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  1. I stumbled across your blog while doing research gastric bypass add effect on autoimmune disease. I have multiple endocrine neoplasiasia, fibromyalgia and through between arthritis. I’m a dancer in my early 40s and it’s just getting worse and worse when people keep trying to talk me out of this surgery because they say “You’re not that bad yet!” At the this last year I was diagnosed with full-blown diabetes and sleep apnea. Of course the naysayers continue to try to talk me out of it like “oh come on, you can’t possibly have tried EVERYTHING…” I hate being called a liar. And I hate feeling like this. So reading your follow-up 3 years later the way you look and feel just helps confirm I’m making the right decision. Thank you for taking the time to share your story..

    1. Hi, Kate:

      It must be really frustrating listening to people downplaying your concerns. At the end of the day, you need to give more importance to want you want and need versus other’s opinions. After all, you’re getting the surgery for YOU and no one else. Had I listened to a few negative Nancy’s, I would still be fat and miserable. Instead, I’m getting ready to celebrate four years of fairly stable weight (plus or minus five pounds) post surgery. I don’t regret my gastric sleeve surgery at all and it was the best thing I did for my physical and mental well-being. I hope you do whatever you need to do to be healthy and happy. I’m rooting for you!!!

      Hugs, Kim

  2. Kim, you are an inspiration! I am 38 years old and I also suffer from ms and fibromyalgia. I have started the process to get a gastric bypass but I have been secobd guessing the decision. I also struggle with exercise due to my mobility amd pain issues and I was wondering what you do for exercise now? Thank you for your inspiring blog.

    1. Hi, Laurie! Welcome and thank you for the kind words. ❤️ My exercise regimen consists of walking, yoga, and resistance bands. Those three are all my body will tolerate. Fibro and MS prevent me from doing any high impact exercises.
      Since you have fibro also, I highly recommend yoga. It helps with the pain.
      I hope this helps! Kim

  3. Hi Kim, I am in the early stages of researching bariatric procedures and ran across your blog. I’m so glad I did. A lot of your words read as If I’m speaking. I also have MS, hypothyroidism, insulin resistance and arthritis. I’ve just turned 50 and have reached a point where dieting and every weight loss supplement on the market just don’t work. I have a couple of friends who’ve had the procedure done. One has gained everything she lost and more while the other looks great and has been very successful (just found out she is pregnant at 43!). I also started Ocrevus this year. I will have my second full dose next month. Have had no complications with it so far. I am encouraged by your experience and am looking forward to pursuing the surgery.

    1. Hi, Beth: What a small world! I’m so glad you found me =) Weight loss surgery was one of the best decisions I ever made! If you want to learn more, I have videos on my YouTube channel chronicling my gastric sleeve experience (in addition to the posts here on the blog). I talk about the pluses and minuses. No sugarcoating! I hope you’ll watch >>>
      Fingers crossed that Ocrevus works it magic <3 Kim

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