I had Roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery on September 28, 2009. The reason I choose the Roux-en-y gastric bypass is because I wanted something more permanent. I was tired of the yo-yo diets that I had done in the past.
In February 2009, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. It made us think about our lives. We wanted to enjoy what time we have left because we are not guaranteed tomorrow. My husband and I enjoy traveling, but it was getting embarrassing having to ask the stewardess for an extension for the seat belts. It was also embarrassing that I could not go to amusement parks and ride the rides because I was too big. Or that I could not go to concerts because I could not fit into a seat. I have two granddaughters and another grandchild on the way. I have always wanted to be a fun grandma and not one of those grandmas that was not fun to be around because she could not run and play. I had turned into that person.
So I went to Dr. Anderson's seminar and listened to what he had to say. I came home and explained everything to my husband and family. This was one of the hardest decisions that I have ever had to make. Because I knew that having the surgery would change my life forever and that it would be a long hard road. I convinced my mother to go to some of the support meetings before I had surgery so that she would understand and support my decision. My family understood that something had to be done and supported my decision.
Before I had surgery, I was taking four Advils or three Ultrams a day, just so that I could walk. Since I had surgery this past September, I have lost 70 pounds and do not take any medication at all. Today I am able to walk, climb, bend down and pick up things or play with the grandchildren without getting short of breath or being exhausted.
This past Christmas my oldest granddaughter and I were outside chasing one another and spraying each other with silly string. I can still hear her laughter! Now they have to keep up with me!
My family is my biggest support team. I also have a good friend that had the surgery four years ago she has been my role model and encourages me everyday. I also have a great support team at work because everyday someone notices my accomplishments and makes a remark. They all have been really a great support team!
My biggest regret is that I did not have the surgery years ago. But I was too scared. I am so thankful for Dr. Anderson and his crew; they have made a new person out of me. I can do things now that I was not able to do in a long time. Now my husband is cancer free and we are planning a cruise to Alaska this year! I still have a ways to go to reach my goal, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
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