After years of being significantly overweight, I made the decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery to improve my health. My doctor told me if I didn't lose weight, I'd have a heart attack by the time I was 50. This scared the absolute crap out of me. Considering my father died of a heart attack, I figured I'd follow suit.
On Jan. 22, 2013, I had the procedure done at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. The first few months were awful. Anyone who thinks weight loss surgery is the easy way out is wrong.
I'm now eight months post op. I've lost more than 100 pounds and I feel fantastic. However, with extreme weight loss comes excess skin. Yes, I can live with a little extra skin -- however -- all the hard work I've put in to losing this weight is a tad overshadowed by my midsection. Many post-gastric bypass patients need to have skin removed. Unfortunately, I'm going to be one of them. Some people are lucky enough that their skin settles in nicely and skin removal isn't needed.
So, why this page you ask? Insurance will most likely not cover the procedure, saying it is cosmetic rather than medically necessary. I don't have $16,000 sitting in my checking account waiting to be burned.
I know many may feel asking for assistance for this type of procedure is stupid, but I want to at least try.
I'm so thrilled with my progress, but would be even more happy to not have this extra skin.
So, if you are able to assist, great. If not, it's all good.