Hi, my name is Kathi and I live in New Jersey.  I have been overweight for most of my adult life.  I have been on many different diets along with being on many different "diet" pills.  I would lose 20 pounds and then gain 30 back.

I am 55 years old, married and have 2 grown children.  I have a 15 month old Grandson who is the love of my life.  Since he's been born I've noticed my inability to hold him for any length of time because of my back pain.  I also have arthritis in my feet, knees and hips.  All due to being overweight.  I am hypertensive, I have high cholesterol, Acid Reflux and onset Type 2 Diabetes.  All due to the excess weight. 

I have been struggling with trying to decide if I should have the Gastric Bypass Surgery.  After much debate within myself I decided that either I would have the surgery or die an early death.  I really can't continue the way I am now.  I am in constant pain and I miss out on so many things.

I finally made an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Mehta, a Bariatric Surgeon in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He was kind and very reassuring.  At first I told him I wanted to have the Lap Band surgery.  He told me that If I wanted to lose a lot of my excess weight then the Lap Band wouldn't do the trick.  I had too much weight to lose.  I left his office very confused in what my decision would be.  I attended one of his seminars and decided to go with the Gastric Bypass after speaking to others who had it done. 

I am in the process of having all the tests done that are needed  in order for me to have the surgery.  I saw a Psychologist and she approved me for the surgery.  I had the blood tests required and they came back fine.  The doctor wanted me to have a stress test for my heart also.  Now the fear set in because I knew I wouldn't be able to walk on the treadmill because of my arthritis.  When I saw the Cardiologist he told me about the Chemical Stress test in which they inject chemicals into the body which would do the same thing as the treadmill.  The stress test came back fine and I also had to have an Echo Cardiogram in which I am waiting for the results.  The technician did tell me that the Cardiogram looked fine but I'd have to wait for the doctor to read it.    That brings me to the present.  As soon as I get the okay from the Cardiologist I will call Dr. Mehta and set up a date for the surgery.  I am anxious but also excited about the whole thing.  I really need to lose this weight so I can feel better and improve my health.  Not to mention being able to wear clothes that are flattering.

In June my son is getting married and I want to be able to enjoy the day and dance with my son.  My daughter is pregnant again and I want to be able to keep up with the Grandkids and to be able to help her out when possible. 

I will write again as soon as things start happening.




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Hillsborough, NJ
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Oct 28, 2006
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