20 January 2017
Today marks my 1 year anniversary of my gastric bypass. I am ecstatic! My name is Therèse, and this is my story…
A few years ago, weighing in at 130kg, I went to see Dr Swanepoel with regards to gastric bypass. Unfortunately my medical aid did not cover the operation and I wasn’t in any financial position to go the cash route.
In 2015, I went to see Dr Swanepoel again and was hoping that my medical aid would now pay for the operation as I was on a different medical aid and a better one than what I was on previously. Unfortunately, once again, no go for the medical aid. Then we got a breakthrough in our business and God provided the funds needed for this operation I so desperately needed as now my weight was over 150kg (my scale only went to 150kg) and my diabetes was far out of control. I was in poor health and just miserable all the time.
8 December 2015 I had a consultation with Dr Swanepoel, weighing in at 152kg and he informed me I have been approved by him and the rest of the team to have the surgery done. I was over the moon!! Panicking as to when this operation will happen, I went with a clenched jaw to Lorraine (Dr Swanepoel’s receptionist) to see when he would be available to operate. And I got my date for the 20th of January 2016. Thank You Lord was all I could say and walked out of the practice in tears. When hubby and I got back into the car and the radio went on, the song of Hezekiah Walker played – Every praise, to our God. We sat there in the car praising God for this situation.
Then began my lifelong struggle with food… I promised myself that I will never over indulge or live such an unhealthy lifestyle ever in my life again. Uhm, that’s AFTER the op I would do that… I knew I had to do a liquid diet 2 weeks before my op so I thought to myself, well, then let’s start eating… Yes I know, wrong attitude but I did… When there was a hole in my tummy, I filled it. And not with good stuff, I filled it with nonsense!! Like pizzas, junk food, chocolates, snacks, etc etc. I went up to 160kg. I then started my liquid diet and was extremely strict with myself. The morning of my operation, 20 January 2016, I weighed in at 149.7kg.
My op went extremely well and I felt great. Not much pain at all and I was ready for this big change in my life that I so needed. The physician took me off my insulin immediately and to date I have not used any insulin again! I am only on diabetic tablets. After being on insulin for 15+yrs, this was quite a big deal to me.
The road in this year has not been easy, but worthwhile! I couldn’t do it without the support of my God, my husband, my family and my friends. I also do all my follow ups with the necessary people religiously and attend the meetings of the Bariatric group. It’s nice to see other people go through the same I have been going through and encouraging one another. Those that have been on this road for a long time, short time and those still making the decision if they must do the op or not. Every day I watch what I eat and I follow an exercise program. It’s very important to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the road ahead. This operation is not a quick fix, but an awesome tool for helping you gaining your ideal weight.
Judy, the dietitian, gave me my goal weight at 88kg. I thought it was going to take me forever to get there! In December 2016 I reached my goal!! What a joyous day that was!!!
I just walked back in from seeing Dr Swanepoel, weighing in at 87kg. He is very happy with my progress and said that I would be ready for skin removal in about 6 mnths time 🙂
Blessings to you all!