Help Towards Excess Skin Removal
Having lost so much weight has left me with a lot of excess skin. After having gone through such a massive change it's a very dampening feeling to still be unhappy with yourself. It hasn't been easy. I've had many difficulties along the way, with my weight loss regime having take its toll on me; I developed a binge eating disorder, and found myself having to grapple with that during the midst of my weight loss. I reached my goal in the end however - and now I need help which requires more than I can manage alone.
Despite having reached my weight loss goal, I was, and still am, very self-conscious about my body. I've applied to have excess skin removal surgery funded by the NHS on two occasions, and after having been declined and then going months without any progress on a potential appeal, it's seeming increasingly unlikely I'll receive help with this. I was told my issue was not "functional" enough, despite its effects on me both mentally and physically.
This surgery is something I really want. I've had a consultation, during which I was given a quote of upwards of £20,000 (and this was excluding the cost to also do my back). I was told my stomach area alone, due to the amount of excess skin, would cost close to £9,000. While I have some savings, using this entirely wouldn't cover all of the costs, and would also leave me completely without any money to do any of the things I want to with my life. I hope to travel, and would like to buy a good camera to work on my photography skills in the hopes of pursuing it more extensively in the future.
Having this extra bit of money would be a significant step in helping to live my life happily, without constantly being shadowed by my former self through left over pouches of skin, and also without having to put off my life plans and ambitions. I've spent two years waiting to be told my surgery can't be funded, and having to wait even longer without a definitive answer is a disheartening thought.
Anything you can spare would be hugely appreciated. And if you can't or would rather not spare any, just sharing this page with others would be hugely appreciated.
Side note: I've also started blogging about my personal struggles with the eating disorder I developed and am still struggling with. You can read about it and other related topics on my personal blog: www.manpreetsmusings.wordpress.com
I'll be having a pre-operative appointment in a couple of weeks for some blood tests and the usual preparations before a surgery. I'll also be having measurements taken for a corset that I'll have to wear for a few weeks after to help with the healing process. I might get a matching outfit with shoes to make myself look on-point. But really though: I feel like it'll suddenly become all that more real after this appointment.
It's starting to sink in more and more, that I'll be having such a significant surgery, and that after having waited for so long, it'll finally be happening. Thank you again for everyone who has helped me - and as always, please share with others.
Hey all. I've now set a date for the surgery, so everything is official! I'll be having the surgery two months from today. It kind of hasn't kicked in yet, but at the same time I occasionally remember I'm having the surgery and start freaking out a bit, haha.
I'd like to thank each and every one of you who have helped me get here so far - not a single one of you have gone unnoticed, and I'm infinitely grateful.
Over the next two months I'll be sharing this quite a bit, across various social platforms - both online and offline. I'd hugely appreciate it if you guys could continue sharing it where you can and as often as you can; and if anyone would like to donate, even the smallest amount would be helpful (I think the website has a mimimum donation, but you're welcome to throw 20p coins at me in person and I'll add them to my total).
So, yeah. Thanks again, everyone, and here's to a difficult but very exciting few months to come :)
I have finally settled on a clinic with whom I will currently be having just an abdominoplasty (removing the excess skin around my abdomen/stomach area). While I do have issues with excess skin all over my body, my stomach is where it's most significant, and so I'd like to get this done before I consider anything else.
With there being a significant amount of excess skin, a 'fleur de lis' style of surgery is what I'll be having - basically it'll be a more thorough surgery, covering more area and taking longer to perform. Thankfully, I managed to find a place which was cheaper than anywhere else without the worries of having to travel abroad.
I will be paying a total of £5,745 for this procedure - almost £3,000 cheaper than my initial quote from a different clinic. This is something I have been saving up for and will be paying out of my own pocket for.
Amongst other, significant things I'll be paying for throughout the year too to help me get to where I want to be in life, it's gonna be an expensive year for me, to say the least.
I'm hoping to have this surgery done sometime at the end of March (I'm waiting for the clinic's schedule for March to become available so I can set a date). I'll be travelling to Rochdale to have it done.
Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing this page occasionally and asking whether anyone else would at all like to donate towards helping with this, or even sharing it with others if you can't or would rather not donate. Like I said, I'm planning to pay for this myself, so anything that is donated will only help make it easier for me to pay for this.
I have already raised £717, which has honestly amazed me and I would, once again, like to thank anyone and everyone that has supported me with this. I am genuinely so very grateful.
I'll be changing the funding limit from £9,000 to £5,745 to match my actual surgery price. I don't expect to reach it - it's more so for anyone donating to be aware of the price should they want to be - anything at all will only be a hugely helpful bonus.
Thanks again everyone, and a happy 2017 to you all,