I wanted to have WLS for a long time but was afraid. A friend of mine was open about her surgery (another OCC patient) and her experience gave me the courage I needed to make the change.
I have been overweight my whole life, chubby was cute as baby, but not so much for a teenager. I dieted my way up to 275 lbs. I was 36 years old and I felt like someone double my age. I didn’t have any medical problems and my cholesterol and blood pressure was actually low. I hid, cried, made every possible excuse not to be in public. I have a loving husband and three beautiful daughters and I was afraid to go to a restaurant in case the chairs were small. I avoided lawn chairs, amusement park rides and planes were a nightmare. Even going into a regular size clothing store and fear that the clerk is going to ask why you are there? That was me, every time.
OCC didn’t give me my life back, it gave me A NEW LIFE! I weight less now than I did in middle school and I am not finished yet! I smile all the time! Clothes are fun! I never hide and I embrace life and all its beauty every day. We only get to live once so I am going to do it the best I can, better late than never.