"My journey through surgical weight loss has had its challenges but I would never go back and change my decision. For the first time in almost 12 years I feel AWESOME! Now.... I'm turning peoples' heads and feeling beautiful! I am finally able to enjoy everyday activities that many take for granted. I'm not short of breathe, tired, or just not feeling good. I have no need for my high blood pressure or diabetes medications anymore. I enjoy getting into a bathing suit, doing my daily work-out and actually completing it, and shopping at all those stores I would have never... nor could I have ever shopped at before. For the first time in 12 years I was able to go sledding with my kids. I was even able to share a sled with my son and daughter and not be completely embarrassed due to being overweight. My daughter hugged me the other day and I won't ever forget what she said... "Mom, I can put my arms all the way around you now!" This really touched me! My family means the world to me and through my weight loss surgical journey I have seen this love and devotion that my family has had for me. I couldn't have done this without their love and support!"