This is a blog of my own experiences and decisions about this choice. I made this decision for myself and my life.
This surgery will save my life. Obesity WILL kill me. While it kills me physically, I will wilt away from my normal gregarious self while I try to hide behind the person that's in this skin. At this point, I feel I've made the right decision. I've given my life 15 years of obesity and the related issues surrounding it. Some have said to me "why now? Why not wait?"
Wait for what? For my life to end? For my size to increase even more? For my knees to fail, my back to seize up and my asthma to be completely out of control? I'm already pre-diabetic... diabetes is around the corner if this life continues in this body as it is.
This tool I'm giving myself is Ace in my hand while the cards are being dealt out. I can eat mindfully as I have for a long time. I can exercise because I have for a long time. I can lose weight (& keep it off), which I haven't been able to for a long time.
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss tool in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples, glue and possibly cauterization) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.
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