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I had been overweight all my life….well, since I was 1 year old. The ironic thing was out of the four kids in my family, I had the smallest birth weight! I went on my first diet at the tender age of 6. I didn’t know it was a diet aid I was taking, just a special treat that I got to take with my mom. It didn’t help me, but I stayed active doing cheerleading, walking, volleyball, gymnastics, dance and anything else my parents could think of.
I had Lap Band Surgery with Dr. Cottam in 2009 and my experience has been more than I dared to hope for! For me, mental and physical health are tied tightly together. My Lap Band has been an important tool in helping me make the health changes I needed to make in my life. From a physical health standpoint, I no longer have metabolic syndrome. I am out almost four years and I just recently hit my lowest post-surgical weight: 155 lbs! I started at 300 lbs, so I have lost a total of 145 lbs!
After struggling for years with diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression, I made the decision to have weight loss surgery. I had Gastric Bypass surgery with Dr. Cottam in January 2011 and my whole life has changed. I have since lost 170 pounds and am still losing! When I wake up in the morning, I can’t believe the new me! I feel great! I feel 100% better about myself from the inside and outside. I am so thankful I found Dr. Cottam and the Bariatric Medicine Institute. I have struggled with my weight all my life, and this is the end of the battle. I win!
I was the chubby kid at age 8. By 12 I was pleasantly plump. When I was 18, I had womanly curves. I had a word for every size but what it was—unhealthy. I met my amazing husband when I was 22, 270 lbs., dress size 20. After getting married, I gained “happy fat” by going out to eat, staying home to watch movies, and not caring because I didn’t have to impress him anymore. One day I woke up and was 360 lbs. and squeezing into a size 26.
In March 2005, my fiancée passed away from acute pancreatitis. This experience was very traumatic for me and I became very depressed and reclusive, only leaving my home to go to work. I gained approximately 140 lbs. I was no longer the person I used to be and didn’t like who I had become. Through the support of my family and mental health physicians, I decided to seek out surgical help for my weight.
After having my first child, I began gaining weight and continued to gain for the next 46 years! I thought I might be too old for gastric bypass surgery but Dr. Cottam took me on – 6 weeks shy of my 67th birthday. In the two years since my surgery, I have lost about 110 […]
I was not always obese. I was thin until I became pregnant with my son at age 25. I gained over 75 lbs. during my pregnancy, and was never able to get the weight off after I gave birth. I tried starving myself, Weight Watchers, Phen-Fen, South Beach Diet, Atkins, etc. All of these resulted in some weight loss, but after a few months the weight would start to creep back on. I continued to gain more and more weight and at my peak I weighed 338 lbs.
I have struggled with weight issues ever since my high school days. If I stayed active enough I could stay within my normal weight range, but once I got married and started having children it became harder and harder to keep weight off. As I aged I developed Thyroid issues and my weight continued to go up. I would try dieting and lose some weight, but end up gaining it all back after I stopped.
Three years ago, at 450 pounds, I had a hard time walking from one end of my house to the other without becoming exhausted. I never went into the basement because it was too hard to get back up the stairs. My doctor told me that on a scale of 1-10 my chance of having a heart attack was a 9. I was taking 18 pills and 70 units of insulin daily. I was mentally and physically thinking about, and preparing to die.
My journey began when I was just a teenager. I struggled with my weight going up and down, and then it would go up higher than it was originally. I found myself in my 30′s with back problems, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. I knew at that point, I needed a permanent solution. I decided to have a Gastric Bypass, with Dr. Richards as my surgeon.