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@flabulous 26247 wrote:

Hi Doodah.
I see loads of your posts in the forum and you seem to have lost soooooooo much weight?? Congratulations!! Amazing accomplishment!! Would you mind sharing your story with me?
Sylvie xxx

Hi Sylvie

Well, most people on here know that I had my bypass four years ago with Mr Somers at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester. I had an open bypass as he wanted to remove my gallbladder at the same time so I had a 10cm scar instead of the 5 little ones when it’s done laproscopically.

I was over 26st and my BMI was 64. I was incredibly unhealthy, completely disabled (wheelchair or mobility scooter) and had possibly 3-5 years to live if my weight wasn’t brought under control. As I was 48 years old, that scared the living daylights out of me! I wanted to see any grandchildren my own kids might have, wanted to celebrate my 50th birthday but most of all, I didn’t want my parents to have to attend my funeral.

So, I had the bypass on 17 July 2008 and and was home 3 days later. Hardly any pain at all and amazed at how little food I needed to feel full. Over the next year I lost a stone a month by sticking to the guidelines rigidly. The other 5 stone took about 7 months. I have maintained my weight loss and never looked back.

After marrying the love of my life in 1982 and having my children, it is the best thing I have ever done. My only regret is that I didn’t have it done sooner. I now have the same life expectancy as everyone else and I work for the surgeon who saved my life. I have made some of my best friends through my work and support groups and in August this year I made my first ever long haul flight to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary – in the Maldives. I swam every day and wore shorts!!!

The Streamline team didn’t just save my life – they gave me a better one. I can never, ever thank them enough. I feel so strongly that wls should be available for everyone who needs it and that the media need to ditch this idea that it is in some way a ‘cheat’s’ way of losing weight. It takes hard work, personal responsibility, determination and the support of family and friends (both online and in ‘real life’) to make it work for life. I think they key to it is sticking to the guidlines in the beginning. They are there to help us find a new way of dealing with food. I also had three years of therapy beforehand so that I could understand why I used food to self medicate when I was depressed.

So that’s my story in a nutshell Sylvia. Feel free to ask me anything you like as I’m totally public about my surgery. I have just had my excess stomach skin removed so I’m still on my ‘journey’ and more than willing to share it. I always tell the truth and never flower things up!!

Doodah x

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