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4 months out from a DS with Dr Cottam and Kari says “I feel like a new woman!” Since the beginning of her journey in May, she is down 78lbs and feels amazing! She has instilled good eating habits, walks 10,000 steps daily and is starting yoga! Way to go, and we are so happy to be on the journey with you!
Patrick is a year out from a sleeve with Dr. Medlin! He is down 135 since surgery and is killing it! Patrick says he is so active he cannot make himself relax, “ we got a turbo boost with the surgery” He is able to buy clothes off the rack and at a mainstream store. We cannot be more proud of you and keep up the amazing work!
I have been heavy my whole life, even as a child, but I was also very active. I played baseball, basketball, and was always on the go – but could never really lose weight. When I worked in a casino I would walk miles all day from one end of the casino to the other and always stayed at the same weight. Then in 2005, I moved to northern Nevada to work in the mines and the weight really started to pack on. It got to the point that I could not do things around the house or walk for long periods of time without huffing and puffing. The weight even affected my intimacy with my wife.
I’ve struggled with being overweight all of my life. I’ve tried all the fad diets, weight loss clinics, pills, etc. All it ever did was result in yo-yo dieting with weight gain as the end result. Finally, when I reached 290 pounds, I decided to try weight loss surgery for a permanent fix. I chose the lap band procedure because it is less invasive and reversible if necessary. I now weigh 160 pounds and have kept it off for over two years.
I had surgery on December 20th, 2011, and really, it was a life defining moment for me. I spent a long time researching surgical options and selecting a surgeon before making this decision (a couple of years!). It wasn’t something I went into on a whim. I knew that if I was going to make this decision, it was going to be life altering. I think at the time, however, I was just thinking about all the things I would be giving up – not necessarily the things I would gain.
I was never really heavy until I was in my mid twenty’s. I have EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) which has caused my knee caps and other joints to dislocate ever since my early teens. In my early twenty’s I had surgery to tighten the ligaments in my knees to help them from dislocating. They had tightened the first knee so much it took over a year before I had a near normal range of motion. Due to my knee problems, my weight continued to increase over the years, as high as 340 lbs.
My decision to have weight loss surgery began about a year ago. I had been diabetic for 20 years, requiring insulin for the past 10. I had sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and severe back problems. My quality of life was just not good. I wanted to be able to spend more quality time with my children and grandchildren.
I have been overweight for my entire life. My first memory of school was the other children calling me names. I tried my first diet when I was in high school and successfully lost 35 lbs. I felt slim for the first time in my life. However, this was short lived (approximately 2 years). I then gained that weight back, plus more. I continued dieting during my 20’s.
When I was younger I had no problem losing weight, but somewhere along the line I started to gain weight and could not take it off as easy, thus began the yo-yo diets. I was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, flat feet, and have had 2 total knee replacements. In 2010, I had the lap band procedure, but this did not help me to lose the weight I needed. In 2011, I relocated and found Dr. Cottam to do my band adjustments.
I was always athletic and fit throughout high school and the first few years of college, playing multiple sports and spending at least an hour every day in the gym. My third year of college, I was in an unhappy relationship and struggling in school and with life in general. This is when I started gaining weight. I was overweight when I started working night shifts as an RN and over the years the crazy shifts and long hours caused me to gain even more weight as my diet was awful and I never wanted to exercise or do anything active. I ignored my weight and made excuses for almost 10 years as I gained some and lost some.