I couldn’t socialize with my children – if they went somewhere, I couldn’t go because
I couldn’t walk. If they didn’t have one of those hover-rounds in the store, I’d have
to go back and sit in the car. What kind of quality of life is that?
I was literally dying. Here BMI at that point was almost 60. She
weighed almost 350 pounds. Had lots of medical problems – high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes,
sleep apnea. I came in – it was a long process. I had to
attend a seminar, I had to see a psychiatrist, I had to do numerous tests but everything
worked out and I was finally able to schedule the surgery.
I had the gastric bypass. The bypass creates a small pouch out of the
upper stomach. It helps the patients to fill full quicker and feel less hungry between
meals. These are the pants that I wore the first
day I came to see Dr. Lynch. I lost about 174 pounds. I feel like I just got a second
chance at life because I didn’t have a life. Dr. Lynch, from day one, I just love him.
We as surgeons often want to take credit for the operation and take credit for the success.
Doris’ success had mostly to do with Doris. She’s somebody when I told her about lifestyle
change and the need to give up her sedentary ways and start exercising faithfully and to
make healthy food choices, you know she listened to that and went and did it.
And these are the things that I refuse to eat because I don’t want to gain the weight
back. People say to me know, well, you don’t eat
that? You’ll never eat it again? I don’t want it. Why should I go back and eat something
that I know made me gain and I’ve lost to make me gain again. I don’t have diabetes
anymore. I was taking 15 pills a day and 3 insulin shots a day. Now I don’t take any
insulin. I don’t take anything for diabetes. Sometimes when I look at this picture, I cry.
That was when I was about 356 pounds. They say Granny, look at you. We never thought
we’d see you looking like that. I’m back. And I enjoy my life – and I love
every minute of it.