My name is Lesleigh. I live in Georgia with my husband Bill. I have two grown children, a daughter 19, and a son 27.
I have been battling with my weight since my mid 20's after being a normal sized child and teenager. I was a very active youth, roller skated and had horses. Eating was not the number one priority in my teens! After my first child at age 21, I gained about 20 lbs. And continued to put on weight thru my 20's, going on different diets and trying to get my weight down. Gaining more and more each time. I also developed high blood pressure in my mid 20's. I then developed Asthma, in my early 30's. I have two brothers who have developed diabetes. All of my 4 siblings are either overweight or obese.
In 2000 I first looked into WLS, gastric bypass. My PCP referred me to a surgean, and both agreed that surgery was a good option for me, being that I had co-morbidies, numerous failed diet attempts. And, with my height at 5'1" and my weight at 240#. (That's like 300 for you tall girls!) I definately qualified. Anyway, I had a date set for surgery and had done all my homework. I was all psyched out and ready. The insurance company turned me down. Said it was cosmetic! Hah! I sulked for about 3 years, and gave up. I didn't even try dieting for a long time. I was sick. I felt horrible. I had no stamina. I Had shortness of breath on the mildest exertion. Walking to my mailbox wore me out for the day. I had pain in my back hips, legs and feet.
I just kind of put it out of my mind and like many of you, just accepted that I was destined to be a "Fat Person".
I saw a commercial in August while I was on Vacation, and it hit me like a ton of bricks, maybe the insurance I have now will help me. So I called personal choice Blue cross, and when the lady told me lap band and roux en Y, was covered, I cried! The next thing I did was contact Emory Bariatric Clinic in Atlanta. and here I am....waiting for my appointment for psych evaluation. I have sent the letters of medical necessity, and clearance, so this and the nutritional class is all I need to have all my packet sent to the ins. for final approval. This is like a dream come true. I am hoping I won't have to wait 6 months for my surg date, like alot of people have. I am sooo ready for this. Ready to live the rest of my life as a "normal" person. I am sick of food. Sick of it. I am ready for jello and broth. If that is what it takes to be normal...bring it on! I will post as soon as I get a date, and then begin to log my progress. These posts have kept me going. Thank you to all of those who have shared their stories! Lesleigh in Ga.