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!!