Hi there, I’m Deb! I’ve been happily married to my dear husband since 1994. I'm originally a Wisconsin girl (that's right...I'm a cheesehead). But, I married the military, so home is now in North Carolina. I've been blessed to grow up in beautiful WI, spend 10 years on the Gulf Coast of Florida (loved the beach) and are now in Central NC. We currently have 2 black labs who we consider our kids. OK, that’s the basics, but you really want my story, right? Where do I begin? I guess I’ll start way back. I was always a chubby kid, but I think I became truly obese after graduating from high school. You know, while I was in college, the first few years of being married etc. I’ve tried all of the weight loss methods…believe me. I know about nutrition. I eat healthy, and I’m physically active. My close friends were as stumped as me about why my workouts and diets weren’t working. My husband and I had been trying for years to have a baby, and the fertility specialist I saw informed me that it would be very difficult to get pregnant without losing weight. After a few tests he diagnosed me with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I thought my husband and I were both going to kiss the Dr. when he told us that PCOS made it difficult to lose weight without serious intervention. Not that it’s good news, but it was nice to have a medical reason for all of the failed diets in the past. My body was working against me!
So, how does one make the jump to deciding to have WLS? I think the moment is different for all of us, but this is my story, so I’ll tell you about my wake-up call. On November 26, 2005, my mom was killed by a drunk driver. It was an incredibly tragic event, and I lost a true friend, confidant and advisor. My dad was seriously injured as well, but has recovered with time. What sticks with me is that as much as he misses her, he has been able to say, “No Regrets.” They truly lived during their 36 years together, and did all of the things they wanted to do.
So why in the world would I be wasting time in this body? My size is keeping me from doing so many of the things that I want to do. I’d thought about WLS for years. My husband and I would discuss it once a year or so, but I always ended up deciding “I just have to work harder at it.” I’m done with that. I’ve worked hard - so very hard! There are so many things that I want to do. I want to become dive certified, but who wants to get into a wet suit looking like this? I want to jump from an airplane, but again with the flight suit and harnesses. My husband is incredibly active, but I can’t keep up with him…I can’t even come close. I want to go mountain biking, hiking, running, whitewater rafting, skiing, rappelling…and on and on. I have even been steering away from amusement parks (which I love), for fear of not being able to fit into the rides. Not to mention our desperate desire to have a family. WLS is the key to me truly experiencing my life. No regrets!
So here starts my journey. I’m glad I found OH to help guide me along the way!!!