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I have never been a skinny person in my whole life! At birth I weighed 9 lb 13.5 oz and was 24 inches long. Neither of my parents are short, skinny, or small-boned, so I just figured that I was meant to be large-boned, tall, and overweight.
My story begins with my marriage in 1955. I was a slim (125 lbs), 5’ 7” tall, young (18) and very happy to have found the man I wanted for my lifetime. We began having babies, and after twenty years we had produced eight very healthy children. But, along with that came the weight. I had trouble losing the extra weight after each pregnancy, and consequently I retained at least seven pounds after each one–so you see, that adds up.
I can’t describe how wonderful I feel since I had my gastric sleeve! Before surgery, my health was not good. I had Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, knee and lower back pain. I was not able to get up off the floor without having to scoot over to the couch and push myself up with my arms. I could not get down and play with my Grandchildren. I had tried many ways to lose weight over the past 30 years: Weight Watchers, liquid diets, Nutra-Systems, Phen-Phen and many others. The weight would come off and then creep back on again, plus more.
At my highest weight, due to years of lying in bed from a back injury, my weight had climbed to 626 pounds. It came on slowly and I didn’t even realize how big I was until the doctors couldn’t weigh me anymore. I was not about to lie in bed and die because of my weight problem. During this time I was accepted to Law school, something I had always dreamed of doing, only to realize that I couldn’t get out of bed and walk 10 feet without a cane, so how would I be able to take the rigors of law school? I basically had to put my entire life on hold, never knowing if I would ever be able to fulfill my dreams.
Hi! My name is Lisa and on April 5, 2010 I had gastric bypass surgery. I truly believe it was the best personal decision I have ever made. I would like to begin by saying I have actually GAINED! I gained a new birthday one day after my original birthday and yes, I celebrate them both! I gained self-confidence, energy, a better lifestyle, and the ability to truly enjoy and embrace life. I love being able to hold my head high and look people in the eye as I pass them by, but the most important one I can look in the eye is the one staring back in the mirror.
I had the lap band surgery in October 2008. I am so grateful for all of the things that I can do since having the surgery and losing weight. I can now bend over to pick up something off the floor or get down on my knees to work in the garden and then get back up without having to crawl to a bench. I’m kind of a klutz and occasionally lose my balance and fall flat on my face. The first time I did that after losing a significant amount of weight was outside my dog groomer’s shop. I tripped on a rubber mat and was flat on my face before I knew what happened. My first thought was, “I hope nobody saw me.” My second thought was, “Hey! It’s okay! I can get myself back up!!”
After a herniated disk ruptured in my lower back, I lost function of my right leg and could not get the weight off from my recent pregnancy. I ended up having surgery to clean off the disc, which relieved pain, but an MRI showed that there were 2 more herniated discs, at risk of rupture. My physician told me that I needed to lose weight to improve the back problems, but re-injury to the back would result from trying to exercise.
Deciding to have a Gastric Bypass was one of the best decisions I have ever made! My highest weight was 275 lbs. I lost 20 lbs. to get down to 250 lbs. and stayed there. I knew I needed help. I have Fibromyalgia, had Diabetes and High Blood Pressure and was exhausted all the time. I now weigh 145 lbs., no more Diabetes or High Blood Pressure.
This journey not only changed how I look but how I feel. After my surgery, I graduated from College and moved on in my career to a job that I am on my feet moving constantly. Without the surgery I would not be able to do my job or participate in my life as I know it today. I lost a total of 110 pounds and have kept it off for 5.5 years. Every day is a new beginning as I did not lose the ticks or triggers that led me to the place I was before my surgery.
My name is Heidi and I had Laparoscopic Banding Surgery April 30th 2009. I have lost 143 lbs. I am very happy I had this surgery. I can do things I was unable to do before, such as the ability to cross my legs, I can bend over and put my shoes on by myself, I can do physical activity that I could not do before. I love it that I can buy smaller, more stylish clothing without needing to buy from the plus size section. However, the most amazing change is doing things with my son that I was unable to do before. I went to Boondocks with my son and was able to race him in the go carts. I would not have been able to do this had I not have had the surgery.