Weight Lost: 130 Lbs*
Excess Weight Loss: 50%
My name is Misty, I am 32 years old, I had surgery with Dr. Ganta about two and a half years ago, and it was the best decision I ever made, and my husband knows that I say that.
Life before was, it was difficult. It’s difficult when you’re a 20 something and you’re out of breath at Austin City Limits music festival, and your friends are already across the field and you can barely keep up, and you’re getting heat exhaustion and your feet are swelling and you feel like you’re about to pass out, and you’re 27 years old. I mean, not even to talk about the health aspect of it, I had sleep apnea, I was diabetic, I had PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome. I had a very, very difficult time restricting calories enough to lose weight, it was basically not possible. And I was faced with this really difficult decision at, you know, 29 years old that i have the health of someone, you know, 20, 30 years older than I am, and it’s not gonna get any better. It’s not gonna get any easier, I’m not gonna wake up tomorrow and suddenly be a healthy person, and I was doing everything I was supposed to do. I was taking my vitamins, I was taking my supplements, I had cut a lot of those bad foods from your, from my diet and nothing was happening. My health was getting worse, my cholesterol was through the roof, and over the course of about two years I did a lot of research, I did a lot of looking into, you know, what I wanted, and I decided that bariatric surgery was the way I was gonna go. I wasn’t willing to live the way that I was for the next, you know 50 years of my life.
April of 2011, I turned 30 years old, and I always had an idea of what my 30th birthday would be like. I would wear a fabulous outfit, I would be surrounded by me friends, I would dance all night long. We’d probably do Karaoke, cuz I like Karaoke. And it would just be a wonderful experience and I would feel nothing but pride looking back on those pictures of that night. And that didn’t happen. I was tired almost instantaneously, I couldn’t find an outfit that made me feel good about myself. I look back at those pictures and I, I’m not all that happy with who I see, with the person that I see. I know that person was happy, but I also know that person was really tired, and was sweating profusely, and had to reapply her makeup multiple times that night. And I was 30, I was not old, I was not, I was not at a place where I thought that was appropriate, I should not be exhausted within two hours of my birthday night, and I was. And for me that was really, that was really, I think, probably the last straw, I didn’t want to live that anymore.
My research process was, I read everything I could find on the internet, Google definitely was my friend. I read about every surgery that they were doing, experimental surgeries that were happening in Europe. I read about every surgeon in the State of Texas. I really didn’t want to travel, I wanted to recover in Austin, I wanted to be close to home, so I read about a lot of the surgeons in Austin and I read a lot of reviews. And every where that I looked, every person that I talked to, and actually I have three friends who have had surgery with Dr. Ganta, and I asked them. They have always been very open with me about their surgery and I said, you know, why did you go with Dr. Ganta? I mean, why, why of all the surgeons in Austin, of all the surgeons in Texas, why did you go with Dr. Ganta? And they said he knows his stuff, he’s the best here, and I started to realize that. The more research I did on my own, looking at surgeons in the Austin area, a lot of the other places are sort of these, they’re kind of like chop shops. I mean, you go in, you don’t even know which surgeon’s going to do your surgery till the day of, cuz it’s this massive group of surgeons that just all sort of take a crack at it. And I didn’t really feel comfortable with that, I didn’t feel comfortable with being anybody’s guinea pig or not having a face, not knowing who was going to be, you know, literally altering my life. I wanted to know that person, I wanted to be able to look them in the eye and trust them. And I met with quite a few surgeons in Austin and there was only one that really seemed like he knew what was going on, he was up on the latest surgical techniques, I could ask him about something and he would say, oh yeah, that, oh I was reading about that and I’ve done that with several of my patients. And that was Dr. Ganta, it was pretty much a no-brainer at that point. I had three friends who had very successful surgeries with Dr. Ganta and I wanted to be a fourth.
What do I feel now? I feel young. I know it’s kinda ridiculous for a person who’s 32 to say, but I didn’t feel young. I felt old, I felt like the oldest person in my friend group and I wasn’t the oldest person in my friend group, but I felt like it. I felt tired, I felt run down, I didn’t have any energy. And now, I’m the person saying no, no, no, no, we got two more hours, the bar isn’t closed yet. Come on, you guys, let’s go dance, let’s go out, let’s, you know, let’s do this 5K, it looks fun, there’s costumes, let’s, you know, who feels like driving out the the Hill Country and, and, you know, walking around Fredericksburg? Who wants to go to Six Flags, we went to Six Flags a couple of weekends ago and I fit every ride. That would not have happened two and a half years ago, I wouldn’t not have fit every ride, and I, and I could. My husband has a partner again, he doesn’t have a person he has to take care of, he doesn’t have a person who’s health he has to worry about in five, ten, 15 years. He doesn’t have to take care of me anymore. I keep up with my friends at ACL, I beat them to the other stages as we’re running, trying to make a show. I do South by Southwest with my friend, we walk around all day downtown, and I’m still the person at the end of the day that’s like, come on guys, let’s get some Red Bull, let’s keep on going. I’m the person that has the energy, I’m the person that’s rallying my friends now. I have a style sense now. I didn’t, I used to just sort of wear whatever fit. You know, whatever you can get that fits, that’s halfway appropriate for work, go with that, and in the summer it was long, shapeless dresses. I’ve had the ability now to find a personal style. And that sounds kind of superficial in a way, but I think it’s really important to be able to express who you are through your clothing. Somebody should actually have a conversation with you to know who you’re about, they should see you from across the room and say, I wanna talk to that person, and I think my clothing does that now. I feel much more confident and much more at home in my own skin.
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1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has also produced a guide to bariatric surgery that can be viewed on their website. [Read More…]