It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with my weight my entire adult life. I’ve had several go arounds on Weight Watchers, tried Jenny Craig, tried counting calories and tracking every single calorie consumed and burned. They have all offered me short term success but the pounds have always come back and brought friends. A couple years ago I started researching weight loss surgery because, quite frankly, I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and I’m miserable. When I first started researching it, I mentioned it to my primary care doctor at the time and she dismissed the idea. She said I just needed to work harder and be patient, then gave me some Overeaters Anonymous and Weight Watchers pamphlets. Now, those programs have worked wonders for some people but they made my issues worse. I lost very little weight and became obsessed with food. So, I found a new doctor and tried again. That doctor was more dismissive than the first one. Work harder, eat less, be more patient, try Weight Watchers even though it hasn’t worked before. I tried it again and failed miserably.
By that time I was really frustrated. My self esteem and mood were in the toilet. My entire body was achy and tired. Somehow I got the energy to find yet another new doctor and try again. This time my doctor was very responsive. She listened carefully while I told her about my research and my reasons for wanting surgery and why I thought it was the best option for me. She actually agreed with me! She gave me a referral to a local weight loss and bariatric surgery center.
That was in January 2017. I attended the first available information session, which was in March. Soon after that I was evaluated by a nurse practitioner, nutritionist, and psychologist. All 3 had to approve me as a candidate for surgery. I was finally approved in July and now I have my surgery date, October 16.
That surgery date comes with about a million appointments I have to attend, so I’m a little overwhelmed but I’m also relieved. I’m also pretty excited! This is going to change my life for the better.