All About Bea

My name is Bernice, but I prefer to be called Bea.  I’m 38 years old.  I’m married to a wonderful man, and I have a happy life.  But….there’s always a but. 

I had been obese my entire life.  I could not remember every being thin.  Ever.  As a result, I had health issues that would rival the swine flu.  I had diabetes and as a result took five shots a day.  I had heart disease.  I had high cholesterol.  I had high blood pressure.  I had bad knees….the list went on.

In April of 2009, I decided once and for all to get this over with and have weight loss surgery.  I completed all my pre-op requirements in October of 2009, and had Laproscopic RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery on November 10, 2009.  This is my journey.  Pre-op, surgery and post-op. 

I use this blog for a lot of things – to document my journey, first and foremost; to educate those who are considering surgery; to be completely honest about what life is like as a gastric bypass post op; to celebrate and to whine.

As of October 2010, nearly a year out from surgery, I have lost an entire person.  One. Entire. Person.  I have gone from 321 pounds at my highest (April of 2009) to 193 pounds (October 2010).  I have gone from a BMI of over 55 to a BMI of 33.  I have gone from super-morbidly obese to just merely obese.  I have gained a life I only ever dreamed about.  And my medical problems?  Gone.  GONE GONE GONE.

This is my journey out of the abyss that was obesity and into the light.  I’m happy, healthy, and I will no longer live my life with a “but.”

Of course, my actual butt flops to my ankles, but that’s another blog post all together.  😀

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kelly
    Aug 22, 2009 @ 20:26:09

    Hey Bea, I’m going to Dr Fullum too so I may see you at the support group soon if I can only remember its support group night before it happens and NOT the next day! I had my ABGs done Thurs 8/20 and it wasnt bad, I have my cardiology appt Monday morning and meet with the GI doc on the 31st for my EGD and Colonoscopy. My sleep study isnt until Oct and that will be the last on my long list of to dos. I probably wont be able to have surgery until January 1 though due to insurance! Best of luck, I’m sure I’ll see you around.

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  2. goldeygrad97
    Aug 22, 2009 @ 23:18:43

    Hi Kelly – I always forget about support groups as well. I’ve met my “one support group” requirement, but I’m definitely going to try to make the next group in September! Hope to see you there!

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  3. Karen
    Dec 29, 2010 @ 01:59:26

    Hello All,

    I find this blog extraordinary in that it takes alot of courage to admit how you are really feeling and share it with others. I just spent 1/2 hour reading Bernice’s blog and I am impressed. I am post-op RNY patient 5 and 1/2 months out and have lost 100 lbs – I have reached my goal and find that surgery was a wonderful fit for me. Only those that have lived it know the struggles we will always have – I think the real heros are those like you Bernice because you are honest with yourself and know what you have to do to accomplish your goal – don’t give up! EVER.
    Bernice – on telling others how you lost the weight – I have had some really supportive responses and some pretty awlful, unpredictable responses. I actually had someone tell me: “Don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you.” What does that mean? I would love to hear what people have said to you when they have asked how you lost the weight. I sometimes feel guilty if I don’t feel comfortable telling strangers or those I am not close to the truth. I have been burned so many times that I am timid about letting others know (I am working on a thicker skin).

    Take care all and for Kelly and Goldegrad97 – this is the biggest and bravest thing you will ever do. Don’t let anyone ever tell you its the easy way out (Bernice could probably back me up) – it’s the hard road, but very rewarding if you can stick with it – NOTHING tastes like skinny feels ( and the clothes ain’t bad either!) The first few days are really hard but I promise each day you will feel better. Thanks for this blog – it’s really great. Hope to hear from you all soon.

    Karen

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