Hi my name is Melanie Bettencourt, I am 33 years old and I had gastric bypass surgery. So when I was real young, I was thin and then when I turned teenage years, I gained a lot of weight. I did diets, like Weight Watchers and got a personal trainer. I lost weight but it would never stay off. It would be off for the time I was working out or doing what I was doing, but it would come back even more than before. And, I never wanted to go out. I would always be home and my closet was full of all black clothes and sweats. No dresses anymore and no shoes like I use to wear. And, just walking down to the end of the driveway I’d be tired or putting my shoes on. It just wasn’t the life for me anymore and I already started having medical issues at 30, my early thirties. So I could only imagine what was gonna happen to me later on in life and I didn’t want to have that lifestyle. It’s a process. People sometimes think oh it’s quick and it’s easy, it’s a surgery so it’s over, it wasn’t. It was 3 or 4 months. And, you had to do all of these tests, go to classes, weekly classes, they have on how to eat and measure your food. A psych test, like 300 questions on how you are emotionally. They did a lot of sleep apnea tests and blood-work, and so it’s a process. Sometimes you almost want to give up because it’s a whole process of appointments and things, but there’s a goal in the end. Like you see a vision in the end, like you really want this. And, I really wanted it So since I lost weight, the shoes are back and they’re amazing, like wearing them and picking different outfits and shoes, wearing dresses. I haven’t worn dresses in so long. I love wearing more color now and my shoes, I love them. I love everything about them. I have my closet hanging out. It’s just not even the clothes or anything else, but inside I just feel whole. Now that I have gone through it, like if me doing this can show someone that it does work and your whole life changes. It’s not just the weight, which is very important, but you become happy. You smile, like I just feel different. My whole life became positive. Year to year it gets better.