Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Success

Karen's Surgical Weight Loss Story

Karen after bariatric weight loss surgery

I have been on both sides of the coin. The first half of my life, I could barely top 90 lbs., and that was even after having four kids. All I wanted to do was to gain weight. As I got older, some weight came, which is normal, and I finally felt comfortable with myself.

But in 2005 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called sarcoidosis. I couldn’t breathe and had this awful continuous dry cough. That was the beginning of my illness and all the meds that come with it. I was on steroids, which caused weight gain, and along with that came water retention, hypertension and depression. More medications, sleep apnea and pre-diabetes followed. I was terrified of becoming diabetic.

I was in a circle. I couldn’t lose weight because I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t breathe because I couldn’t lose weight. I worked with my primary physician and specialist over the last few years, trying to get my weight down and slow down the process of becoming disabled. At that point, I was becoming limited in my daily and normal activities. I was in a losing battle.

I wanted to be healthy and be able to run, jump and play with my grandchildren. I am still young and shouldn’t have to file for disability. There had to be something that I could do to get myself back again. I had the support of both of my physicians, my co-workers, my adult children and the love of my life, “Sky.” I listened to what the bariatric surgeon could do for me and I researched the process, I asked questions, I went ahead with all the appointments and I asked more questions. I had my bariatric surgery on April 22, 2010, and it was one of the best, although the most difficult, decisions that I’ve ever made.

One year later, I had lost 47 lbs. I could breathe again. I was no longer on my two inhalers and no longer needed medications to clear my lungs. I could go to the beach with six of my grandchildren and run and jump and play with them. I will always have sarcoidosis, but it’s not giving me any problems right now. I do still have hypertension because of my bad sleep habits. But if I get a decent night’s sleep consistently, I will have that under control also. I am not done with my journey, and I welcome anyone to ask me about it. I thank  . They totally rock!


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