February 24th, 2018

I have to start this post off with my ever growing gratitude and thanks to everyone who has supported and loved me on this crazy journey. I am blessed and deeply touched that when I shared this blog on Facebook I received so many positive comments and so much love. Sharing this journey is so important to me for so many reasons.

I want people to know that it is okay to seek help no matter what you are struggling with. It doesn’t necessarily have to be weight loss. Sometimes we all fall down and need a helping hand to pull us back up, and that is more than okay! We aren’t meant to face this life alone.

I also posted it because I know there are people who do not understand the process and complications and life changes you have to make. I am an open book when it comes to my journey and surgery, and while everyone is different, I am here to answer any and all questions I can to help those I can better understand the whys and how’s.

Posting about this journey and my experience has also been an eye opener for myself. It has reminded me that I have more love and support than imaginable. Some days this adventure gets hard. I mean really hard. It isn’t always about nonscale victories and losing pounds. . Some days I eat too fast and feel like my chest will explode. Other days I “forget” to eat and I get light headed and am weak until I replenish myself. This is all about balance and finding a happy medium from my old life to my current life.

I am so thankful that I have had my husband and his family and my friends and family who have all supported me and taken care of me when I need it.

My husband has even reminded me to slow down when I’m eating and not to drink around meals. He has read everything he can about the surgery and has never once doubted that I would be a success story. He listens to every little accomplishment and beams with pride.

And my biggest supporters and cheerleaders, whether they even know it or not, are my nieces and nephew. . The babies and big kids that are one of my driving forces to keep on pushing myself through the bad days and frustrating moments. Knowing that I want to see them all turn into beautiful and handsome teenagers and amazing adults was what brought me the drive to make me want to live a long, healthy, happy life. Some day I hope they can read this and know how much Aunt Dez loves each and every one of them.

Thank you all who read this for loving and supporting me. ❤️

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