Scott's Weight Loss Journey
First I should give you a little background information about myself.
I am 46 years old and I live in Jasper, GA with my beautiful wife Bronwyn and our wonderful 16 year old daughter Makayla.
I am blind but it is important for everyone to know that this has nothing to do with my particular situation. I just think that I should be as honest with everyone who views this campaign as I can be.
What is my situation? I am so glad that you asked that question. (it is also very important that everyone knows that I do still have my sense of humor)
My situation is that I am morbidly obese. There, I said it. Yes, I am a very large man and if I do not lose a lot of weight soon I may not be around a heck of a lot longer and that is something that I have just recently been able to admit to myself.
How obese am I? Currently I weigh 453 pounds. I can't believe that I am telling the world this but as I said earlier, I need to be completely honest with everyone so I am letting you all know just how dire this situation is for me.
Now I know that I did not get to be this big overnight, and I know that I am not going to get out of this mess overnight either. This has happened over a lifelong addiction to food and more specifically the wrong types of food.
There is hope for me though. It is Bariatric surgery. Now I know that surgery is not the end all and be all for losing weight, but for someone like myself it can be the option that will ultimately lead to a long lasting and very significant weight loss.
I have found a great weight loss program here in Georgia called Obesity Solutions.
This place has a complete program. They are with the patient from pre-op to after the operation. They have support groups that will help the patient to stay on coarse after the surgery and probably for me the most important thing is that they are dedicated to educating their patients on how to make better choices when it comes time to eat.
I have already had my first appointment with the people at Obesity Solutions and I really like everyone a lot in their office. The Dr. is really nice and more importantly, he is very experienced with Bariatric Surgery.
Now comes the part where I need to ask you to help me with the cost of the surgery.
My particular surgery which will be the Gastric Sleeve will cost at least $20,000. Fortunately I do have Medicare insurance. Unfortunately this insurance will only cover 80% of the cost. I will need to come up with the rest which I am told will be anywhere from $2500 to $4000.
Being a family that lives on Social Security Disability we just do not have that kind of money.
This is why that I come to you today to ask if you would be kind enough to donate to my Go Fund Me campaign.
Any amount will help. If you can only afford $1 or $5, or even $10 it will all go toward funding this life saving surgery for me and my family.
If you do not feel compelled to donate to my campaign or you just cannot afford to donate you can still help me to reach my goal by sharing this Go Fund Me campaign with your Social Network friends on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other Social Networks that you may be on.
Well, this is all that I have to say right now about this and I would like to thank all of you that have taken the time to read this, and for those that do find it in their hearts to help me by donating I would like to say thank you and God Bless you and your families as well.
I have something really neat to share with you all today. Recently our friend Angela Reinhardt who is a reporter for our local newspaper The Pickens Progress came to the house to interview us about my weight loss journey and today the article came out on their website as well as in print form. Even though the full text of the article will be shared in this update I would like to ask you to please visit The Pickens Progress website and subscribe to their E Edition so that the paper is still getting credit for the online version of the article.
I still need as much help with the out of pocket costs for my Bariatric Surgery as I can get so please if you can, make a donation to my campaign by clicking the link in the article.
Thank you all and God Bless,
CAPTION: Scott Rumery was blinded by a condition called Retinitis
Pigmentosa, but when weighing in at nearly a quarter ton his blindness
is the least of his worries. Scott is pictured with wife Bronwyn and
their guide dog.
At 453 pounds, blind man faces tough decision on weight loss
“I want to be here when I’m 50 for my wife and my daughter”
By Angela Reinhardt
Five years ago, Scott and Bronwyn Rumery opened up to the Progress
about what life is like for a blind couple. In anticipation of
creating a support group they talked a little about the dark side –
the anxiety and depression that can accompany it.
But as a couple that maintains humor and wit to the point that
they’ve got a motto - “Laugh, no matter what happens” - they spent
most of the interview shedding light on misconceptions about blind
people. They wanted readers to know they could be approached in social
settings, and tried to enlighten people about unexpected tasks the
blind can accomplish, like shopping, and their favorite - going for
walks around town with guide dogs Jadyn and Duke.
Things aren’t the same anymore.
Scott, who has ballooned to 453 pounds, can’t even walk from the
bathroom to the living room without getting out of breath. Maneuvering
Jasper’s sidewalks is impossible in his current state, and Bronwyn
doesn’t like being alone so she doesn’t get out as much either. He’s
got high blood pressure and sleep apnea, and can’t get comfortable in
most positions. His lower back hurts constantly.
“It scares the hell out of me,” said Scott, who spends almost all of
his time tethered to a chair at home. “I want to be here when I’m 50
for my wife and my daughter, who’s been diagnosed with the same eye
condition we have. I want to be able to walk outside with my dog again.”
The severity of his weight gain reached an embarrassing crux when he
couldn’t fit in his mother-in-law’s car.
