1 year ago...

Apr 02, 2010

It has now been more than one year since my surgery.   I got asked if I would have the surgery again?  I am glad I don't have to.  It was hard.  Was it worth it?  Are you kidding me?  Totally worth it! 

The GOOD:  I weight 125 pounds.  I eat like a truck driver and indulge in my favorite junk food and still lose weight!  I live by a few rules:  diet drinks, milk or water ONLY and eat protein first.  Thats it.  The way my husband looks at me now if unbelievable.  He does not recognize me a lot which cracks me up.  He will be waiting for me to come out of the grocery store and just sit there in the truck because he does not realize that it is me.  Our love life is amazing which makes this surgery so worth any sacrafice. 

The BAD:  I am weak.  I am afraid I suffer from the same muscular dystrophy the rest of my father's side suffers or has died from.  I lost a lot of my muscle strength in the 12 weeks it took me to recover from the surgery, and I will never get that strength back.  It makes it hard for me to preform the physical aspects of my job.  I only work two days a week now so I can still be a Mom and Wife which is my most important job.  I don't know whether I will ever have plastic surgery because I am scared of the anesthesia and of the recovery.  But 90% of the reason I had the surgery was because of this disease.  Like a physician told me, "your husband is going to end up caring for you.  Do you want him to care for you at 260 pounds or 130 pounds?" 

The UGLY:  The skin is ugly.  My arms are batwings.  I have NO chest.  I am not even an A cup.  If I try to wear a 34B I have to use padding.  I expected the tummy skin.  It is not worse than I thought.  My upper inner thighs are very loose, but I am lucky.  It does not go down to my knee, it is just a couple inches from my groin. 

If you are considering this surgery, please listen to those on this site that have has success and live this life.  I followed Lori Black's advice to the "T" and have been so successful.  Lose the weight first then add all the goodies as tolerated.  Take care of yourself.  And love yourself enough to not screw up this second chance you have been given.  I see too many people in my career who have had weight loss surgery and lose very little or gain all of the weight back plus some. 

I love my life.  I always have.  This surgery has changed my life in very obvious ways but it is still very much the same.  I am still the same person I have always been.  I am married to the same wonderful man and have the same kids.  My kids are aware of the weight loss but they keep me very humble.  When someone at their school wanted to meet my husband's new wife, they just said "oh thats just my mom".  They could care less.  And that why I love them so much!!


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