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I still remember the day I decided to take control. I was a sophomore in college living at Spyglass Apartments in Gainesville, Florida. It had been months and months since I had looked at myself in the mirror before getting in the shower. From one day to the next, I decided to take a look at myself and came to the conclusion that I wouldn't waste another day of my life being "okay" with this suffocating feeling. That was the day I decided to have weight loss surgery and the rest is history!
I called a family meeting with my parents and my sisters. Before I could even finish verbalizing my decision they said, "You want to have weightloss surgery." They knew how unhappy I was. They knew how much I had shut down. They knew, more than I did at the time, that was NOT the life intended for me or for anyone.
The night before surgery, I remember looking myself in the mirror and saying, "You will never be the same again and tomorrow is your rebirth," and that's exactly what this journey has been to me - a rebirth.
It has been eight LONG years of getting to this point. Physically and emotionally. I was cut open and sewn shut, but the fat girl in my head lived on... I put in the work, friends. I researched, I read, I studied, I conversated, I asked questions, and I asked for help. I smiled, I cried, I gave up, I got back on track... but I never gave up on the opportunity that I was so foruntate to have been given, and that has made all the difference.
For those of you who actually read this... I'm here for you. I want to share the wealth of knowledge. If I can be of ANY assistance to you, please do not ever hesitate to reach out.