My normal teenage body went from a size 10 to a size 16 in just 6 months. I walked across the stage for my high school diploma as a plus sized teenager who didn't even do her hair or wear a dress, I wore a skirt and a stretchy top under my ugly red graduation robe (Go Rough Riders!) and that was extremely fancy for me back then!
When I married my husband in 2007, I was huge, I had to have a dress custom made for me, I didn't even feel fancy enough to wear white, I wore gold, surprisingly I didn't wear black, because that is how I felt. For nine years following my traumatic event, I cared even less what I looked like. I was hospitalized three times for my depression over those several years. In 2010, I finally reached a size 32, I was morbidly obese, and only 26. I decided at that time to consider weight loss surgery, I was nervous and knew little about what it would be like.
During my consultation, I learned that at the time I was too big and on too many depression medications to have gastric bypass. I started to cry, thinking that I was too fat and too crazy to receive any help at all. The surgeon told me about a weight loss surgery that was safer for someone of a higher body mass index that would help me to reach a safer weight to have bypass down the road.
So on July 12, 2010, I underwent a surgery called a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, where I had a large portion of my stomach removed. After recovering from surgery. I thought that it would all by easy from there, boy was I wrong. It was the toughest thing I had ever gone through. I ended up being in thehospital twice the first year because of my depression, it had gotten
Then around July 2011, my body and my mind made a complete turn around. I still can't explain to anyone what happened.
It just all clicked.
I ended up losing enough weight (about 60-70lbs) from the first surgery to finally start the process for gastric bypass, which is scheduled to happen around January 2013, pending insurance approval in October after I complete three months of medically supervised weight loss, which I started at the end of July.
Since that change I started feeling better about myself, I've started wearing makeup (I honestly don't like leaving the house without some on now!). I like to dress up in skirts and dresses now and love to put huge flowers and hair bows in my hair. I even love exercise, I ran a 5K in both May and one on August 19!
With finding myself, I also found my fancy, fancy that I had never had before!
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