Lost 92 Pounds
There’s no other way to say this: I got my life back. And I got myself
back. I didn’t start becoming overweight until my early thirties,
and my self-image never really adjusted. Every time I looked in the mirror,
I expected to see the person I used to be, and no matter how often that
expectation was dashed, I never stopped hoping to see that person looking
back at me in the mirror, rather than the one I never really accepted
or understood. In our evaluations before surgery, we are told over and
over again that this surgery isn’t magic. But it is. The transformation
is completely magical; it’s just that the magic requires a lot of
hard work after its initial “overnight” effects. People ask
me if I feel constrained now; if the surgery made me feel imprisoned in
some way by the fact that I can never again binge the way I once did.
Quite the opposite. I have been freed. And other aspects of my life, relationships,
work, everything, has all been affected for the better. It’s an
amazing journey. And it’s still ongoing.