Just had surgery one week ago and it has already changed my life unlike anything else in my 53 years of life. I had GBS March 2, 2009 at a wt. of 509 lbs. After 8 month and a panniculectomy last week, I now weigh 361 lbs. My top weight was 639 lbs in June of 2008. I had to lose over 100 lbs before my surgeon would do the GBS. The protein shakes and GBS are doing a great job, and I can now do things I haven't done in years. For years, I have had a hanging mass of tissue and skin that hung to my knees. It interfered with movement, ambulation and balance, Skin breakdown and infections occured on a weekly basis. The weight of it pressed down on my thighs and caused my knees to hurt. It was just unbearable. Not a day went by that I didn't say, "I just want it off". Well, praise the Lord, it is GONE!!! I am without words to describe the absolute freedom I feel. When the incision (44 inches) is healed and the 2 drain tubes are out, you will have to tie me up to keep me down. I now have a lightness of spirit that I forgot we are suppose to have being God's people. You could ask, " How could your life be better? You are still so very fat." I say to those folks that it is all relative and now I have a chance to change all that. And to those super overweight people out there, I say don't give up and find yourself an obesity specialist surgeon! I am so happy I didn't and I did!
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