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Jul 6 2013
Taking Care of Me

It’s been two years since I had my bariatric surgery here at St. Joseph’s Hospital. It was by no means an easy decision for me. For a couple of years I had contemplated it. I spoke with people that had the surgery and read articles; I even went to a couple of support group meetings the hospital offered. I heard the same story over and over - people just like me who had struggled with obesity pretty much their whole lives, but since having the surgery were healthy, happy and active. Did I say happy?

After gaining my families support and my primary physician’s blessings, I gathered up all the courage I could and had the surgery. That was May of 2011 and 100 pounds ago. That was when I finally started taking care of ME.

When I started writing this post, I wasn’t sure in what direction I wanted to go, so I’ve decided to talk about some of the positive things that have happened to me in the last two years. First, the physical aspect: I no longer have diabetes, my cholesterol is perfect (without meds), my blood pressure is great, my back/knees/hips/feet no longer hurt anymore and no more becoming short of breath when I take the stairs. In fact, I’ve even taken up running. Some other perks: I can sit in a chair comfortably and cross my legs, heck, I can even clip my toenails with ease! 

As far as the psychological benefits, they are numerous! I could go on for hours, but here’s a few. I love to go shopping for clothes and every day people tell me I look great. That never gets old! I like doing things with people now and am no longer self conscious because I was the big girl of the group. Last, but certainly not least, I look at least 10 years younger.

As you can see, my life has changed! If you are struggling with morbid obesity like I did, consider having the surgery. Your life could change too.

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