Valerie’s Success Story
I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus in 1994. After years of treatments, medications and pain, my body became weak and disfigured due to obesity. Through the years, I developed high blood pressure, high cholesterol and my lower extremities were swollen all the time due to fluid retention. In 2013, I was thrown another curve ball. I was told that I have Type II Diabetes. At that point, I knew that I had to do something. After all, I have 3 small children to care for and I knew that I need to be here for them. So I made the decision to make this lifestyle change. In July of 2013, I had gastric bypass surgery. I knew that once I got the other person off of my back, my life would be a lot better. My weight at the time was 315 pounds. I am now 2 years post-op I’ve lost 150 pounds. The good news is, I don’t have diabetes anymore, I don’t suffer from high blood pressure, my cholesterol is good, I am not wheelchair dependent anymore and most importantly, I am more physically active with my children. Having the gastric bypass saved my life and it allows me to not let life pass me by.