We hear from many patients, even prior to their surgery that they don’t share with the people closest to them their plans. It’s not something shameful to have Gastric Sleeve surgery or Gastric Bypass surgery, but we are made to feel like we are a failure by being overweight.
A year ago today, Lisa had gastric sleeve surgery and says it’s been one of the best decisions ever. Here’s more in her own words:
I’ve lost 138 pounds to date and run 10-12 miles a week and lift weights.
I’ve heard a lot from others over this last year because I haven’t been shy about sharing my experience. I have been saddened by stories of people not wanting others to know they had it done like it’s something shameful. This isn’t magic. You can gain all your weight back. You can still eat the same way as before if you choose to do so. This surgery only prohibits you from eating large meals.
Being overweight is looked at differently and we have to be the ones to change that. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly and even went to Mexico to have it done because my insurance has this type of surgery as an exclusion, meaning even if my doctor said it was medically necessary, it’s still not covered.
There’s always lots of discussion about marginalized groups where I work, um well, obese individuals are one of those groups too.
When you have high blood pressure your doctor tells you to lose weight and exercise and come back in 3 months. So you go back and you haven’t done that, so the Dr. then says okay, here’s your prescription. An addict is an addict no matter what the drug of choice is. It’s still activated from the exact same part of the brain. However, with food addicts, it’s different because we still have to take in some of our drug to live.
I will keep on running and racing and if I can help you make a decision, I’d be happy to. So far I’ve been able to help 2 others go through this process and they are doing well.
One last thing, you really do notice who your cheerleaders are (and aren’t) through a process like this. The life lessons have been plentiful and I praise God and feel humbled to have had this opportunity to have this surgery.
CONGRATULATIONS LISA! What a transformation! You look wonderful and happy! Thank you for sharing such an intimate view of your personal experience.
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