So, for a couple of years, I have been researching bariatric surgery. I have gone back and forth, wondering if it was something I could do and not die. Right before I found out I was pregnant with Grace, I made an appointment with a bariatric surgeon in South Jersey. I had to cancel it to go to my first ultrasound appointment. I lost about 50 pounds during my pregnancy with Grace, and like every other fat chick who has had the same experience, I expected I would have no trouble keeping it off. Lo and behold, not only did it find me again, but it brought with it 5 or 6 of it’s little friends. Something has to be done.
I did some more research, and wanted to find a surgeon who seemed to really be knowledgeable – not just someone who does the operation. I believe I found that in Dr. Nusbaum. He seems like he is a pioneer in the field, making the surgery better and safer.
I had no idea how long it would take to get approval, but I got mine today. I still have testing to do, and I have to get my family doctor to give the final okay for the procedure, declaring me fit and ready for surgery. I hope I won’t have much trouble with that, because I know Dr. Heck doesn’t believe in this surgery.
I am hoping to start my life over. I am hoping to find confidence and feel better about myself. I am hoping to live a full life with my kids, not one where I am afraid to do anything. I am not the kind of mom I want to be to them, and I won’t be weighing this much.
So, August 1st. It is the start of my new life. A rebirth. A new beginning. A promise of a brighter tomorrow. And hopefully, a size 14 by Christmas.