MAY 2006

A little view into who I am and how I got here. I’m 58 years old and I’m married to a wonderful guy. This is my second marriage and we just celebrated our 11th Year Anniversary. My first marriage presented me with my most precious gifts, 2 great sons! I have 2 wonderful sisters and brother-in-laws and a bunch of nieces and nephews. My dad passed away in 2004 at the age of 93 years old. Mom has been bedridden and has dementia for 3 years now. She is 93 years old and lives in the same home as my husband and I. I have always been close to my parents, especially mom. It is very difficult to deal with her condition. There are days she doesn’t recognize me, and other days she thinks she is young and cries for her mother. I ask God to give us strength.

I have been overweight all my life. Baby photos, toddler photos, school photos, adult photos…there I am, the fattest.  Fattest in my family, fattest in school, fattest among friends…and so very sad. I started diet pills early on, followed by any new diet fad, diet program, ‘diet doctors’…if you were told you would lose weight, I’d buy into it, no matter how silly it seemed.

Through the years I’ve developed medical conditions which my weight has either caused or contributed to.   These conditions include spinal stenosis; arthritis of my knees, feet, and back; a failed knee replacement; hypertension; sleep apnea, carpal tunnel; bursitis in my hips and shoulders, and depression.  When diabetes was added to my list of medical conditions, I knew I had to do something to regain my health, and it had to be different than what I had been doing. 

I love to laugh and to make people laugh. Maybe that is to counteract the depression I have dealt with, of various degrees, throughout my lifetime.

I want to feel good. I want to be able to walk again; I want to be able to stand to cook and wash dishes; I want to shower without having to sit; I want to be able to do house cleaning; I want to climb stairs without feeling my heart is giving out; I want to stop perspiring; I want to be able to travel and sightsee on foot; I want to fit in an airplane seat; I want to fit in a restaurant booth; I WANT TO THROW AWAY MY MEDICATIONS!

I began researching weight loss surgery at ObesityHelp.  After reading profiles and seeing myself in the words before me; and crying for their pain as I did for mine; and seeing the positive results weight loss surgery could bring; I knew I found my vehicle to renewed health.   This is my journey.....

About Me
MyTown, NY
Surgery Date
Feb 17, 2005
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