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Transcript: A healthier mother

I have always been overweight. I was always the biggest one for my age. It’s always been a struggle for me. So I had tried everything else. I started Weight Watchers for the first time when I was nine years old.

When I had my first child, that was really the changing point for me when I decided to do something. It took over 16 months before we finally conceived, with some help with fertility drugs.

Throughout my first pregnancy, very early on, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. So I was on 71 units of insulin a day before I finally gave birth. I had severe pre-eclampsia that hit suddenly, so my oldest son was an emergency C-section. And they had to deliver him early to save my life. Literally, my liver was swelling and starting to shut down.

During my pregnancy, I’d heard, a lady who became a friend later, speak on the radio about gastric bypass surgery and that’s what made me interested in it. And it just kind of stayed in the back of my mind. I knew that I wanted more children eventually and I just hoped that conceiving and especially pregnancy would be healthier afterwards.

I didn’t want him to grow up remembering, mom can’t… if she gets down on the floor to play with me, she can’t get back up on her own.

So for six months, I saw my family doctor once a month, I went to Weight Watchers every week. I lost nine pounds and gained six and that was honestly giving it my best effort. It left no doubt in my mind whatsoever that this was the right choice for me. I really don’t feel like I would be here, the age that I am now, had I not had it.

Fortunately, my oldest (son) is 13 now, he doesn’t remember, and I’ve asked him about that. Do you remember me being big? And when he sees pictures of me, even from when he was just a baby or before he was born, he doesn’t recognize me. I have to tell him that’s me. So he doesn’t remember me not being able to keep up with him or having to worry about trying to keep up with him, but I will always remember.

I don’t avoid activities like that. I don’t look at this couch or sit down on the floor with the kids with dread, not knowing if I’ll be able to get back up by myself. Now I just don’t even think about it. I just get to enjoy life a lot more.

Of course, gastric bypass is just a tool and it depends on the patient and how they use that tool as to how successful they are, and especially long-term… how well I do at keeping the weight off is all up to me. It’s by far not the easy way out. It’s all been worth it, definitely, I would do it again in a heartbeat.