“I was completely humiliated,” he said. “It was so embarrassing
because I brought this on myself.”
Scott has always struggled with weight. There was one stint between
the ages of 19 and 20 when he was a comfortable 185 pounds, but it was
short-lived. He admits to making poor dietary and exercise decisions
as an adult, and points to late night binging, pizza and fast food as
his biggest downfalls. Amazon Prime makes it easy to have cookies,
giant containers of Tootsie Rolls and other unhealthy snacks delivered
to his front door.
“I can sit down and eat a large pizza by myself,” he said. “I love
McDonald’s. I’ll get the double Quarter Pounder and big fries, and
then get the Diet Coke because that makes it okay?”
And, of course, Bronwyn adds, the obligatory apple pie to finish the
At 46, with his health at critical mass, Scott decided he has to lose
weight now or lose his life, which is why he’s opted for bariatric
“I’ve thought about it for years, but I turned 46 and came to a
decision,” he said. “This isn’t about my blindness at all, it’s about
my weight. My goal is of course the weight loss, but eventually I want
to help others who are in this situation. I want to be able to offer
advice in the future, and use my success story as a way to motivate
other people. If one person sees it, they can get motivated.”
The surgery is scheduled for May 17 at Obesity Solutions in
Gainesville. Half of his stomach will be removed, leaving a thin
vertical tube about the size of a banana. Directly after Scott will
only be able to eat two ounces at a time or risk getting physically ill.
“I don’t think I’m taking the easy way out because this is going to
be really hard, trying to change my habits and reprogram my brain,” he
said. “This is a complete lifestyle change and the surgery is a tool
to help me take off the weight. The hunger won’t be there as much, but
the cravings I’ll have to battle.”
The 30 days leading up to the surgery will be a challenge as well. He
has to cut out caffeine and carbonated beverages, then two weeks prior
will be restricted to an all-liquid diet of meal-replacement shakes.
“Those two weeks I’m calling the weeks from hell,” he said. “It’s
going to be awful.”
Still, he’s optimistic about the outcome in the long run and has
plans to start a website to chronicle his journey. He and Bronwyn also
want to write a book.
The Rumerys have launched a GoFundMe campaign, “Scott’s Weight Loss
Journey,” to help pay for medical expenses. The surgery is expected to
cost $20,000. He has Medicare, but it will only cover 80-percent of
the cost. The balance will be between $2,500 to $4,000. Because they
are blind, they live on Social Security Disability and “we just do not
have that kind of money.”
“I have to do this or I’m not going to be here,” he said. “I’m
scared, but I’m also excited about getting my life back.”
The Progress will follow Scott on his weight loss journey and provide
updates along the way.
I have a quick update on the campaign for you today.
As of right now this campaign is at $2630 which is awesome! But there is still a long way to go in order to meet the goal of $4000. I still need your help in to make sure that I can pay for my operation.
Now I will give you an update on the process.
Tomorrow morning I have an appointment at Obesity Solutions to meet with the Bariatric program nutritionist. I assume at this meeting she or he will get a current weight and also will measure around my stomach and any other parts of my body that they will need to monitor as the weight comes off.
I am also sure that the nutritionist will talk about making changes now to my eating and exercise routines. I have already done this.
I know that there is going to be a lot of work for me to do both pre and post surgery so I want to make sure that in the weeks leading up to the surgery that I am doing all that I can to begin losing weight.
Next on the agenda will be an appointment with the Psychologist which is set for next Monday morning at 11. After that the only thing left for me to do before the surgery can be scheduled is to attend a support group meeting which I have made plans to go to on SaturdayMarch 12 at 10.
After all this is done I will be able to get a date for the surgery and then the real hard work will begin. I am so looking forward to losing a great deal of weight over the next year and half or so and then learning how to make better decisions so that I can keep it off.
That is all for this update. Remember if you haven't done so or if you have done so and would like to make another donation the this campaign you can do so simply by clicking on the link for this post and then by using either a credit or debit card you can make your donation.
Any amount is welcome. Remember that this campaign has been shared with more that a thousand people and if each person simply made a $1 donation then I would be much closer to the goal.
Thank you to everyone and God Bless,
Just a quick update on things with me here in Jasper, GA.
Believe it or not it is actually snowing outside our house right now. I thought that one reason why I moved down south was to get away from snow. Oh well at least it won't last very long.
The campaign is going very well but I still need your help. If you can donate to the Go Fund Me campaign that would be great, but if you can't then I would greatly appreciate it if you would email, FaceBook, Twitter, and basically Social Network the heck out of the campaign link. I know that with all of your help we will meet our goal and I will be able to get this life saving weight loss surgery that I need.
As I said before, I never for the life of me thought that I would find myself in this position but because of a lifestyle that allowed me to and because of an addiction to food I find myself in a fight for my life, but with your love and prayers I know that I will be just fine.
To make a donation go to: visited link gofund.me/7wmrgjyk
Thank You and God Bless,