As I was facing my 50th birthday, I stopped and took stock of my life and did not like what I saw. I was morbidly obese, depressed, reclusive, irritable, had weight related medical issues, and lacked all self-confidence. I guess I could have thrown up my hands and surrendered, but instead I decided to take life by the horns and reinvent myself and start living again. In December 2008, I had Gastric Bypass Surgery; this is not something anyone should enter into without a 100% commitment to changing their life style and eating habits. I made this commitment and the results were phenomenal, within three months I was off all medications, I was especially thrilled to have normal blood pressure again. As I approached my one year mark, I was amazed at my weight loss, my heightened energy, and most importantly my level of happiness and the disappearance of my prior depression, I was happy again.
The next step in my journey included a breast lift/augmentation, finding Dr. Larry Pollack was a blessing. During my first consultation with him I was instantly sure he was the one I wanted to do the procedure. I relied on his expertise and had faith he would do surgically the procedures that would best suit my body type, height, age appropriateness, and my desire to have a natural looking bust line when my surgery was completed. The results far exceeded my expectations and Dr. Pollack’s surgical artistry and sculpting were paramount for me in regaining my self-confidence and poise.
My makeover has taken 20-months and I have lost an incredible 163 pounds and feel wonderful. I consider 12/8/09 my 2nd birthday, because I have grown and come so far in my life since that date. I now face the World with excitement and confidence, I also embrace being a woman in my 50’s and sharing my experience with others, to encourage them to never think it is too late to reinvent yourself and be the person you want to be. It does take hard work, dedication, and fabulous surgeons to accomplish the goal, but it is well worth the effort, because we are worth it!