250lbs lost, just the skin remains.
Around four years ago I decided to change my life. The last time I had looked at the scale back then, it topped out at 425lbs. For about three years I worked hard, and brought my weight down to 175lbs, for a grand total of 250lbs lost on my journey so far.
It's something you don't often hear spoken about. The chaffing, rashes, backpain and mental pain that people are left with after large weight loss. I look down at the flab of skin when sitting, study the skin in the mirror, and see my breasts through any shirt. In these moments I see the person I worked years to distance myself from.
After speaking with doctors and surgeons it's been decided that surgery is my only option. I'd be looking at four different surgeries; a mastectomy (breasts), panniculectomy (abdomen), belt lipectomy (belly and sides), and a brachioplasty (arms).
Come January 12th, I'll be hitting it all. Insurance has deemed my breasts and abdomen to be a medical necessity and I will only need to meet my out-of-pocket ($5,200) there. Piggy backing off that surgery, my non-covered by insurance cost for my belly and arms was quoted at $10,000.
I am humbled by the support I've received in my endevors over the last few years. I wanted to make this gofundme as an option for those who want to help me achieve the next healthy stage in my life. Regardless if you donate or share this gofundme or not, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. 100% of what I get will go towards this surgery (Or based on the ammount, my arm surgery down the road).
As a return for anyone that does give, I promise that I will document EVERYTHING and share my story going through this surgery process from planning, to recovery, and beyond. If you have any further interest in my story and tips that I've found over my years getting healthy (including more photos), please check out my website:
Keloland came around and did a second interview on my weight loss. If you are interested you can see it here:
Had my two week checkup today, and the surgeon things everything is going great. Want's to move me onto wearing a compression vest as well, so soon I'll be living like a Victorian lady of stature.
Pain is a rollercoaster, some days are great with hardly any noticeable pain, others are still pretty rough. Since I made my way back to work on Monday after nine days of recovery, I've been trying to cut down on my use of my narcotics. Can't be driving and/or working with those!
My skin grafts for my nipples seem to be taking well which was one of the largest worries about the surgery, and I'm showing no signs of infection thankfully (I was worried about that with an overnight stay in the hospital). I've been told my extreme bloating below my waistline will go down at some point and not to worry too much about it. In the words of my surgeon, "Your body does not know if it was hit by a truck or had controlled surgery. It's holding onto whatever it can and wherever it can right now."
Thanks for your continued support, thoughts and prayers. It means so much!
Again, you can read more as I write on my blog here:
And if you are interested in implementing some healthy choices yourself or for a friend, check out my website where I chronicled the things that lead to my success:
I want to give a shout out to my surgeon, Dr. Barry D. Martin, MD, FACS at Avera Reconstructive and Plastic surgery. Him and his team have just been amazing... The methods during the surgery and recovery he practices actually reduce the pain felt vs other ways.