Weight Loss Surgery Gives Ginnie Thompson Many “Wow!” Moments

Weight loss surgery was the solution to many of the physical problems Ginnie Thompson faced. Today, 150 pounds lighter, she rejoices.

In 2006, when my husband and I had to cut a golf vacation short because my knees hurt so badly.  I realized then that if I wanted to golf when I retired in a few years, that something needed to be done about my weight.  My knees couldn’t carry all that weight around anymore.

It seemed like my weight loss surgery journey took a long time.  I started the process by going to support group meetings, which were mandatory. The surgeon insisted I attend at least three meetings prior to surgery, as well as lose 5 percent of my weight.  I went to support group meetings and lost 30 pounds (more than 5 percent) over six months.

In October 2007, I had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.  I continued going to support group meetings, and joined some online support group sites as well.  I highly recommend getting as much support as possible.   What better place to get advice and helpful hints than from those who have already gone through the process of weight loss surgery and who have been successful? And those who have not been successful can give you ideas how not to make the same mistakes they did.

It took me less than one year to lose 150 pounds.  Prior to surgery, I was an insulin dependent diabetic; now, there are no signs of diabetes.  I’m now two years out from surgery and I’ve never felt better in my life – nor had I ever worn a size 8, 9 or 10 in my life, other than shoes.  In my opinion, that old saying of “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels” is right on.

Also, this year, I have undergone some plastic surgery.  I’ve had a belt lipectomy.  This is where the excess skin is pulled up from your tummy and buttocks, and even helps out your upper thighs. I had a great plastic surgeon.  He recommended the belt lipectomy over the tummy tuck – and I’m so glad I went for it.  I do have a scar that goes around my entire midsection, but as time goes by, the scar fades.

And just a few weeks ago I underwent my second round of plastic surgery, having the excess skin removed from my thighs.  This skin bothered me the most.  Prior to these surgeries, I had heard many horror stories about plastic surgery – including stories from support group members who had had plastic surgeries themselves. My doctor, however, put me in contact with a person who had the surgeries I wanted, and she was kind enough to meet me and put my fears to ease.  There really wasn’t much pain at all with the surgeries. And in fact, I’m going for my third and final surgery at the end of January to deal with my arms.  I’m so excited with the thought of having all this excess skin removed.

And to answer the big question: Yes, I did pay for this all out of pocket.  I equate it to the expense of a new car; what other vehicle do you drive as much?  What other vehicle would you want to put your money in than your own body?  I’m ecstatic with both my new body and mental state now.

Life is grand now!  In June, I became a grandmother to a beautiful baby girl and I just love being able to get down on the floor with her.  My recommendation to all people who have had weight loss surgery is to make a list of all your “Wow” moments, so you don’t forget where you came from.  Write them down so you don’t forget.  Just the little things in life, like the first time you were able to climb the stairs without thinking you needed oxygen; or the first time you crossed your legs, without having to use your hand and arms to get the one leg over the other one. I was so happy the first time I flew on a plane after bariatric surgery.  It thrilled me not to have to have a seatbelt extender, and it thrilled my husband not to have to share part of his seat!  Another “Wow” moment was going horseback riding.  I wasn’t ever able to horseback ride due to exceeding the weight limitation.  The “Wow” moments are just endless now.

Really, I hope I’ve touched someone with this success story.  Things weren’t always easy for me, and it took me a few months after my weight loss surgery to realize I had made the correct choice in having the operation.  Now, each day, I’m so thankful for everything, and I appreciate everything all the more!

Ginnie Thompson

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