Deciding On Weight Loss Surgery
For years, I struggled with obesity and the health problems that came with it. My diabetes had taken over my life, my joints were in constant pain, and I was tired and depressed a lot of the time. I got winded just from taking the stairs, and was embarrassed to have to shop in the big girls’ section of department stores.
I tried just about every type of diet and exercise routine there was, but struggled to lose weight and keep it off. I had knee surgery not once, but twice, and my health just kept getting worse. I started having pain all over, and visited 22 different doctors for it, but none could give me a diagnosis.
One day I looked in the mirror, stared straight into my soul, and asked, “Can I really do this on my own?”
The honest answer was no. So, I made an appointment with the surgeon.
Many of you probably have similar stories. Some days it’s difficult just to get out of bed. There is constant suffering, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too.
Whatever your reasons for considering weight loss surgery (and there are many), it can be a scary thought, but it can also be a life-saver.
If you’re anything like I was, you probably have a ton of questions. You want to know everything there is to know about your options. You want to know about preparing for surgery. And you want to know what challenges you can expect to face on your post-surgery journey.
If you’re struggling with whether or not to have surgery, here are some things I’ve learned and resources that may make your decision a little easier.