Remember that store I love to go in? Homestead Handcrafts?
I went in there the other day to get bows for Charlotte and Annabelle to wear to Showcase.
And while I was there I saw this
Now this is very fitting, I thought.
Because even though I had weight loss surgery, there is nothing easy about this process.
There is nothing “easy” about having 80% of your stomach cut out and removed from your body.
I mean who volunteers for surgery? Who signs up for that on purpose?
You have to be some kind of desperate to willingly subject yourself to surgery, right?
And then there is the recovery
And relearning how to eat all over again.
With a new stomach
Feeling like you’re choking to death or you have something trapped in your throat because you ate more than you should have
Panic attack anyone?
Are those easy?
There is nothing easy about walking around the block at 400 pounds
The surgery had nothing to do with that.
That takes effort.
That is real sweat.
And this reminded me of a magazine I saw at the grocery store last month
And by the way I’ve lost more weight than both of them. 137 pounds.
And my brother has lost more weight than both of them PUT TOGETHER.
Not that it matters since we took easy street.
Isn’t a gimmick something they try to sell you? Something that they make sound awesome?
You want to know how they advertise gastric bypass surgery?
By telling you after the stomach is divided, the small intestine is cut about 18 inches below the old stomach.
The cut end of the intestine is looped up and then connected to the new small pouch, which will hold all of the food as it is eaten.
The 18 inches of intestines, which are left attached to the old stomach, are now bypassed in the digestive process.
Oh yes! Cutting intestines.
Let’s sign up for that!!
What about the vertical sleeve surgery?
Just hop over to youtube and watch some videos of your stomach being sucked out through a tiny hole.
Fun for the whole family!
If a gimmick is supposed to be attractive and appealing then this doesn’t sound like much of a gimmick.
If anything it sounds horrible. Scary in fact.
But that’s……Easy street???
Writing up a will and kissing your children goodbye wondering if you’ll ever see them again because people at your weight can die on the table..is that easy street?
Having someone give you a big shot in your stomach and slap you on a tiny surgery table at 400 pounds
Then tell you to count backwards
So they can cut 80% of your stomach out of your body?
That’s Easy Street?
I suppose these are the things written, thought and said by those who haven’t had weight loss surgery.
Trust me–I admire people who have lost half their weight without it.
I wish I was one of them.
So does my bank account.
But I spent 10 years climbing the scale and for whatever reason I couldn’t do this on my own.
I don’t know why.
I spent enough years asking myself that question.
What’s wrong with me?
Am I defective?
Am I morally bankrupt that I can’t stop eating?
Why am I always hungry?
And then I got to the point where the answer to that question didn’t matter because pretty soon I wouldn’t be around to ask it anyway.
Because I’d be dead.
And what does that magazine mean by ‘Real Success’?
My brother used to be diabetic.
He had sleep apnea
He was on oxygen
He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure
He was waiting to die.
And then he had weight loss surgery and he lost 250 pounds.
And he isn’t diabetic anymore.
And he doesn’t have congestive heart failure even though the medical doctors said that isn’t even curable.
And he doesn’t have sleep apnea or need oxygen
He just ran the Marine Corps 10K and he’s training for a triathlon.
And he’s earning his certification to be a personal trainer because he wants to work with people like me.
Like all of us who have walked this path of obesity.
And he inspired me to start this journey.
And now I’m playing baseball with my son.
And shopping with my daughter.
And I’m alive.
But that isn’t real success?
So what is real? Because in my world that’s REAL.
All I know is this.
Choosing weight loss surgery is not easy.
It can be risky
And it’s expensive.
14,000 dollars self pay because the insurance denied me 3 times.
Does that sound like Easy Street?
But dying–that’s real.
Leaving your kids motherless.
That’s pretty real.
The scars I have where the surgeon pulled 80% of my stomach out through a tiny laparascopic hole.
The tears I’ve cried.
Those are real.
Whatever route you choose to help you succeed in getting your health back will have its ups and downs.
Like most things in life what works for one person may not work for another
Does it really matter how you get there?
Everyone’s journey may be different but none of them are easy.
Like the sign said…Where the heck is easy street?
I’ll tell you where.
There is no easy street.