I want to offer a special thanks to Annette
Moore. Here is her story:
My name is Annette and I am married with two
children. I have been overweight all my life. My weight had been
spiraling out of control for far too long and I reached a point when
it was time for me to get my life back!
Before my surgery, I had feelings of despair
and I suffered from depression. I had cut myself off from my church,
my family and friends and did not want to leave the house. I had
even tried to commit suicide. I was in this deep dark pit with no
light at the end of the tunnel, so I thought.
One day the Lord touched my heart and told me
that I had work to do! The Lord touched my life and delivered me
from the dark pit of depression and despair and told me I needed to
get my life together.
I had always dreamt of being smaller but when I
dieted, I never really reached my goal. I had tried many diets over
the years only to gain weight back plus some. When I say I have
tried every diet, you can believe it. I have tried everything from
Weight Watcher’s to diet pills, diet teas, laxatives and even
binging and purging. I am not proud of the damage I did to my body.
I did not love myself enough to stop the acts of self-destruction.
The Lord stepped in right on time and put me on a path that I never
even thought about before, weight loss surgery.
At first the thought of such a drastic step was
just out of the question. I was once one of the skeptics that
thought it was the “easy way out,” but, who am I to judge? The more
I read, the more I learned that it’s not the “easy way out”. This
surgery is just a “tool” to assist me in weight loss and I will
have to work almost as hard as someone who has not had weight loss
surgery. This is a “lifestyle” change. This is for life!!
One day, I finally broke down and went to the
doctor. I had always stayed away from doctors in the past because of
shame. I would only go when I absolutely, positively had to go. I
explained my situation to my primary care physician. I told him I
wanted to get control of my weight. I told him I was considering
weight loss surgery and wanted to know what I needed to do. He
stated he supported me 100%. He explained the process and the
insurance requirements and told me the whole process would take
about a year.
I had gastric bypass surgery November 1, 2004
and my life has totally changed physically, spiritually and
emotionally for the better. I am now able to run and play with my
two children without gasping for air. Eight months after surgery, I
was taken off my blood pressure medicine. God is so good!
My energy level is unbelievable. I am part of
life again. I enjoy going to my water aerobics classes everyday.
can buy clothes off the rack in stores, cross my legs, and wear high
heels. My ankles and knees have stopped hurting. Most of all, I LOVE ME!!
God has given me my self love back. He allowed me to have this
surgery and to share my story with others. He uses my life as a
testimony to others. He is using me to help and encourage others. If
I had it to do over again, I would have the surgery again in a heart
It has been a little over a year since I had
weight loss surgery and to date, I have lost 158 pounds and
I’m still losing! I am 24 pounds from my personal goal. Losing
weight truly takes you on an emotional, physical and spiritual
journey and I am definitely not taking anything for granted. I take
one day at a time!
I love good news. If you have good news, a
success story to share, or inspiration,
please send it to me at
Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can
include it in future issues.