Hi, my names Katie and i’ve been overweight my entire life. I got to 24 stone and that was the point where I said enough is enough. I couldn’t walk up stairs without being out of breath. I couldn’t do things that I loved to do. At university I did theatre and drama and I refused to get on the stage because all I thought was people are going to see my size. My friends and family have been incredibly supportive when I decided surgery was the way forward and now that i’ve had it, erm at this point i’ve lost 7 stone still got a way to go but i’ve done something I didn’t think i’d do ever again, which was get back on the stage. At the beginning of this year I joined a local amateur theatre company and the first show I had to get up and do a duet and for the first time in my life, I think I felt that people were hearing my voice and looking at me acting, rather than looking at my size. My size has dictated the entirety of my twenties, maybe earlier. I feel like I didn’t really live them. And so having this surgery was the best choice i’ve ever made!