My Journey

Before Gastric Bypass

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.

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