Updated posted by Francelina Morillo 1 month ago
I cannot believe I am only 11 days away from my first surgery (I will be having two)! It surreal! For the last couple of days I just have been appreciating the fact that this WILL IN FACT actually happen. Thank you so so much for all your support! You are truly helping me change my life! I don’t think there are enough words out there to express how grateful I am. I wanted this for so long and in many ways I honestly thought it would not happen. But one after the other I kept getting blessed somehow. First, finding the surgeon, her donating her time, and even then... I still didn't think it would happen because it truly is completely out of my budget (most ppls budget I would say). I remember when Dr. Capla told me she would wave all her fees and I was in shock I couldn't believe she waved over $70,000 of fees and it would still be around $20,000. I was sure I wouldn't be able to have it done. All I could do was open my heart to you guys and ask for help. What a humbling experience that was. It honestly has it taken so much weight off my shoulders. I was able to speak about the excess skin that I had been so embarrassed about and that in itself was so therapeutic. Thank you so much for accepting me as I am...flaws and all..This surgery will happen and that is THANKS to you guys---Another blessing! If you would have asked me two years ago that my life would be where it is today—I would not believe you! As accomplished as I was at 350lbs I fell very little (the irony). Life was in fact passing me by and I was watching it hopelessly. I have made a complete 180 right before your eyes. I couldn't be more grateful for you all and I am blown away by how many of you guys are still cheering me on! What a journey....what a story... My favorite quote these past few months “ I forgive myself for having believed for so long, that I was never good enough to have, get and be what I wanted. ” Thank you for changing my life.
Updated posted by Francelina Morillo 3 months ago
Hard picture to share but an important one. The picture on the right was taken when I auditioned for #biggestloser (keep in mind I had already lost close to 100lbs by this point) picture on the left is now. I think it's important to share this part of #weightloss. #excessskin is a reality and something you shouldn't be ashamed of. The picture on the left doesn't do justice to the amount of excess skin I have. It's everywhere! Legs, arms, back etc. It's uncomfortable, painful (certain parts are paper thin and literally split open) but despite all that I have not given up (as u can see from all my post! I am working hard CONSISTENTLY) There are many steps to #weightloss and I am on this final step. I am getting ready for #excessskinremoval. I literally think about it all the time. Not only will the discomforts subside but I will be more capable of reaching goal weight without all the extra. Additionally, I will finally get to see the the product of all my #hardwork! I use this picture to remind you... Not to quit! Thinking back, when I was over 350lbs... I thought so many things were out of reach for me... Careers...love...health...fitness... I can't tell you how many times I cried literally praying to GOD for strength to change... I wanted to feel alive.. To just be normal... I look at myself today and I am overwhelmed with joy! Despite the skin, I am a beast in the #gym, I have an amazing boyfriend, and my job is literally to #motivate and #inspire with #biggestloserrunwalk! It's possible... You can too!!!! Please don't give up!! U deserve to REALLY live this #life! Imagine that.... Truly being #happy And feeling complete?! P.S As you can imagine this is a pretty pricy surgery and if you can skip coffee a day or two please feel free to donate to my gofund account. Here is the link---> http://www.gofundme.com/4jdfuk If you can't ... No worries please send me prayers and good vibes. Thank you so much for all your love and support! #massiveweightloss #weightloss #weight #fitness #fitfam #change #motivation #inspiring #biggestloser #drjennifercapla #train #transformation
Updated posted by Francelina Morillo 4 months ago
"..Keep in mind how far you have come...and NOT how much more you have to go... " From this pic, you can imagine why I have the amount of excess skin that I do..I have officially scheduled my surgery for the month of February! I am SO READY for this next step. It really is incredible what you can accomplish when you start believing in yourself. Please don't give up...
