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I actually have MS, and one of the main problems with my MS was that I had really bad joint pain and issues with my joints. So, my extra weight was just making those problems worse, which is one of the reasons I had my surgery. I was very conscious, as well as physically struggling to do things. It was a huge mental block for me, even just being in a swimming pool or at the gym, and being around friends, I felt so much bigger than everybody else.
Now that I’ve lost that extra weight, I can move so much more easily.
I tried Slimming World, Weight Watchers, keto diets, and many different things like that. I was also prescribed weight loss pills by my GP, which I did try, but they just didn’t work.
I would lose weight, and then I would regain the weight again. They didn’t really work for me.
Now, being able to put on a swimming costume, gym clothes, or a dress and simply go for lunch is a huge deal for me because I’m not spending the whole time worrying. I can just enjoy what I’m actually doing, which is really nice.
Before I had surgery, I felt like I was never going to be able to enjoy food again. I was incredibly worried, thinking, “Will I ever be able to have a chocolate bar again? Will I ever be able to eat my mum’s roast dinner and all of those things that I think I’ll never be able to eat again?”
I remember people saying to me, “You have to have your last supper before you start your diet,” and I was quite worried. Actually, just six months out, I can have all of those things. I eat them in complete moderation.
My surgeon told me that the first few days after surgery would be the most difficult, and I would really regret the surgery, but that it would get better. For me, even in those two days, which were considered ‘the worst two days,’ I never regretted it once.
The moment I had my consultation, I knew that this was where I wanted to have my surgery. From every appointment since then, every phone call, and every follow-up call, everyone has been so lovely. Even paying my deposit, I spoke to the loveliest people ever. It might seem like a small thing, but it meant a lot.
One of the reasons I had my surgery was to help my MS, and another reason was due to fertility issues. Being overweight made it more difficult for me. So, I’m hoping that in the future, having lost the weight will mean having a family.
It will also mean that if I am lucky enough to have a family, I can do things with my family that I never would have been able to do before. Just going for a walk in a park, which may sound simple, or being able to push a pram on the streets if your baby can’t sleep—things that people often take for granted. But these were things I was always very aware would be more difficult for me, and now I hope that those things just won’t be an issue.