I want to offer a special thanks to Claudia
for sharing her story with us.
Hello, my name is
Claudia and I am happy that I was able to have gastric bypass surgery!
I am 46 years old, separated since Sept. 2007, with one 12 year old
son from my second marriage.
I had problems with
my weight since high school. I weighed 155 lbs. at 5'5 until I gained
10 lbs in my senior year. I left home at 18 and within 9 months
managed to gain 45 lbs. I returned home to live with my parents at age
19 and lost 30 lbs. Then I got a job at 20 years old working grave
yard shift and managed to gain 50 lbs in 1 year.
My doctor put me on
a diabetic eating program and gave me medication for my thyroid which was
a little low. I tried the cabbage diet and then discovered the Richard
Simmons Deal-A-Meal program at age 32 and managed to lose 35 lbs. My
weight was then 229 lbs.
At the age of 33, I
got pregnant and gained 79 lbs. My weight at the time I delivered my
son was 308 lbs. I managed to lose 39 lbs of pregnancy weight, but it
was a constant struggle to eat right and exercise.
My son's father left
us when my son was 2 years old. I went through emotional eating and
not caring about anything. I tried diet drugs and joined Curves and
followed their eating program which I failed miserably.
Then I got married
to my current husband whom I'm separated from. I was very unhappy with
him. He was constantly trying to control me. I finally reached my
highest weight of 325 lbs. I had sleep apnea, high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, I was pre-diabetic and my left ankle swelled 3 times
its normal size.
Every December, my
colds would turn into pneumonia. The second time I contracted
pneumonia my doctor suggested to look into gastric bypass surgery. I
started investigating weight loss surgery seriously in February
2004. I was told to lose 10% of my weight which was 32 lbs. In
December 2004 I lost 16 lbs and my doctor sent in my paperwork. From
that time to June 2005, I lost another 23lbs. By my surgery date of
June 22, 2005 my weight went down to 285 lbs.
My doctor was Dr.
Suh of Inland Medical Center, Wildomar, CA. I wasn't one of his most
successful patients only losing 71 lbs with a total of 111 lbs lost.
After surgery I
struggled with my husband. We were constantly arguing and fighting. He
disapproved of me having surgery because I wouldn't be eating
normally. He became the larger of both of us.
I feel better now
than in my twenties. I'm off my blood pressure medication, off the
c-pap machine and my cholesterol is normal. I'm amazed at all the
energy I have. I'm eating small amounts of food and a normal amount of
calories so my body is not starving or feeling deprived in any way.
Losing weight will create a healthier body, but in my case I lost my
marriage. Emotional and other problems exist still and I deal with those
with prayer and counseling. I may be alone but life is not as hard as
before surgery. I'm willing to experience more opportunities than
before my surgery. I traveled to Argentina in April 2008 and look
forward to many amazing times to come.
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