I was a chubby something or other! At least that is how I saw myself. I didn’t acknowledge that I was fat. At 5’3″ and 207 pounds, I had passed the chubby stage. But the sickness that the weight brought with it really convinced me that I was out of control. I needed help. And thanks to Dr. Glass and the Live Healthy MD staff, I found it. Forever! I had Gastric Bypass on Oct. 8, 2013. The morning of surgery I weighed 207.4 pounds at the hospital. I was on blood pressure meds, diabetic meds, the highest dose of depression meds I could take, my joints and bones just ached all the time, I had sleep apnea and snored like a freight train. I wore a size 18 to 20 in pants and I’ll never tell about the underwear! I was a hot mess! I left the hospital after a little over 24 hours post surgery. I did go back for a day or two because my fat tail had a little hicup, but I had wonderful care and the greatest doctor an person could ask for. I came home after another day or so off of medication. No high blood sugar. No high blood pressure. No depression meds. Everything was better. Today is July 29, 2014. I weighed myself at 6:45 AM. Something I really only do now about once every two or three weeks. I weight 133.6. I wear a size 4 pants. And I still won’t tell my underwear size, but let me tell, they are SO pretty! My tops are little. My health is great! My joints only hurt when I over do it, and I have the depression meds again, but the lowest dose the doctor can give me and it’s working just fine. I have my life back, only it’s so much better than ever. I know what a devasting effect obesity can have on you emotionally, physically and socially. What I want to convey to anyone reading this is never give up! There is hope and there is help. Dr. Glass has been more than my doctor. He has been my encourager, my diciplinarian, the voice of good sense and kindness when I needed it, and my staunch ally through this journey. A journey I am still on. I will be for the rest of my life. I am little now, but I will always be a Live Healthy MD and WLS patient. And I will forever be grateful. This works. But don’t be fooled. It is work. And I promise, it is so worth it!