Living with obesity can really complicate a person’s existence physically, emotionally and socially. I’m telling you this because I was once obese. Today, my life has changed dramatically not because dieting and exercise finally paid off. It had to do with making a well thought-out choice. I decided to go with gastric sleeve surgery. Yes, it seems a bit drastic to most folks, however I’m here today with no regrets with a choice that needed to be made so long ago.
My health problem started when I thought life was all about eating at all hours and basically not watching my intake of food. This became serious once I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about nine years ago. My A1C was at level 10. The doctor immediately started me with insulin three times a day and one pill two times a day. I struggled with different diets for years and could not lose the weight. I just kept gaining weight. My energy was totally drained; I went to sleep tired and woke up tired. There was no social life as I became isolated and started getting depressed and I felt like I was dragging in the slums. Shopping is something I cherish with my daughters. It was an adventure I didn’t dare do too often. Nor did I like taking pictures of myself. Nevertheless, I kept torturing myself by trying on style after style and size after size and leaving the shopping center more miserable than when I came in.
“Today, my life has changed dramatically not because dieting and exercise finally paid off. It had to do with making a well thought-out choice. I decided to go with gastric sleeve surgery.”
Then I heard about the gastric sleeve surgery that was putting diabetes in remission. That was it. I attended a seminar and met with Ernesto Garza, MD. All of my questions were answered not just by him, but other patients. He educated me, giving me the pros and cons about the surgery procedure. The decision was made to have the surgery done.
After my surgery on December 10, 2012, I went from injecting myself three times a day to zero injections. Now my energy levels are as high as they have ever been. And my A1C is at six. Shopping is not a nightmare anymore. I love to shop. I fit into almost everything. It has been almost one year since my surgery and I have lost 61 lbs. I’m the healthiest I have ever been. It has changed my life completely and I have no regret.
If a survey was made based on a chance that surgery could change a person’s quality of life, it would be a small percent. I’m part of that small percentage and could say that this surgery has given me my life back and I’m now living a good life. I have learned to eat healthy and love myself. Today my emotional state has changed and I’m willing to take life on. I made the right choice for myself and I have no regrets.