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Q: Why did you have -- or why are you considering having -- weight-loss surgery?

There are several reasons I opted for gastric bypass -- I had obesity-related illnesses, I could not lose the weight on my own, my insurance would cover the procedure, etc. But the bottom line is, I was afraid to die young. And that is why I had the surgery ultimately. What is your top reason for having weight loss surgery?
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Hoopers Judge, Community Member
2/ 4/13 8:34pm
To save my life!!!!! I also wanted to be thin again. While I am not thin, I have lost over 100 lbs and I look good. Most importantly I am healthy. Reply
BigGirlMS, Community Member
1/26/13 1:49pm

I have progressive MS, and was losing mobility fast  In order to stay mobile for as long as possible I decided to have a gastric bypass. I will still progress, but I hope it will be slower now that I have lost about 130lbs. 

My Bariatric Life, Health Guide
1/26/13 3:36pm

Good for you! I always am pleased to hear about other people taking control of their health and their lives. Congrats on the 130-lb weight loss! I truly hope that you delay your MS symptoms as long as possible. I wish continued good health to you.



My Bariatric Life, Health Guide
1/27/13 10:52am

I just thought I'd pass htis along for your consideration. This morning I've been listening to many of the thought leaders in the Paleo movement (a Paleo diet is very similar to the bariatric diet so you are probably following this eating plan). Anyway, one of the thought leaders, Dr. Terry Wahls published this book, which may be beneficial to you. I hope it helps!


Minding My Mitochondria 2nd Edition: How I overcame secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and got out of my wheelchair.


Dr. Terry Wahls is a board certified internal medicine physician and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she teaches internal medicine residents in their primary care continuity of care clinics, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic and conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with a chronic progressive neurological disorder, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls did not give up. Instead she began reading the medical literature night after night, looking for her own answers about what drove disability in the setting of MS. She created new theories which she then tested upon herself with results that stunned her family, her physician and herself for she got up, out of the wheelchair. She now able to bicycle 18 miles.


Grateful to have her life back, Dr. Wahls has been committed teaching both the medical community and the lay public about the power of the Wahls Diet™ and the Wahls Paleo Diet™ to restore health and vitality. She has founded The Wahls Foundation to support education and research about the impact of the Wahls Diet™ and the Wahls Paleo Diet™ coupled with exercise on multiple sclerosis and other chronic disease. She is also the lead scientist for a funded clinical trial testing the effectiveness of the interventions she used so successfully on herself in others with secondary progressive MS.


Favorable preliminary results were presented at the international 2011 Neuroscience conference in Washington D.C.





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By My Bariatric Life, Health Guide— Last Modified: 02/17/13, First Published: 01/26/13