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posted by Janet Baker 1 month ago
Wow, less than 2 weeks away! Stay upbeat, strong and faithful during this time and looking forward to your next update after surgery. Your an inspiration !
posted by Marian Eberle Hayner 1 month ago
$4960 could make a ton of pillowcases!! http://www.kgw.com/lifestyle/O regon-teen-makes-pillowcases-f or-hospital-patients-231642091 .html
posted by Jeanette Spraggins 5 months ago
Hey girl -- grats on your weight loss -- as a nurse I will tell you that there are places that will do the surgery for FREE if you donate the skin to patients needing skin grafts -- I know there is a place in Kansas City, Mo. -- check it out :)
posted by Sharyl Stedman 5 months ago
good luck, and I have to echo what someone else has said.. even with taxes, your per diem is more than I make, as a professional.. that being said, thanks for being so inspirational, keep going, you can do this! Im truly sorry, I can only offer emotional support, but I will think of you, and wish you well.
posted by Sandy Yeager Roth 5 months ago
Wishing you the best of luck
posted by Brittany Sloan 5 months ago
Excited for you! I love the biggest loser i watch it each week! I go up and down with my weight... I have 40lbs to lose its a challenge for me! I workout like crazy but the scale stays the same. I wish they would do a show with those who want to lose 50lbs or less. What we can do to lose those stubborn calories. I am excited for you and your journey! Everyone is an inspiration to me!
posted by Monica Gomez 5 months ago
Watched you on the show (Biggest Loser has been one of my fave show for years now) and also saw this post thru Courtney. You are such an Amazing person Francy, I don't even have to meet you to know that because it just beams through you!! I'm so proud of all you have accomplished in becoming a more healthy woman & despite your frustrations have continued to fight. Like you've said, times are tough financially with most now a days, but honestly giving up a coffee once a week or walking to work to save gas $ is worth it to me to have an extra $5 a week to share with someone who Truly deserves it!! So that's what I'll be doing as My part, every week I'll donate what I have saved. YOU deserve this & I hope many more people are touched by your story and are able to help you reach this very important goal :-) I wish you All the best, and as one of my fave quotes says....."You may not always end up where you thought you were going, but you'll Always end up where you were meant to be."
posted by Mary Stevens 6 months ago
Francy, keep up the great work. I personally have lost 140 lbs and still have another 100 to go. The journey is so hard and you've done it. If anyone deserves this it's you. I'll be making small donations as I can along the way. Go get me girl!!
posted by Lynne Kaska 6 months ago
I saw the link to your page through Courtney's on FB and I have to say I was extremely touched. I myself started at 330 lbs and have lost about 102 as of today. I still have a ways to go, but I'm already worried about how much worse my already obvious skin issues are going to get. But like you said, it's better than having heart problems or diabetes or any number of health issues due to obesity! I truly wish you the very best and hope you're able to raise the $ you need for your surgery. I dread the day when I'll have to do the same. Can't wait to see the results!!
posted by Jill Tracy 6 months ago
I watched you on the show and am so impressed with what you have accomplished. I have also lost nearly 100 pounds over the past two years (and am running my 9th half marathon in Long Beach CA next month!) and have similar skin issues that will require surgery to fix, and are a challenge to deal with every day! I am happy to donate something to help you, because I know how hard you have worked to get this far, and how the extra skin makes further progress so difficult. You keep on doing what you are doing and I wish you the best of luck with the surgeries :-) Jillian's DVD's and online support have also helped me so much - everyone needs to pay it forward! You go girl!!
posted by Shelly Brown Gunn 6 months ago
Last weekend I attended a workout with Jillian in Atlantic City. Although I still adore Jillian, the experience was a disappointment (unorganized, missing equipment, only 30 minute session w/ no Q&A or Meet & Greet) and it cost over $100. Hope everyone in that room sees your post and donates 10% of what they paid for that workout. Donating now. Good Luck!
posted by Marianne Pensa 6 months ago
"We were given a per diem of $100 dollars a day all while having the same bills to pay at home and not to mention once we were eliminated there were no per diems" That seems like a lot of money to me! More than what I make at my job. Good luck in your journey. I have yet to reach my goal weight but I will.... you are a true inspiration.
posted by Victoria Elizabeth 6 months ago
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