My Life Before Bariatric Surgery
My health was failing.
I was on a lot of medications and I didn't want to be. I needed to do something better than taking a bunch of pills.
I worked long hours at my job and my extra weight was really wearing me down.
At 368 pounds, I took 17 medications a day, had congestive heart failure, and was hospitalized with pneumonia four times in
My excess weight caused some embarrassing situations. One time, I went to an amusement
park with my family. My son and I got into a paddle boat. The boat started sinking. The attendent yelled,
"You've got to get out! You've got to get out!" I couldn't move fast enough. The water started
filling the boat. I finally rolled out of the boat onto the dock. Everyone just stood around and stared at me.
There were so many things that I didn't feel up to doing with my family. I just
didn't feel healthy.