Jul 26, 2007

Hello to my OH Family.. I know it has been a while but just wanted to let you know I am officially 100 pds down. I am now weighig 204.3...THANK YOU JESUS!!! I also want to thank all of you have encouraged to me to go on with my journey no matter how hard it has been. When I feel like having that chocolate cake, Doritos, or ice cream I try to think of all the success stories I had read when I started this whole thing to keep me positive and motivated. It really helps to know that I am not in this alone and that there are others who can relate to what I feel. It also makes me feel better to be able to look in the mirror and see a new person looking back at me. I am having fun getting to know this new person. Don't get me wrong I am still the same person but I have added on to who I was. I have more self confidence, and energy, and I look at life in a new light. I am such an advocate for this surgery. I know there are some people who want to have this surgery for all the wrong reasons, however there are also others who just want a second chance at life. In my situation I was 305 pds at 20 years of age.. I had tried almost every diet you could think of  and nothing kept the weight off permanently. Gastric bypass was my last option and it has worked and will continue to work because I am determined to work my tool. To all of  you who are looking into gastric bypass make sure you do a lot of research and most importantly  know that this is NOT A QUICK FIX! This surgery takes a lot of hard work and determination and can be quite stressfull. However if you are up to the challenge and are ready to change your life for the better then really consider this surgery. To those of you who have already chosen gastric bypass as your second chance, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND WORK THE HELL OUT OF YOUR TOOL! It'll definitely pay off. I still have a lot of work to do before I reach my goal but I know I'll get there someday. Good luck and God Bless to all of you!

Checking In!

May 03, 2007

It has been 5 months now since I had my surgery and things are great. I am almost down 90 pds and I feel terrific. I am so thankful for this procedure, it gave me my life back at the young age of 21. I strongly encourage all who are looking into having this surgery to go through with it. I HAVE NO REGRETS and I would do it all again a thousand times. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me with open arms to this site and also to those who have encouraged me with their words and stories. I still have a ways to go but everyday I get closer to my goal. Thanks again to all of you for everything, until next time.

It's been a long time!

Apr 11, 2007

Hello my OH family,

Sorry it's been so long since I last posted. I've been very busy- I have moved to a new town, got a promotion at work (which I love), and recently had my gallbladder taken out. Well, I had been having abdomen pain for the last two weeks. I wasn't able to eat or drink anything and have it stay down. So I'm sure you can guess what happened next, I was admitted to the hospital for dehydration on March 29th. They took out my gallbladder on April 2nd and I was discharged on the April 3rd. I feel much, much better now that the pain is gone. My recovery is going well, but I still have not gone back to work. I'm definitely not complaining just bored at home with nothing to do. Anyway my other news is that I am four months out and down 80 pds. I have posted some new pics of me and my family from Easter. I hope everyone can enjoy them! I am so psyched and can't even explain what it feels like. I am very proud of my success and still have more work to do. I will say that if you work hard there is no limit to the results that you see. I thank God everyday for helping me come to the decision to change my life with gastric bypass and for giving me the strength and willpower to fight my demons-FOOD!!!! I will tell anyone out there who has any doubts about this surgery that it works and when you have such a great surgeon as I did you can go far. Dr. Bell is truly a blessing to all his patients, there aren't enough ways for me to thank him for his patience, support, and kindness. His staff is awesome as well, I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with. Well that's all for now. THANK YOU to everyone who has sent me such sweet messages, I apologize for not getting a chance to post sooner! I will try not to let so much time go by next time around. Talk to y'all soon and Much Love!!!!

I'm Back And On My Way To Recovery

Dec 04, 2006

Hello Y'all. I want to first take time out to thank each and everyone of you for your support and beautiful words of encouragement. This website is truly a blessing to have. When I'm feeling down I can just come to this page and read all the kind things you all wrote and I know that I'm not alone. It's amazing how it boosts my morale and self esteem. So thank you again to all of you! 

