My own personal D-Day…
Today, June 6, 2017, is the 5th anniversary of my weight loss surgery. I kept a blog chronicling my journey from the initial consultation with my surgeon on October 25, 2011, through the 2-year anniversary of the surgery itself, writing the final post on June 6, 2014. Those stories, trials and tribulations still live in Cyberspace at:
I hope people still stumble across that blog and gain some insight, inspiration, information and humor from it. For numerous reasons, I did not include photographs in that blog. It just was not part of the journey I felt like sharing at the time. However, I admit there is truth in the adage that, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. So on this, my 5-year-Surg-I-Versary, I am posting some before-and-after pictures…with some caveats.
I have bounced back from my lowest weight, more than I would like. And I am working on shaving some of those pounds away. It is a lifelong journey and my weight will always be something of a struggle. That is all part and parcel of this process. Even with my bounceback, I am profoundly grateful that I am not where I started. I am stronger and healthier than before surgery and I am free from the hip and ankle pain that drove me to pursue surgical intervention after having exhausted every other means available to me. Weight loss surgery is a true last resort and should only be considered when all other measures have failed. Knowing all that I know now, I would make the same decision. For me, it was what I needed, when I needed it.
So, here are some pictures.
With my longtime friend Mary K. Briggs, April 2010 and March 2017
With my husband, Sweet Pea aka Jeff Cutshaw, August 2010 and April 2016
With friend and singing partner Marc Hampton, November 2011 and April 2017
With mentor in music and weight loss Eric Thorson, November 2010 and December 2017
With Delta Omicron sisters and friends Allison Hendrix and Ann Jones, July 2009 and July 2015
Me. Just plain old me. July 2009 and April 2017.
I’m not where I want to be, but thanks be to God, I’m not where I used to be. Life is good and I’m healthy. I am blessed and greatly loved. I am thankful.