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Hi all.

My name is Carrielee. I am 33 years old and have been on the fence about WLS for the last few years. I have struggled with obesity since I was quite young and the weight keeps piling on. I am 5 foot 1 and just hit 325 pounds. I now have a BMI of 61.4.

I have uncontrolled Hypertension on multiple meds, uncontrolled Type II Diabetes, and high cholesterol, sleep apnea, severe arthritis, IIH, angina, fatty liver disease, past history of PE. I can barely walk and have been told if I don’t lose the weight I likely won’t live to see 40.

I’ve backed out of this so many times but now that I’ve surpassed the 300 pound mark I know I have to do this. I’ve ended up in the ER twice in this last week with abnormal EKGs and the idea of having a cardiac event before 40 terrifies me.

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You can do this Carrielee!! I started out with many of the things on your list. Now most of them are gone. I'm almost 6 months post op a Duodenal Switch. I've lost half my weight, from 320 to 240!! I feel incredible. It is so, so, SO worth it!

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On 4/25/2024 at 2:27 PM, ChunkCat said:

You can do this Carrielee!! I started out with many of the things on your list. Now most of them are gone. I'm almost 6 months post op a Duodenal Switch. I've lost half my weight, from 320 to 240!! I feel incredible. It is so, so, SO worth it!

I am waiting for my first appointment with the surgeon as I am typing this out. Scared out of my mind but I know I have to do this to live. No more putting this off. It has to happen. I’ll update after the appointment.

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If you look at my signature, you can see my highest weight and my initial surgery weight. I was on 2 diabetes meds and about to have to start insulin. I was on a blood pressure med, a cholesterol med, and 2 different anti-inflammatories because my joints hurt so bad whenever I walked. Every single bit of that is gone, I'm off those meds, and I couldn't be happier. My only regret is that I didn't do the bypass sooner.

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On 5/1/2024 at 12:52 PM, carrielee said:

I am waiting for my first appointment with the surgeon as I am typing this out. Scared out of my mind but I know I have to do this to live. No more putting this off. It has to happen. I’ll update after the appointment.

So how did it go?

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