Friday, October 13, 2006

The Diary of a Fat Woman

Well, I have an announcement to make. It's kind of a big deal in my life, so I'll give you the back story. The summer I worked at Camp Blue Haven ('02) I busted up my knee. I dealt with it for two years until I saw my doctor about it. He said that he needed to operate, which I was expecting. Then he said that I was in for more knee surgeries, ankle surgeries, hip problems, etc. unless I did something drastic about my weight problem. In his opinion, with my disease and medical history my only realistic option for losing the weight would be gastric bypass surgery. It came as a shock that my doctor would recommend something so drastic. At the time I didn't know anything about the surgery except what I'd seen on media reports. So, I started doing some research about the operation and decided that it was probably my best option. The timing didn't feel right though. I had just graduated from college and was looking for a job. I was also somewhat emotionally unhealthy at the time, so I decided to shelve the issue for a while. During the spring of this year I started thinking about the surgery again. I was/am doing so much better emotionally. I would like to have already had this surgery before I start my career. And, my school schedule would be good for this type of surgery because I have huge month long breaks for recovery time. So, I started looking around at doctors and even went to Dallas one weekend for a initial appointment with a surgeon who'd been recommended. The doctor I felt the most comfortable with was Dr. Syn who practices in Lubbock. He is very competent and has even operated on a patient with my disease. I trust him completely with my operation. The next big battle was with the insurance company. They initially denied my request for coverage, but I found out last Friday that they'd approved my second request. That is such a huge blessing. So, there you have it. On December 12th, I will be going in for a major surgery that is going to change me drastically. Honestly, I don't even know all of the ways this surgery is going to change me, but I'm as prepared as I can be for both the good and the bad. I would ask for your support and prayers as I enter this new phase of life.

By the way, Grey's was awesome tonight!!

12 comments:

Amanda Peterson said...

Wow, lady! I really hope that it goes well for you. Let me know if there are any specific ways that I can pray for you in this.

Grey's was good, but I'm sad. I was cheering for Finn.

Ashley Nelson said...

I love you, Sue (lupe) I will be here to love on you during December and beyond. Hang in there. I am glad you feel so good about all of this. God has a way of giving us peace when a decision is right...

Love you@

Robby and Lynsey said...

I'm so happy that I'll be in the big L during your recovery. We will continue to be praying for you...

Grey's was FABULOUS! I was so mad at Derek ... but then I was excited when she sent Finn away. I love Finn - but i was cheering for Derek. And can I also just say - I love Addison ... and McSteamy is a big fat jerk. I look forward to hating him. What do you bet that Alex will end up OB? I would like that, I think. And George is being stupid. I liked Callie. (Really ... I just love all of them. Thank you for getting me addicted to this show!!!) ;) hehe I'm glad you have time to stay addicted in the middle of school!

Allison Brown said...

Hey!
I just wanted you to know that I have been and am still really proud of you. You are handling this well, and your honesty is refreshing!
I'll try to make sure Caleb isn't up over 10 lbs. so you can hold him at Christmas. :) I love you! We are praying for you.

Kyle, Marta and Darby said...

God bless you Sue and your doctor during this big step! Our thoughts and prayers will be with you! I admire you so much for your strength! Know that you are loved and surrounded by prayers!

Robby and Lynsey said...

Just wanted to tell you that you are precious! Love you.

Melody said...

I will definitely be praying for you and will come visit you in the hospital or home...whatever :) I hope everything goes well. I miss you!

Crysty said...

You will absolutely be in my prayers, what a huge choice to make and it sounds like you have really made the choice with much wisdom and prayer, I admire you for that. Love you tons Sue!

And I love Grey's, I missed it last week so I am so thankful that they have put all of the shows online to watch! It was great! I was kind-of pulling for Finn, even though I knew he was off after this show.

Anonymous said...

Good luck and best wishes!
Although I for one think, health issues aside, that you are the hotness right now.

Sue said...

Who are you anonymous?? You should tell me I'm hot to my face!! :)

Anonymous said...

Then the next time I see you I will.

janet lewis said...

Sue, what a big decision for you. I'll definitely be praying that it is successful for you. I would love to see you when you are in Lubbock. I still have that little charm you engarved (at DML) on my tv and think of you often.

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