Although I don't always have time to spend on GTT, I always feel so welcome by this group. Since we generally don't see each other, some changes aren't obvious unless we happen to appear in a photo.
I have always struggled with my weight. My weight has gone up and down (in large volumes) for my entire life. Last spring (2017) I came to the conclusion that I could not continue to carry so much weight. I was starting to experience side effects that I had not really experienced when I was younger and overweight. I was taking blood pressure meds. I had been struggling with acid reflux for many years. I was starting to get winded with a single flight of stairs. During the months leading up to surgery, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. And, of course, I was always dealing with the general discomfort associated with being overweight. It was time to make a change.
The change I chose was Roux-en-y gastric bypass. I had surgery 11/20/17. I did well with the surgery and have done well with the post operative adjustments. This was not an easy decision and involves a life-long commitment. I feel like this was the right thing to do for myself and my family. I am confident that I have reduced some of the health risks (co-morbidities) in my life. I am no longer taking blood pressure meds, have not experienced acid reflux in over a year, and as a bonus, I fit better on roller coaster rides!
Here are a few comparison pictures from before the surgery and last week.