Alrighty then, so surgery went awesome. I am officially on the losing side . I have lost 16 pds so far- on the day of surgery I weighed in at 305 and I currently weigh 289. Not much but I'll take it. I have my post -op appt with Dr. Bell on December 12, which I am very excited about. I wonder how much more I will lose by then. I have been walking everyday and try to push myself to do more each day. Sometimes I can do more and sometimes I can't- either way I just give myself credit for getting out there. My hospital stay was alright, all I can say is that the worst part is getting off the stretcher from the recovery room to getting on your hospital bed in your assigned room. That was the most painful part for me  but shortly after I was given the PCA pump and forgot about the pain. I fell asleep and woke up around 2:30 the next morning and was in a little pain but I just pressed the button for more medicine and it became tolerable. When I say tolerable I mean that most of the pain is gone but you are in a little bit of discomfort, which really is not that bad. I even got up and walked up the hall of the hospital the same night. It wasn't because I felt 100% but because I wan't to start moving around as soon as possible. Also Jane in Dr. Bell's office, the nurse who had the sugery done, told me that was the best thing I could've done for myself. I must admit I do agree because I felt a little better because I had accomplished something. I didn't walk very far the first time but it made me want to push a little further the next time I did walk. I kept doing this everytime I walked and eventually I walked the whole hall and was very proud of myself and so was Dr. Bell. He said he liked that I was pushing myself to do more and more each day. I'm not saying run a marathon the day after surgery just learn to push yourself a little bit each day and you will be fine. You'll start to notice everyday gets better and you start to have more energy. You are not going to leave the hospital feeling 100% but you will definitely feel better than you did when you first came out of surgery. Each day you get a bit better and can move and do more than you could the day before. That is the best high because you slowly start feeling some accomplishment. I don't feel my best, however I'm getting there day by day. I am scheduled to go back to work on December 11 and I'm not going to kill myself but each day I plan to push a little harder. What else can I do? So anyway I want to thank everyone again for all their support and until next time -May God Bless You All! 

I've Got My Date!!

Nov 23, 2006

Well I know it's been a while since I've posted. It's just that I've been so busy with work and family life that I haven't had the time-SORRY! I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. I sure did. I had a lot of thanking to do because I received good news that I would like to share. I got a date for my surgery which is November 27, 2006 @ 1:00PM.  I know you are thinking that's is right around the corner. Yeah, I know because those were my thoughts exactly when they told me last Friday. I was in total shock but am excited and nervous as well. I had my pre-op appt with Dr. Bell on Tuesday and my pre-op testing on Wednesday. So here I am two days from starting this new life of being a "loser" and am growing anxious. Thanks to all my friends on OH for being so supportive and thank you to all my family and friends for helping me get to this point. If anyone has any words of advice I would appreciate them. Please keep me in your prayers as you all will be in mine. Good luck to everyone waiting for a date or counting down days till their surgery. Until next time- God Bless!  

11/04/06 - GREAT NEWS!!!!

Nov 03, 2006

Many things have happened since the last time I posted so I guess I'll just start at the beginning. So first off I went to my Pre -Op meeting on Oct. 25. It basically was just to inform me of how I was supposed to be eating after surgery. My mother and my boyfriend came along with me and both were very supportive. This was the last step I had to complete before the doctor's office would submit my information to the insurance.The next day I called Dr. Nadzam's office to ask when my case would be sent to Anthem. I was then informed that the lady, Jessie Moore, who handles this was on vaction until the 27th of October. I called again on October 30 and was told that my case was submitted to the insurance. Well that's when the nerves kicked in. So I called  Anthem to make sure they received it, and they did. I said to myself I would NOT call again until Friday. The next day I went to work and ran into a lady who works for Yale New Haven Hospital just like I do. I had not seen this lady in a long time and almost didn't recognize her. SHE LOOKED ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! I asked her what she had done and she told me that she had Lap. Roux & Y. I told her I was trying to have the same exact surgery. When I asked what doctor she went to she told me Dr. Bell. Now I had done some research on Dr.Bell and wanted him as well because he is the most requested bariatric surgeon at Yale. Yet he also had a 3-6 month waiting list. I just didn't want to wait that long so I went to Dr. Nadzam @ St. Raphael's Hospital. She also told me that St. Raphael's it out of network and I will have to pay a good portion of my surgery out of pocket if I go through them. Yet, if I go through Yale Hospital because I work for them the surgery would be paid 100% through the insurance. The lady I ran into that day left her job with me at Yale Temple Radiology and now works for Dr. Bell who did her surgery. Dr. Bell works for Yale Hospital as well, so her surgery was approved because she still is a Yale employee. So needless to say I have switched to Dr. Bell and I have been very impressed so far. Meanwhile, Friday rolled around and I called Anthem that morning. The lady who answered was very, very kind and helpful. She had to put me on hold and when she returned to the phone, about 15 minutes later, she gave me wonderful news. I AM APPROVED. I was ecstatic I thanked the lady like 500 times before I hung up and called all my family and friends to tell them the GOOD NEWS. Now I'm waiting for Dr. Bell's office to call me with a date and schedule my pre-op testing appointments. Thank you to everyone for their good words, support, and prayers. Well that's all I have for now - until next time. God Bless! 


