Hi everyone

Feb 03, 2014

Been so long since I've been on here, and have had a couple of people talk to me lately about the surgery.  I'm 10 lbs from my final goal of 125 lbs.  It has been a roller coaster ride at times and I'm finding that last 10 lbs is being stubborn to obtain.  I will not give up.  I'm pleased with my progress so I'm not going to complain.  I have never regretted having the Gastric Bypass surgery, and was please when my new husband showed an interest in having the same type of surgery done.  He is now 2 years post-op and has lost a total of 157 lbs.  I'm proud of him, to help his with the transition I changed the way he ate, the amount he ate, and got him started on a life time change two years before his surgery.  He is happy he had the surgery done, and has found so much more energy.   Having my husband go thru the same surgery has made the life change easier to handle when cooking and shopping.  He laughed at me when I told him he wanted to experience dumping at least once, cause than he would never want to experience it again.  He agree's with me now. 

Since my last posting I have gotten married, now have 8 grand children, got my Accounting certificate, have had a total knee replacement and have a wonderful relationship with my father.  I was a struggle as the first time I seen the majority of my family after my surgery was at my grand mother's memorial and everyone didn't recognise me, including my father.  So it was a shock to most of them.  My three older sister's have all experienced different types of weight loss surgery, so having seen them go thru the different types of surgery was a big help in my decision. 



Good luck to all thinking of having this done. 


Lynn Chivers-Burtch


Hi Everyone!

Jun 11, 2009

Hi Everyone,

I know its seems like an eternity since I've updated.  Been a rather busy year for me. Work and family has kept me busy.  My oldest daughter got married in February, and is now attending Ross Medical School.  I'm very proud of her.  My weight loss has been steady.  Unfortunately, my health hasn't been playing nice.  I thought with the weight loss the artheritis would get better, but it hasn't.

Medication wise nothing has really changed since last update, but I am able to function.  I've actually managed to get out and enjoy some sunshine this year.  I'm going to be off work from June 23, 2009 thru July 12, 2009, as I'm having another scope done on my left knee. My surgeon is hoping that I won't have to have knee replacement surgery.  So during the time I'm off I'm actually planning on relaxing in the sunshine if we have any..lol..

Still having a bit of a problem with the protein drinks..but I force them down anyways. The taste is the problem, I'm trying different ways of using it, and hopefully soon I'll find something that actually works. 

Will try to update this on a more regular basis.  Good luck to everyone..take care and enjoy the summer.



Hi all!!

Mar 01, 2009

Has been a while since I've updated this.

Been busy with work, kids, grandkids and life in general.  Weight loss and inches loss are still at a steady pace.  I had a stall not to long ago..but back on track..I find I can kick start myself again by eating celery every day for a week straight.

Still very pleased with my progess.  Very glad I had the surgery.

Take care.


One Year Post OP..Oh what a year!!

Dec 26, 2008

Hi everyone,

Sorry is has been so long since I have updated my profile.  Been a long roller coaster of a year.  Weight loss and inches lost have been steady.  Health is improving greatly, no longer diabetic, cholesterol is greatly improved, no longer taking blood pressure medicine.  Downside is having to take 2 types of depression medication, daily.  Not sleeping well without medication, still having pain in my back, hips, knees and hands from arthritis (pain medication helps).

My family dr. is very impressed with the changes I have made over the past year, as I was the first person he has witnessed going through this process.  Has since referred several people for the RNY.  Best decision I have ever made for myself.

Over all I don't regret having the surgery.  Best of luck to everyone.


Life is wonderful

Jul 06, 2008

Hi everyone.

It has been almost 7 months since surgery, and have had some bad times and great times.  Life has throwen me a few bad apples but have worked by way through them.

I am down 98 lbs since surgery. I'm wearing a size 16 which I haven't seen in 28 years.  I have worked my way through the depression with the help of my doctor, my kids and the great man in my life.

I have a new granddaughter that was born on June 19, 2008. I was in the OR with my daughter for the birth.  Jenessa Makayla weighed 7 lbs. 10 ozs.  

I would have this surgery again if I had too, but I know I will never have to.   Will post new pics soon.

PAT's yesterday

Nov 29, 2007

Wow the realization of surgery just around the corner is hitting me.  My mind is just wondering, bouncing around and play games with my emotions.

Why am I doing this, is it the right time to be doing this?  Do I want my family there or not? 

Sleeping is a joke at this point, up every couple of hours even after taking my sleeping meds.  Than takes a bit to fall back to sleep.  I know this is all normal.

Hi to everyone!!

Oct 08, 2007

My name is Lynn and I'm a single mother of 4 grown kids. Looking forward to the day I can say I've been approved and surgery date set.  Have my surgery and get control of my life back.  As I keep telling my dr. "I'm sick & tired of being sick & tired."

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