After Medical Weight Loss Surgery

Donna's Surgical Weight Loss Story

Donna after medical weight loss surgery

Before I had bariatric surgery, you could say I was like “the walking dead,” showing signs of living by breathing, walking, eating and sleeping, but not living. I was scared to do a lot of things. I was afraid that I couldn’t ride the rides at an amusement park. I wouldn’t go to the neighborhood pool because I was afraid of the stares and what others would say. I would only walk on the sidewalks because the ground may be uneven and I might lose my balance and sprain my ankle. I was afraid that in a few years, I would be worse off than my mom and my grandfather, who both had several health issues. I was borderline diabetic had high cholesterol and had polycystic ovarian syndrome.

There were two main reasons why I decided to have the surgery. First, I wanted to be in better health. I wanted to avoid being on medicine for the rest of my life. I had seen what obesity had done to my family members—heart attacks, COPD, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, even death. I had watched obesity steal life from my family members, and I wanted to prevent that for me.

The other reason I wanted to have this surgery was because I started to think about having children. I started to think, “What would I want for my children more than anything else?” And that was, I wanted them to be healthy and active. Then I thought, “Well, how can I help my children achieve that if the example they have to follow is not healthy or active?” I wanted to set a good example for my future children.

Just nine months after my surgery, I had lost 120 lbs., and I’m feeling great. I work out four to five days a week. I’m learning to roller skate. I’m not scared to do new things or even to meet new people. I am so thankful every day that I had this surgery. I am thankful to Dr. Richard and the staff. But I am also thankful for all the people I have met or will meet who have gone through or will go through the same procedures. These people have been a source of support for me that has helped me in so many ways. I still continue my journey. Every day I get healthier, stronger and smaller. And now I am finally living my life.


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