I have struggled, off and on, for much of my life, with weight and associated health issues. Never have I met a diet I didn’t try… Like Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Opti-Fast, and, finally, weight loss surgery, most specifically, gastric bypass surgery.
I understand the impact that extra weight can have on one’s life. Impacts that aren’t limited to social, economic, behavioral, medical, and even in professional ways. And extra weight can lead to other health issues. When it’s multiple issues, doctors call it comorbidity. Maybe it’s Type II Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Asthma, bone and joint issues and diseases, and COPD. I know that my personal understanding of many of these issues makes me an empathetic and kind listener. Rather than just saying, “I understand how you feel…” I actually DO understand, and indeed, know how you feel.
During my personal journey, I’ve become convinced of a mind/body/spirit connection. And for over 20 years, I’ve been working on achieving “balance” in all aspects of my life. My physical, mental and, spiritual health are all tied together, and I find it impossible to separate one from the other. I’ve lost over 100 pounds from Roux en Y Gastric Bypass Surgery in June 2013, and am now very active with hiking, swimming and slow meanders with my therapy dog, Winnie! I am in the process of successfully navigating the weight loss battle and am coming out on the other side, and am eager to join you on your own personal journey towards emotional, physical and mental health.