Fat2Flaca's Surgery Fund

Hi. My name is Janeida. 3 years ago ago, I weighed over 405-lbs, had type 2 diabetes, severe obstructive sleep apnea, astronomically high cholesterol and blood pressure. After trying every fad diet, at home exercise video, diet pill and cleanse I started to try to exercise and limit my junk food intake and my weight still fluctuated which caused me to be very depressed. I decided that that the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) weight loss surgery was the safest and most effective option for my health goals. I found Dr. Rami Lutfi in Chicago who had the most experience performing this relatively new procedure. On April 25, 2012 I had my VSG.

I have lost 230-lbs to date. I work out 5 times a week. I also chronicled teh experience to motivate others with my photo blog, @FAT2FLACA on Ig and Facebook! I have shared pictures of me working out, cooking, eating and more from the beginning of my journey. I blog about how I feel as a Latina losing this much weight in a culture that promotes love through food and beauty within a curvy frame. I blog To show people that with or without weight loss surgery there is a way to rebuild our temples, our confidence and regain control of our destiny.

After loosing 230-lbs I have fundraised and received a tummy tuck by Dr. Michael horn in Chicago
to remove the excess skin from my abdominal area, but I still have several skin removal surgeries to go. This skin around my back, my inner thighs and arms still hinders my progress in physical activity. Containing my skin with compression garments is very constricting and uncomfortable. My insurance covered the weight loss surgery, but will not cover any of the skin removal surgery. I feel trapped in a body that I have quite literally worked my ass off for. No only am I am being weighed down by this excess skin and am more susceptible to develop rashes and infections due to the folds in my skin. In an effort to lead a more normal and fulfilling life and eventually reach my weight loss transformation goal to shed the last of the old me.

Any Amount will help! Really, even just $1.

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Janeida Rivera-Rodríguez 
Chicago, IL
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