My name is Arin, and I live in Northern California with my husband and two dogs. I have been married for a year and a half, and in that time we have been through so much.
I am obese, have been since I was about eight years old. Although I may be considered a "lightweight" to some, my health issues as well as the extra weight certainly make me feel like the heavyweight that I am in reality. My weight has always been an issue for me emotionally as well as physically, and I am now at a point in my life where I can say that I need help. I am only 24 years old with more health problems than both my parents...
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few months before my wedding, and it felt like my life was over. It was the hardest thing that I had ever had to go through in my life, and the timing could not have been worse. I also have Chronic low back pain caused from degenerative disc syndrome, and pain in my hips and knees from all of the weight I am carrying.
After reading about the affects that WLS has had on type 2 diabetes, I have hope again. I feel like I owe it to myself to do something about my weight and my diabetes now so that I might have a chance to grow old with my husband.
So here I am. I am still just beginning on this journey, but I pray every day that God will be the light at my feet and show me the way. I have faith that I will find myself, stronger, healthier, and happier along the way.
Thanks for listening, it means a lot