Danielle, Before and After

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Changing my life...

With my 40th birthday fast approaching, I did some real soul searching and decided to change my life, I had high blood pressure, asthma, acid reflux disease,Osteoarthritis and was pre-diabetic. I had tried several different weight lose methods and while they did work, I never lost more then 40 lbs, I researched weight lose surgery (WLS) for more than 3 years however I was afraid, but one day I decided to give it to God and let him guide the way. Almost 2 years ago on April 20, 2010 I had Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypassSurgery at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland with Dr. MichaelSchweitzer.

When I woke up from my procedure, first I was overjoyed that I woke – up and next I experienced a feeling of being empowered. I was excited about taking my life back. I was looking forward to be a better me, the person that God had created and ordained me to be.

Since that day I have lost 250 lbs and I am a new person, but only on the outside, my heart and my spirit are the same. I feel like I was granted a new lease on life and what I thought would never be possible is now my reality.

The road that I took to weight lose is not for everyone and while some may say that I took the easy way out, I beg to differ, WLS is not a magic pill, it is a tool. I had some hard days in the beginning but I prayed, followed my Doctor’s orders and focused on my future.

My advice to other women is to strive to be the best you that you can possibly be, whether you are a size 2 or a 22, go to your doctor regularly, try to eat healthy most of the time, drink plenty of water and keep it moving! Our body is our temple, and we have only been blessed with one. Whatever road you choose to weight lose, make small goals, plan, prepare and achieve.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me; danikaiwest@gmail.com

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