My Bariatric Life

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  • Birthday March 18

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    Dr. Joseph F. Capella, Dr. Catherine Winslow
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  1. November is the month of gratitude and we each have something for which to be thankful! To acknowledge my many blessings, I’ve joined the #ThankfulNovember Challenge that has swept the country. Every day this month I am among the many people who will Tweet something that I am thankful for on Twitter with the hashtag #ThankfulNovember. Why don’t you join in giving thanks, too? Among my many blessings, I want to deeply explore in this share post one thing for which I am tremendously thankful for this year. Here is my story: I am a writer on the web and obesity health activist known as My Bariatric Life. I’ve worked very hard to get to the level of fitness and health that I have achieved today. It wasn’t always this way. As a twenty-something year old I quickly began to go from fit to fat — why? I’ll never know. What I do know is that I became a processed food junkie and couch potato with diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. In my 30s, I was morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications for obesity-related illnesses and headed to an early grave. I needed a drastic, life-changing intervention. My health and my life were literally at stake. READ MORE (posted on my website)
  2. Well I did it......

    I am just caching up now on your thread. Wow. It looks like you have a beautiful body -- but the complications, geez, so sorry that you had to go through that. I can relate. I had a complication with my brachioplasty. And I have bouts with anemia from my gastric bypass. On that note, I would caution you to rebuild your god gut bacteria after the iron shots. It trashed my gut micro biome and I now have IBS (was not only because of the iron infusions but they were a factor). Once you develop IBS there is no cure. So don't add that to your list of complications. Good luck with your healing. Your results look beautiful.
  3. 2 Insurance denials for panniculectomy

    About one-quarter of people seeking weight-loss surgery will be denied three times before they receive weight-loss surgery insurance approval. Read more in my article:
  4. 2 Insurance denials for panniculectomy

    When making an appointment with a plastic surgeon, ask right then and there if they will handle the appeals process. If they don't provide you with a satisfactory answer then don't make an appointment with them, and find someone else. There are plastic surgeons on every street corner and in every hospital. I know that Dr. Domanskis in CA told me that his practice works on the appeals process for their patients -- not many private practices do, as far as I know. I don't have first-hand experience but it is something that we discussed when I interviewed him for MyBariatricLife. You can listen to the video here: He provides some good insights on bariatric plastic surgery being reconstructive rather than cosmetic. I also would encourage you to explore hospital plastic surgery departments because they may be more apt to fight for insurance coverage. Beyond that, you can go to a medical school like the University of Pennsylvania and get much lower cost plastic surgery. My friend had extensive bariatric plastic surgery and facelift done with Dr. Stephen Kovach and she was delighted. She paid much less than what ladies pay with a surgeon in private practice. And there's always Mexico... but choose very wisely and proceed carefully.
  5. The Plastic Surgery Center has shared this article, "What to Expect After a Post-Weight Loss Body Lift" on It is the first article that I have seen by a surgical practice to acknowledge the emotional healing that needs to take place after a body lift. Of course, they cover physical healing, too. And provide some good tips for both. Definitely worth a read...
  6. Don't let fear hold you back!

    Thank you very much!
  7. If you could site on this bench with your younger self and give one piece of advice about weight or bariatric surgery, what would it be? If I could sit with my 16 year old self, I would tell her that there was going to come a time when her anorexic eating would no longer work. Her hunger would come back full force and she would not be able to control it. I would tell her that eventually she will resort to bulimia and her life would become out of control in ways that she could not even now imagine. I would describe to her the hell on earth that it would become, so that she understood the gravity of her situation. Then I would tell her that it is critical she tell her parents to get her really good professional help for her eating disorder right away.
  8. excess skin and surgery to remove?

    Be very careful. I had a similar experience with my arms. I ended up going through all kinds of therapy and have permanent damage. I am NOT trying to scare you. I am encouraging you to be proactive in finding a HCP who can help you, which may not necessarily be your plastic surgeon.
  9. Coffee causes inflammation. I had to give it up until my gut is healed. Then I can add back a little but not the great quantity I had been consuming. Some good substitutes are yerba mate tea, green tea macha, and green tea kombucha. These teas are high in caffeine or energy boosters and some of them are linked to weight loss/fat burning.
  10. Don't let fear hold you back!

    Thank you xxx ooo
  11. Don't let fear hold you back!

    A half-lived life, as Herman Melville describes it, is one in which we do not get to that inner place of peace and joy. Perhaps the most devistating scenario imaginable is to face death knowing that because of some imagined fear, you have always chosen a half-lived life in which you avoided doing the things your heart beckoned you to do. I allowed fear to hold me back for a long time. But I have made a commitment to never let fear hold me back from doing the things I want to do or saying what is in my heart. And I am living larger than ever. I urge you to change the scenario now. Start living your life with the courage to follow your heart.
  12. How was it for me? Totally humiliating. Stand naked and see my deformed body in a full wall mirror. Worse, to stand my naked deformed body in front of a man I had never met. Even worse to have him touch my deformed body. And worst of all to be completely naked and have him photograph me. But... when I went back after my surgery with my normal and beautiful body, well I could have ran around his entire office naked and showed everyone and anyone my body. How wonderful it was to not be ashamed any longer.
  13. excess skin and surgery to remove?

    If you need something to read while you recover, here is my recovery story I had body lift, arm lift, breast lift, and inner thigh lift. All of me! Happy healing to you!
  14. You are on an even more limited diet than me. In a way that gives me hope. If I further reduce my food choices by keeping a diary of what I eat and my symptoms then I should be able to find permanent relief. Ugh, I ate something the other day that is completely killing me today and will be for who knows how long until I get it under control again. This is really horrible. One cannot imagine it. It must be experienced.
  15. So he actually had to cut you open to find this out? I wonder if it could be diagnosed some other way? In any event, I am glad that you have had relief! Continued good health to you and thanks for sharing.