Through my childhood and in my adult life I battle with obesity. I don’t know anything else and it didn’t really bother me. I wasn’t one of those children that got teased because I had a weight problem or just because I was overweight it didn’t mean I was less of a person than anyone else, but I always felt like I had something to prove, because deep down inside my self-esteem wasn’t where it should have been, but I was the only one who knew that.

Growing up with my weight being an issue my family made several attempts to rectify the “problem.” I had my own personal trainer in high school, I went to weight watchers, had gym memberships, and saw several nutritionist but with little results my weight just kept climbing.

Fast forward to my adult life after graduating college, and eventually getting a decent job that required me to be sedentary (which I wasn’t at my previous job) my weight continued to increase to nearly 400 pounds. My primary doctor had me visiting his office every three months because my blood pressure was borderline and he wanted to monitor it so I wouldn’t have to go on meds at such a young age.

Then is when he suggested that I seek some help with my weight loss and asked if I ever considered one of the surgeries (which I had but didn’t feel it was something I could commit to). He gave me a name and number of someone to contact, but I never did. Three months later when it was time for my next appointment he asked me if I contacted the people and i was embarrassed to say no promised I would make it a priority and that was the beginning of my weight loss journey.

My first round of meetings with the nutritionist and psychologist I made it clear that I wanted to lose the weight with their help but without surgery (which was an option at this facility) In my first 3 months I was down 25 pounds but felt myself losing momentum and I was getting frustrated because I felt like I had put in so much work with little results. In April of 2009 I agreed to start the gastric bypass process. I was immediately approved and went through the process rather quickly compared to some. On November 12, 2009 I was laying on the table under anesthesia getting my insides dismantled, and to this day it was the best decision I have ever made.

It has been almost two years and still the struggle continues but now that I’m down 130 pounds I can say that I am in a better place now, and I refuse to go back…

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springfield, MA
Surgery Date
Jul 18, 2009
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