I am getting very low on success stories.
If you havenít done so already, please send me yours along with
your before and after pictures. It is how you can give back for
what you gain from this newsletter.
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your updated story and new photos are welcome.
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I want to offer Melissa Foster special thanks
for sharing her story with us.
After seeing your latest newsletter, I was compelled to finally send
you my own personal success story. Much like your last your success
story, my journey hasn't been all rainbows as far as my eating is
concerned. When I watched your video on your latest newsletter, well
you really hit the nail on the head for what happened to me in my own
personal journey. Let me start from the beginning if I may.
My name is Melissa Foster and I had surgery in
2006 when I was 29 years old just before I approached my 30th
birthday. I had met my husband several years prior. He had weight
loss surgery and was very successful in his journey losing from 380
lbs. down to 200 lbs. He was my inspiration; however with me being a
nurse I was still skeptical about the procedure. Like many, I had
lost hundreds of pounds throughout my life only to gain the weight
back and then some. I began doing my own research on weight loss
surgery for a couple years looking at online sources and as many books
I could get my hands on.
The year before I had my weight loss surgery I
had gotten up to 328 lbs. and developed type two diabetes,
hypertension, high cholesterol, back and foot pain and stress
incontinence. I was so very young and this was affecting not
only my health, but my career also. I felt like I was becoming
disabled at a very young age. Life couldn't go on this way any longer.
In the words of my family physician, "I was a walking time bomb."
I was able to lose a lot of weight prior to my
surgery, about 50 lbs. I was 280 lbs. on surgery day, December 4th,
2006. I reached goal on November 7th, 2007, losing 140 lbs. I
continued to lose down to 133 lbs. At this point I started hearing
all sorts of feedback about my weight being too little and how I
needed to start gaining it back. I mainly heard this from family
members. This was the part of my journey I was not prepared for.
Well my pre-op binge eating disorder reared its ugly head and I
started dabbling in foods I had never tried since surgery and feeling
like "I can't make my family happy." It was a very upsetting, lonely
place to be. This wasn't all my family members, but several very
important ones to me.
I started to get psychological therapy and that
helped a lot but it wasnít a "cure." I have to work at it daily. It
is still hard to believe that my family could actually not be happy
for my success. It wasn't until recently that I really truly grasped
this idea and now understand that my happiness really comes down to
me. I have gained about 10-15 lbs. back from my lowest, weighing
around 145 lbs. I am 5'5" and very active. I have gained lots of
muscle from weight training and I also run.
I wear a size 4/6 and I am very ecstatic about my
overall success. My plastic surgeon says I have 10-15 lbs. to lose in
skin so I am slowly accepting my weight gain but I know if I am not
careful I can easily gain the weight back. Surgery isn't a "cure
So thank you for that latest video, it really hit
home for me. Family can be very wonderful but also can be the ones
that hurt us the most because we love them so dearly and really do
care about their opinions of us, sometimes too much.
I am now 2 years post-op. My husband is 7 years
post-op and we are working on developing a site for weight loss
surgery patients to go to and feel supported. We plan to launch the
site after the new year. We are also going to write a book and we are
very excited about these major goals we are setting out to achieve. I
see this as the rainbow at this point in my journey. I won't call it
the end, as the journey never ends.
I have learned so much about myself through this
process and I never want to stop learning either. I also want to keep
"paying it forward." I do believe that is how we all end up successful
on this journey. We should never be doing this alone and knowing
there is a community out there to help support us even when the going
gets rough and it isn't all rainbows all the time.
newsletter has truly touched me and inspired me. Thanks for letting
me share my story.
Here is a link to the video Melissa referred to: