Jenna's Excess Skin Removal
At the age of 16, I weighed nearly 400 pounds. I spent my childhood being the fat girl, wishing and wanting to be a different person; smaller, happier, healthier, prettier, etc. Year after year I would tell myself next year you'll lose the weight, but I could never manage to. I lived a hectic childhood in a "broken home", my parents divorced, and in a never-ending whirlwind with a narcissistic father who belittled and made fun of me. I was never taught to love myself, I was never made to feel okay, I had to swallow my emotions in fear that what I was feeling was going to upset him, he made it so everything was my fault. I became severely depressed, I would sleep all day, never leave the house and just eat all day and night to make myself feel better. My size and weight got to a point to where I could barely fit the seatbelt in the car around me. I started to feel trapped like a caged animal, so when my 17th birthday rolled around, I again told myself I was going to lose the weight and I did.
With my best friend (my dog Nadia) by my side I started to walk, and then run, I started to change my diet and the weight started to come off, 202 pounds. As I started to lose the weight I started to feel free, I could breathe, I could run, I could smile. I started to feel human because as I shed the weight, I shed the pain of the past and learned how to live.
As a result of my weight loss, I've been left with a massive amount of excess skin on my arms, thighs, and my stomach. I have days where I look in the mirror at all of my excess skin and still feel like I'm on the verge of weighing 400 pounds. I've gotten good at hiding it with compression leggings and waist wraps to keep the skin from tugging and pulling as I move. I use baby powder to stop the skin from becoming raw and sore. The closer I get to my goal weight, the looser the skin gets and the more uncomfortable it becomes. My only option is to have it surgically removed which costs tens of thousands of dollars, being 18 and a full-time college student, perusing a degree in Exercise Science, to help people like me, it's impossible to afford it. You can keep up to date with me and my current progress on Instagram (@jennasxjourney).
Hey Jenna! I have just read your story and what an amazing accomplishment! Unfortunately I'm not well off financially at the moment so I am unable to donate, but just wanted to say how awesome you are for doing this! I hope you're able to raise the money and get your body back Love from Nicole, Jack and our baby girl Brooke in Christchurch, New Zealand. P.S: Nadia is super cute