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About Newness

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  • Birthday 03/08/1969

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    Writing, reading, healthy organic lifestyle, making my own Kombucha, Kefir, and other probiotic foods.
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I'm actually a Liver Disease patient. I wasn't losing the weight fast enough under my own power to save my life. The liver transplant that I need, won't let me become part of the list until my BMI is under 39. I've lost over 180 pounds on my own, but now that the disease has progressed, a lot has changed with my body and I am no longer able to exercise like I need to. I lose weight without trying, however, due to the liver not functioning properly I am sick a lot. We are confident this surgery will help. My liver doctor came up with the idea and so far I've not met, nor heard of another patient like myself.

I was diagnosed in 2012 with liver cirrhosis. It was found completely by chance. I had gallbladder surgery, and they were terrified to take it out when they went in and saw the shape my liver was in. They decided to place a tube for two months until they assembled a team to go back in and take out my gallbladder. I thought the whole time I was sick, it was due to my gallbladder. They did a biopsy on the liver and found it to be stage 4 cirrhotic. I have what is called NALF, Non-Alcoholic Liver Failure. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005. The doctors believe I had it long before then. I was put on insulin two years ago after being on Metformin a number of years. I also have Ankylosing Spondylitis. It's pretty painful. I am hoping losing the rest of the weight will alleviate the pain a great deal.

I'm an odd bird as patients go. But I am praying and hoping that the surgery will help to the point I no longer need a transplant.... perhaps if there is some portion of my liver that is still working and healthy enough to grow a whole new liver! It is the only organ in the body that can do that! =) My support system is just, o.k.

Age: 52
Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Starting Weight: 487 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 260 lbs
Goal Weight: 133 lbs
Weight Lost: 227 lbs
BMI: 38.4
Surgery Status: Pre Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 09/27/2013
Surgery Date: 03/06/2014
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: n/a
Newness's Bariatric Surgeon
1420 8th Ave #101
Fort Worth, TX 76034

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