“I decided to get the surgery because I had a weight problem for
most of my life and I had tried everything you can imagine to lose the
weight. I eventually developed hypertension and diabetes. I did not want
to die young. I wanted to raise my children and this was the best option for me.
Bariatric surgery truly gave me my life back. I never used to feel well
or do things with my kids. My weight was embarrassing and I stayed away
from several social situations. Now, my life is the total opposite. I
have always been an outgoing person, but now I feel like who I am on the
outside truly matches who I am on the inside. I would definitely recommend
the surgery to someone else.
It is not for everyone. Issues with food are still there, and it is not
an easy way out. It is a tool to help you get there. You have to have
your eyes open, understand what the risks are, and be compliant. Otherwise,
you can “cheat” your body and gain the weight back. This is
a lifelong struggle, with or without surgery. It is amazing. Every day
I am amazed and so thankful. I can enjoy my family and my life.”