Terri L. Ray 16 years, 4 months ago

WOW - - you're looking great! Way to go!!!

Heather Powell 16 years, 8 months ago

Dear Jo Ellen, I feel so close to you though I just read your profile. I guess I should start at the begining. Your name is first what drawed my attention. My favorite Aunt, her name is Jo Ellen. I miss her tons, she currently lives in Kentucky. Your profile sounds a lot like how she gives advice. The second thing that drew me to you or maybe the third thing too is that I had my surgery in Minneapolis and on June 17th. I went through the Minneapolis Bariatric Center at Abbott Northwesteren. I had the only female surgeon, Dr. Cyrstal Schlosser. I think I had a great experiance going through her as a surgeon and wish I could do my follow ups with her. I had my sugery on the 17th of June and my Mom had 15% of her liver removed on the 21st of June. She has/had cancer for a second time. She is still undergoing Chemo and has 4 more month of it. For this reason I moved back to Ohio in August. I feel great as far as my progress has gone. I have lost 105 pounds. I started out at 289.9 and now I am 180.2. I don't have must support down here, besides my husband who is my cheer leader and my drill sergant, LOL. My Mom and my sister have had the open RNY, while mine was Lap.RNY. Because I am 7 months out they are giving me the wrong advice right now. I know they love me. But my Mom is 5 yrs post-op and my sister is 2yrs post-op. Thier advice is to eat more, or to graze. They think that I should be eating 3/4 cup-1 cup by now. And I keep telling them that I am only comfortable eating 1/2-3/4. I haven't measured my food in a long time. But I know how much I can eat and I don't over do it. I think anyone who has had this surgery fear is, streching the pouch and going back to eating wrong. These are my fears at least. I keep thinking if I listen to my body, I won't over eat. So far it has worked. I know I need more excersise. I am working on that. I just met a family doctor down here and we had some blood work ran to see how my levels are. I am worried about B-12 (which I give myself a shot once a month), iron, and protein. I am waiting to hear the results this week. She is pleased with my story and the weight I have lost and the goals I have set for myself. She is going to help me find a good surgeon down here in Cincinnati to do my actual follow ups with to I am on the correct track, if I am not already. Sorry for the novel. LOL. I hope all is well with you. Clothes size you are smaller than me. I am in 14/16 right now. LOL a size 14 was my second mini goal! I am so happy I have made my first 2 mini goals in the set time. Now I worry about the longer term goals and maintaining. Take Care Jo Ellen. Someone in Ohio is thinking about you. Yes, My name is Heather! LOL Heather

HeidiS 17 years, 3 months ago

Good luck on your upcoming surgery. I will keep you in my prayers for a smooth and speedy recovery.

Cyndi M. 17 years, 3 months ago

Jo Ellen, ~~~~CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR UPCOMING SURGERY. ~~~~ May God give you courage, strength and guidance throughout your new journey. Your big day is almost here, this is the day, your new life will begin, I cant promise it will be easy, cant say it will be hard, I can say that with all the complications and everything I had to go through, It was well worth it. I have never felt better in yearsss, I’m off all medications, have sooooo much more energy. So if you hit a bump in the road, hang in there and remember it will alll be worth it in the long run. Prayers that the Lord will guide your surgeon’s hands and you have a speedy recovery. . Remember your not alone in this journey, many of us have been down this road, we are here to offer love and support. Looking forward to hearing from you on the loosing side. Huggs and Prayers Link to my profile http://www.obesityhelp.com/morbidobesity/profile.phtml?N=M1087435160 8-19-04 surgery date 297.5 5f 2 -109.5 weight losss

piperkc 17 years, 3 months ago

“The Greatest healing therapy is friendship and Love.” ~ Hubert Humphrey "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, any one can start from now and make a brand new ending "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." ~ O. S. Marden "Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil." ~ James Allen "I asked God to give me happiness. God said, "No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you." ~ Author Unknown "Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life. 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You may have to work for it, however." - Richard Bach "In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence." ~ Jackson Brown "I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning." ~ J.B. Priestly "Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult." ~ Julia Cameron "The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. That block of granite is often nothing more than a decision." ~ Thomas Carlyle "Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure." ~ Sydney Harris "Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." ~ Katherine Mansfield "Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do. Scared of what people might think if we tried. We let fears stand in the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit quietly when we want to scream. And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut. Why? After all, we do only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid. JUST DO IT." ~ Nike advertising campaign "I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life's endeavors. Your attitude - your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people - determines your priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself." ~ Carolyn Warner "Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives." ~ Author Unknown "It's never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Eliot "For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it." ~ Author Unknown "Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson A wish changes NOTHING; A decision, changes EVERYTHING "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will,they soon become inevitable." Christopher Reeves "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Isaiah 43:2-3 Everyone has beauty but not everyone sees it. "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much." ~ Jim Rohn May you always have an Angel by your side. Watching out for you in all the things you do. Reminding you to keep believing in brighter days. Have a safe journey to the other side and a speedy recovery Angela in Corpus Christi 291lbs BMI 45.60 -234lbs Dr Michael Grace Open RNY Life began May 16, 2002 I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears. Surely..I will heal you." 2 Kings 20:5
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