My senior year of high school, I went from 130 pounds to 230 without realizing it. I saw what I wanted when I looked in the mirror rather than what was really there. The cause of the weight gain was later determined to be diabetesand PSTD. I was put on meds and told to exercise and I got off about half of the weight and kept it off until about 2 years ago. Therapy was never offered, and the PSTD was not even labeled until 2006.
I bounced between 180-190 for years, never seeming to go below, but also never going above. In May of 2008 I met my (now) husband, in June, we conceived our son. During my pregnancy i didn't take care of myself as well as I should have. I was scared of exercise since no one would tell me what was safe to do during pregnancy (instead I was just told that I needed to do so). I ate more than I should have, and my blood sugar was out of control even on days I was carefuland mindful. The team of doctors I was working with made my last trimester unbearable and made me feel like it was all my fault that I couldn't get it under control. It wasn't until a week before I got induced that I saw a new (to me) doctor from their practice and he told me it wasn't all my fault, that the placenta blocks insulin... one doctor even went as far as to treat me terribly for the sole fact that i was an overweight, pregnant diabetic... needless to say, it was rough. On top of that, they told me I needed to be induced because the sugar was so unstable or I'd end up killing my son. They did the tests to make sure that he lungs were mature and told me that they were so we scheduled it, 4 weeks early. The next morning after the doctor broke my water the lab called and said that the results were negative, that he wasn't ready, but it was too late. My son spent 10 days in NICU because of my health and medical error. I will not allow that to happen again. I will do everything in my power to have a healthy second and final pregnancy in a couple of years.
I gained 50 pounds with my pregnancy, and I didn't lose my pregnancy weight until 2 months after my RNY GB surgery which was preformed on July 19, 2010. I have a healthy BMI, and my diabetes is in remission. I feel amazing. I'd do it all over again, only I'd do it sooner, given the chance.