Well, I'm doing it. I have carefully considered the risks and complications as well as the benefits of weight loss surgery. And I'm scheduled for surgery in 4 days (Thursday, June 3rd). I'm excited and frightened. Which I think is normal.
I've already attended my pre-operation class. I learned soooo much! And I'll share that information with you throughout my journey.
There are many skills and life changes I am going to have to make. The surgical team suggests that there are many ways to make my surgery successful. The most important thing to remember is that the success of my surgery depends on ME!!! This is a lifetime commitment.
To help me maintain my focus after the surgery, I have identified three goals that I I hope to accomplish with the help of my Gastric-By-Pass surgery (GBPS).
#1 KEEP UP WITH MY FAMILY!
I always feel like I'm holding everyone back. When my family goes hiking, I've always been the one who waits at the bottom of the trail or mountain. I don't want to do that. I want to be out enjoying nature with them.
But this goal is much more than physical. I want to keep up with my daughters when they are married in the temple. I want to be alive for grandchildren. I want to enjoy family reunions with my parents and brothers and sister. I want to not be held back because of my weight or health problems.
#2 BE HEALTHY!
I am really excited when I read the research about how GBPS helps diabetics! My immediate goal is to be off all diabetic medication by the end of July! I'm also hoping that the weight loss will help with my arthritis in my back. There are other health benefits I'm hoping for to. I'd like to live healthier and longer. And maybe... just maybe... I'll learn to like or at least want to exercise daily! (Exercise has not been one of my favorite things for 37 years!)
#3 LIVE COMFORTABLY IN THE WORLD!
I hate shopping for clothes. It's not fun to walk past the cute clothes for "normal" size women and go to the dinky section of plus-size clothing. I can't wait to shop in the average section.
I also don't like flying. I always have to ask for a seat-belt extender. How embarrassing. Maybe someday I'll find those seats comfortable. I won't feel wedged into them.
I can't wait for people to look at me and not feel sorry for my size. I see judgements in their eyes.
Well... this is the count-down. T minus 3 1/2 days and counting!!!!!