by June Zaragoza, MPH, RD, LD
Yolanda Tucker had gastric bypass surgery one year ago at the age of 29. Why? She says, “My life before had its ups and downs. I think I was happy, but I could see how my life would be better. I would lose 10 lbs, but then be back doing the same things. I saw people doing activities with my kids I wasn’t able to do. With chairs at school I thought 'will this hold me?' That was another reason.” Finally her doctor said have you ever thought about weight loss surgery?
Now, after losing 140 lbs, she can do a lot more things with her children. “I didn’t care about things. I don’t know if I was depressed. My daily activities are different now. I have more ideas of what to do, bowling, swimming. I can wear a bathing suit and have more confidence in general. It is easier to talk to people. We do a lot more things now, Shedd Aquarium, Great America. It’s awesome to be able to do more.” Now she has a lot more confidence as a dancer. “I am a big dancer. I have a lot more energy.” Also she states, “My love life and everything is completely different.”
One of the most meaningful experiences was with her mother. “I saw my Mom in Kentucky. I sent her pictures. She was crying, saying come look at my daughter. That feels great. I saw a videotape from my trip there before, oh wow. You never really notice the difference.”
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