Linda's Weight Loss Journey
Before Gastric Bypass |
Gastric Bypass |
never be overweight! Boy, was I kidding myself. By the time I made it to age thirty-five,
I was a few pounds overweight, but nothing drastic. Then, in 1992 I was diagnosed
with ulcerative colitis. Medications in the form of steroids helped, but at a
cost, because I was no longer slightly overweight.
Before I knew it,
I was forty pounds overweight. I figured forty pounds was no big deal. There were
people who were hundreds of pounds overweight. I would never let it get to that
point. It was that type of attitude and thinking that got me to the heaviest I
had ever been, two hundred and sixty-eight pounds.
Walking became difficult;
I would get leg cramps, my feet would hurt, and I would get winded. I was diagnosed
with Type II Diabetes last year. I was also having problems sleeping and I couldn't
understand why I was so sleepy during the day. I realized I was heading in the
same direction as some of my family members, and it wouldn't be long before I
was suffering from the same health problems.
My cardiologist had me
do a sleep study to find out why I was having difficulty sleeping. As a result,
I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, a condition in which an individual actually
stops breathing during deep sleep. I was fitted with a machine called a CPAP that
I had to wear on my face at night while I slept.
My cardiologist also
told me that I had a Left Bundle Branch Block and Mitral Valve Prolapse, and that
it would really be in my best interest if I tried to lose some weight. That was
not where I wanted to be at that stage of my life. I started taking all the medications
my doctors prescribed and started using my CPAP machine every night, but I wanted
to do more to improve my health.
I had thought about having some kind
of weight loss surgery, but I have to admit it scared me a little. My youngest
sister had the surgery three years ago and it was successful; she lost one hundred
and eighty pounds and has kept it off. This began to motivate me to look into
the possibility of having surgery to help me lose weight. I certainly had health
issues that I needed to address, and I was the only one that could make a difference
in my health.
I spoke to my sister at length about her experience with
the weight loss surgery and decided to attend one of the seminars with the Bridges
Center for Surgical Weight Loss. Dr. Raja was very informative and answered all
of my questions at the seminar. I was on my way to improving my health, I had
the support of my family, my job, and my insurance.
I started the process,
which required several diagnostic tests and letters of clearance from my physicians;
they were very encouraging. My physicians told me that I was doing the best thing
ever for my health and that I would be adding years to my life.
took place on July 9th of this year, and even though it has only been a little
over four months, I have already lost eighty-five pounds! Dr. Raja expects me
to reach one hundred percent of my goal. One of the most important things I tried
to have was a very positive attitude about the surgery, and Dr. Raja along with
his staff helped me develop and maintain this philosophy so I could reach that
goal. I feel like I have been given a second chance at having a healthy life.
I exercise regularly, am eating healthier than I ever have and I feel good about
it. I don't feel deprived or restricted in any way. If I had it to do over again,
I would have the surgery a hundred times over! Thanks Dr. Raja!