I have so many things to talk about and pictures to post but I have just passed an anniversary that I want to celebrate so I’m doing that today!
On December 27th I celebrated 4 years since I had gastric bypass surgery. I had many reasons for the surgery and you can read about them in more detail HERE if you would like. I also welcome questions. I know that many of you haven’t been with me for that long.
To give you a brief history;
I struggled with my weight from the age of 14 (puberty) and no one could ever find a reason for the varied medical problems and weight gain I suffered. The only time I was ever thin was in high school when I suffered the depression of a broken heart and drove myself into the ground. I married at 190 pounds and as the birth control took effect my health plummeted. By the time I had surgery in December of 2004 I was 285 pounds, I took 9 prescription medications, I had partial memory loss, high blood pressure, couldn’t have children, and was told that without drastic measures I would NOT see my 30th birthday.
Thank God the military was willing to pay for drastic and I had laparoscope ruen-y gastric bypass surgery.
The journey was hard, the physical effects of the surgery were hard, knowing that this was my last chance has been difficult. I would not change a thing.
In the past four years I have:
Gone from 285 pounds down to 145 pounds. I have lost what I weigh. I have lost a whole person.
I have gone from a size 22 to a size 4. (9 pant sizes)
I have 0 prescription medications. Only a few vitamins are on my daily diet.
I have gone from a diagnoses of death before 30 to happy and healthy and WELL on my way to that fateful birthday.
My life is very different than it was. I’m healthy and happy.
It’s strange how different my life is. I am constantly amazed at how differently I’m treated, and how differently people relate to me.
Let me give you one example.
Shortly before my surgery the air conditioning unit on our house went out. I was there with my mom when the repairman showed up. He was flirting with us for whatever reason. He finally said “I’m sorry you two just look so much alike. Are you sisters?”
We laughed and I said, “No, we’re mother and daughter actually!”
He looked at me with a bit of shock and said, “Well I”m not going to lie! You do NOT look old enough to have a daughter her age.” and he pointed at my mom.
It was devastating to say the least.
I had the surgery to get healthy… to have kids… to have a life! Though it hasn’t all worked out the way I’d hoped it would it has been an amazing journey. I may not have all I want in life but there are benefits! I’ve spent days exploring the streets and bridges of Paris ON FOOT!
Yes, my life is very different…
It became a tradition after the surgery for me to post before and after pictures as a form of accountability to myself. I haven’t done this now since my 2nd anniversary and it’s about time to update! So here you go…
Before and after front shots.
This picture was taken on Christmas morning just two days before surgery. (I apologize for the horrible quality of the before pictures. It seems that as a morbidly obese woman I avoided the camera like the plague!)
December 25th, 2004
December 27th, 2008
Before and after side shots.
December 27th, 2008
As drastic as the body shots are the head shots throw me for a loop every time.
December 24th, 2004
December 27th, 2008.
It’s been a hard road but one worth traveling. Through all of the illnesses and the medications, the infertility and the heartache I have become the woman I am today and fat or thin I’m comfortable in my own skin…
I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to live each and every day in health and happiness. I’m excited to see what the next year will bring!