Hello everyone ,
I've been lurking around on here for a few months now , on and off , reading everyone stories.
I'm 46 , married with two sons, 21 and 19 , live in Brisbane , current weight is 116.2 , BMI around 44 , been overweight or obese since my pregnancies , had gestational diabetes, two csections, I've got high BP , high cholesterol and am prediabetic. My family has heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Not good , is it?
My wonderful GP recommended the procedure to me about 2 years ago , (she's had it done herself , with amazing results to her health) , but I was in denial about my weight, and thought " I can do it myself" - well , I sort of can , but then gain it back , plus more.
I've been battling my weight for nearly 20 years and I'm over it , I want to move forward, and be healthier , and eventually get my tummy tuck that I've wanted for nearly 20 years too , I have massive muscle separtation , and it just hangs - gross.
I've tried Weight watchers, Optifast (did really well on this and felt amazing , but so hard to stick to) , CSIRO total wellbeing , Tony Fergsuon (worked here for 2 year and had free products , and gained weight!!!! )
my number one fear is diabetes complications or a massive heart attack , so , the time has come to take this seriously.
For the past year , I've been following people who've had the sleeve on instagram , they're amazing, I've done lots of research ,watched loads of youtube videos (some good , some not so good) I feel mentally ready now. When I think about the op , I'm a bit scared, but also excited about changing my health and my life.
My surgeon might be Dr Michael Hatzifotis , and I've read really great things about him , ( I haven't met him yet, but he operated on my GP and two of my close friends) .
I've had top hospital with BUPA for the past two years, so fully covered , so I'm ready to do this.
Looking forward to getting to know you all more!!!
any advice, or what to expect at the first surgeon appointment will be much appreciated!
wishing you all the best in health and happiness :)