So here is a little about me. I’ll keep it short…….or at least try!!! LOL
So I’ve been overweight my whole life. From a wonderful family, though for some reason I was always the “chubby” one. My father in his younger days, as well as my mother were both slim. I have one sister, 7 years my elder, who was always thin thin thin. So to be honest, I’m not sure why I was the way I was. Food was liberal, always well fed, obviously maybe to well fed, but yet, how did my sister maintain her svelt figure? I don’t think I will ever understand my childhood years, or my teen years, other than they were what they were. Always active, I figure skated for about 15 or 16 years, several times a week. As a young child, we cross country skiied, then as I got older we downhill skiied. As a teenager who was able to drive, I was on the slopes most weekends with friends. But yet, still, I was always the “bigger” girl. When I married at 20 years of age, I was 240 lbs, had two children, then divorced 5 years later. From the age of 25 to 40 I encountered several medical problems. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, High cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes, and surgery for my gallbladder all in one appointment.
By 40 and 3 months, I then suffered an unstable angina attack…….a heart attack!! Off to the Heart Institute I went, and my right coranary artery was blocked at 99%. They put in a stent. Life changing moment, though as I told my cardiologist, no one should get to this point. At my highest weight, I would estimate 320 lbs.
So the decision was made. Gastric Bypass. But due to the heart attack, I had to wait a year since I was on blood thinners for one year. I promised myself I would do whatever it took until the surgery came along and if I still needed it, then so be it.
My research, extensive it was…began. I did everything, read everything, and even walked a 10km for charity 4 months after my attack. I meant business…..LOL And I have not changed course since. My new birthday was November 5, 2009 (weight 302lbs) when I had Weight Loss Surgery. It has been an amazing journey. But it has been so much more than weight loss. It has been a reinvention, a self exploration, a challenge. But with all of that…….NOT one regret.