Progressive Story Part 2
I don’t remember getting bigger or the need to buy clothes in a bigger size. I do not remember a lightbulb moment of ‘Oh I am putting on weight’ – it just seemed to happen.
After a miscarriage in mid-2002 I seemed to go from a size 10 to being a size 20 bride in late 2003.
In the five years after that, my husband and I had moved two states, moved houses six times, moved towns twice and added 3 children to our lives.
It was a very busy time, and as a stay at home mum, I focussed my entire energy on playing with the kids and keeping the house clean. I never really looked after myself.
I didn’t like the way I looked. My biggest insecurity was that my husband is quite a slim man. I knew that people sniggered behind our backs sometimes because we looked like an odd couple.
By the start of 2011, I had decided that I needed more, positive changes for my children’s futures.
Leading by example I enrolled to CQU in their STEPS program – a preparatory program for adults commencing tertiary education. I was doing well and my confidence was growing. The only thing I had left that needed improving was my health.
After an in-depth consultation with a surgeon – including the horrible realisation that my weight was double that of my husband – I decided that this fairly new procedure – a sleeve gastrectomy – would be just the ticket I needed to get my weight and my health back on track.
A Sleeve Gastrectomy (commonly referred to as a Sleeve) is when 2/3s of your stomach is removed leaving the stomach the shape of a banana or a “sleeve”. Allowing you to eat smaller portions of food at meal times.
“Hi Alana, I am Bruce, it’s your turn now,” said a happy but quietly spoken orderly as he unlocked the brakes and manoeuvred the bed into the operating theatre.
My surgeon approached me with a big smile on his face and asked how I was feeling, and with butterflies in my belly, I replied: “I’m ok, let’s get this done!”.