myself and so much I want to experience!
So I have an appt with my doctor (long time no see) and I'm hoping for medical clearance. My first consult with Dr.Suggs in Decatur, AL is scheduled for Dec.5 2006. I'm hoping things can move along quickly after that, I'm ready to do this TODAY!
Below are my progress pictures.... this latest is 3 months out, down 60 lbs.