Becky's Weight Loss Journey
Gastric Bypass 287 pounds ||After Gastric
Bypass 160 pounds |
I was always thin until
I hit my late thirties, and then the pounds started piling on. I guess when you
get comfortable in a relationship you tend to let yourself go a little, at least
that is what I did.
I went from a young, thin, happy woman to a 287-
pound, size 24, miserable woman. My marriage ended in divorce. My 5-year-old son
was very active in sports and I couldn't do anything with him, because I got winded
very easily and my knees ached with any activity. Due to my weight problem I had
difficulty standing during my long shifts as an X-Ray tech. I had been going to
a podiatrist to address my foot pain, and I had to wear special insoles in my
shoes everyday. Every time I would climb stairs, I heard my knees crack and I
thought I would need knee surgery soon.
I tried several diets. When
I attempted the Atkins diet, I lost 70 pounds and gained all of it back and then
some when I stopped the diet.
One of my girlfriends mentioned she was
going to have gastric bypass and I thought she was crazy. However, the more I
thought about it, the more I thought maybe it was for me. I waited and researched
it for about a year. When I talked to Dr. Raja and the staff at the Bridges Center,
I knew I was ready to have surgery. I did not tell my friends or family that I
was going to have surgery. However, everyone figured out that I had surgery when
the weight started coming off, and I could not wear new clothes for more than
a week before they were too loose on me. By then, I was so excited about my weight
loss that I did not care who knew.
It has been 9 months since my surgery,
and I weigh 160 pounds and wear a size 10, which is the same size I wore in high
school. I could not be happier and I have never felt better. I no longer have
to wear insoles and I can wear any kind of sandal I want, comfortably. I run up
and down the stairs with no pain in my knees. Before, I hated any situation where
I had to sit in small seats and avoided them as much as possible. Now, I love
flying and going to the movies. It is amazing how exciting it is when you first
realize that you can fit into the seats anywhere.
I work in the Radiology
Department at Southwest General Hospital, and see Dr. Raja's patients come in
almost everyday. I enjoy sharing my experience with them and being a source of
If I had to do it over again, I would in a heart beat.
Not only do I feel healthier and eat healthier, I feel 20 years younger and I
no longer take any more medications. I want to thank everybody at the Bridges
Center for your continued support in my ongoing care. I feel like you are part
of my extended family.