Saturday, March 16, 2013

Nearly 2 years

It's been nearly 2 years since I've had my surgery.  So many changes have occurred and I'm not even sure if I can believe all of the changes that I have made in my life.  I still feel so fortunate to have been able to realize this dream.  I have dropped nearly 180 lbs.  I have shrunk from a size 30 (5X) to a size 14 (XL).  I have gained so much confidence that it is almost scary.  I have never been a shy person, but now there is almost no limit to the things that I will let myself try.

In October I was able to fly to Florida with my family to go to Disney.  I was able to purchase just one seat for myself.  Two years ago I would have been forced to get two seats due to my size.  I was able to walk all day through any park that I wanted to.  I was able to ride which ever ride I wanted to go on with my children.  I was able to create memories that only 2 years ago I thought would be impossible to have.  This has given me so much happiness!!

There are other things that have occurred since I have had my surgery that affect other members of my family.  After seeing my success, my dad made the difficult decision to have the sleeve done.  He is 6 months out from his procedure and has lost 128 lbs!!  I am so happy for him and so proud of him!  Without knowing it he is giving me and my family a gift.  He is giving us a chance to spend more time with him and he is giving himself a better quality of life.

I am still losing weight very slowly.  I am starting to plan my reconstructive surgery.  I have to stabilize my weight for 12 to 18 months and then I will be able to have the old stretched out, loose skin removed.  I am nervous to have this done, but excited at the same time.

I think the most exciting thing that has happened recently is the call I received 2 days ago.  I was asked by my hospital to do a testimonial about my bariatric success.  I will be featured in advertisements and literature promoting the program.  I feel very honored to be asked to do this.  I will keep you posted!!