Oct 18, 2006

Drumroll Please !!!!!!!!!!!  Just kidding. So I went today to my urinalysis for ketosis and I PASSED. "Talk about smiling from ear to ear" is what the medical assistant said to me about the good news. I couldn't help it I was just so happy. Anyway, I also went to the support group meeting at St. Raphael's Hospital. It was cool beacuse I was able to hear others tell their personal stories. It was awesome to find out that there are other people who share the same fears, interests, and comments as I. The next step in process is to submit my information to my insurance company for approval. I just hope they approve it.  I'm sure they will so lets keep the faith flowing abundantly. May everyone on this website say a prayer for me and for eachother and I will return the favor. Until the next time, God Bless!   


Oct 17, 2006

Well.... Today marked day 5 for me on this ketosis diet. I must say this is the hardest diet I've ever done but I'm doing really well. Tommorow, I go to Dr. Nadzam's office to have my urinalysis done. I'm so excited because I'll be officially one step closer to getting a date for surgery. Also, tommorow is the the mandatory support group meeting @ 5pm. This will bring me yet another step closer to a surgery date. I just pray that everything works out in my favor as far as the insurance approval and everything goes. I have Anthem Century Preferred and I hear that they're pretty good. All I can say is I'll keep my fingers crossed. In the meantime I'll worry about the now and that is passing this urinalysis tommorow. I'll do well, but I'm sure if when someone reads this if they say a little prayer for me it won't hurt. Thanks! Well.... I'm gonna hit the sack - I have long day ahead of me. Until the next time......Adios Muchachos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/16/06 @ 6:37 p.m Settling in at home

Oct 16, 2006

Well.... today went by too slow for me! I couldn't wait to get home take my shoes off, take a shower, and RELAX!!! I hope those of you who read the poem I posted liked it. If not, oh well! (lol) Well today was day 4 of my ketosis diet and I must say I am impressed with my willpower. At work today there were lots of goodies b/c it was National Boss 's Day but I managed to stay far away. It's like whenever I say I'm going on a diet everyone decides to make everything in their kitchens and bring it in. However, I did very well and I must say this diet SUCKS. I have managed to lose 9pds, though. Not much but it is something. Today, I called Dr. Nadzam's office to tell them that the medical assistant, Geneva, messed up when she scheduled the day of my urinalysis. Since the diet lasts 5 days and on the 6th day is when you have the urine test I had to reschedule. I started ketosis on Friday the 13th and had to reschedule from Tuesday (tomm.) at 9:00am to Wednesday at 9:30am. Much better now. Even though I haven't cheated, I still think what if I dont pass. We shall see on Tuesday. On Wednesday night I have to go to a support group that will be at St. Raphael's Hospital. My attendance at this meeting is a prerequisite for the surgery. I am anxious to go and listen to others tell their stories and also to meet others pending surgery such as myself. Now don't get me wrong I'm not really alone in this because my best friend Mariluz will be there as well. I'm just a little further than her, she meets with the nutrisionist on Wednesday at 4. After this she will start ketosois- Good luck Mari! She and I work together so she's my support and I am hers-I like it this way. I don't know anyone in the world that I'd rather share this experience with more than her. She's a good friend. Well, let me go and make my sweetie and I something to eat before it gets to late. I will post again tommorow. Adios Amigos!


Oct 15, 2006

I saw this poem online and thought it was cute, so I hope that it brings a smile to everyone's face when they read it!

Real women have curves, wrinkles, and flaws.
Each one earned with experience, perseverance and determination.
There's no computer to airbrush your mistakes.
Let them make you who you are.
Love every mark, every scar, every extra curve you wished to go away,
Accept what you can't learn to love,
Then let go of what you can't accept.
Treasure them for their memories
Like a worn love letter or ratty old quilt from generations of old.
Each wrinkle comes with the wisdom only years of life can give.
And life is not to be hidden or covered up.
For life is how a girl grows into a woman
And real women have curves.

About Me
East Haven, CT
Surgery Date
Sep 17, 2006
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Checking In!
It's been a long time!
I'm Back And On My Way To Recovery
I've Got My Date!!
11/04/06 - GREAT NEWS!!!!
10/16/06 @ 6:37 p.m Settling in at home