Hope renewed….

Posted by gum232 on November 3rd, 2012 |Filed Under ME | Leave a Comment

My hope is renewed!  I have struggled so very long with weight, literally all of my life.  I am smaller now than I was in high school, maybe even junior high.   So much time has been “wasted” in the condition that I was in for 30 years.  Finally, maybe, I have figured out the reason, the cause, the direction in which God has been leading me to for all of these years.  I have submitted a letter regarding my situation and the situation that is growing in society today where people are trying to focus on their health and lose weight via surgery, naturally changing their health-style and/or through excercise.  SKIN!  After doing a little research online, there’s not really hope but by carving it off like a turkey!  So now let’s wait patiently and see where this leads.  Below is some of the letter.

I truly feel like I have been able to put on a “skinny suit” which most people don’t get to wear that are and were as big or bigger than I was.  I have discovered that it’s not how people treat you but more of how you present yourself by letting your pride and confidence radiate through your existence.  Looking good in clothes is a huge bonus, with the deep, very deep, appreciation for spandex!  People have no clue what is hidden underneath the threads.  This “skinny” suit is one that I can’t take off on my own.  After visiting a plastic surgeon for an idea of what could be done, I found out that I have an additional 25 pounds, give or take, that could be surgically removed, that needs to be surgically removed. 


The problem that comes with this new knowledge, being the price of around $30K, is that insurance will not cover anything.  Some insurances I believe will pay for corrective surgery, however mine is not one of them. So herein lies the situation – the fight for legislation for insurance companies, all of them, to pay for skin removal- it is corrective NOT cosmetic.  When I blogged in December last year I wrote about some of the ideas that I had.  Here is a portion of that blog:


My most recent revelation

I have a new goal and maybe someone can help me figure out a game plan, method, or even give me names, etc. to contact. After calling our insurance company, I found out that nothing is covered – “anything related to obesity is exempt”. Thus meaning, that all these years of having my skin stretched out, which is now, uh, not so pretty and only getting worse, will just be there. Insurance doesn’t cover anything reconstructive for extreme weight loss. GRRRRRrrrrr! Really?! I got off of blood pressure medicine, other meds years ago, and am in darn good health now and improving daily. CONCLUSION: Insurance companies (at least ours) are in business to keep you sick! If you are healthy, well, you’re on your own. The nation is in an epidemic of obesity and numerous health related conditions. There should be some kind of benefit to cover procedures to remove excess skin. There should be many stipulations and guidelines that must be met/followed to qualify, but every insurance company should pay out for this cause.


Example guidelines:

1) Must lose “x” % of BMI (not just a tummy tuck for losing 30 pounds) {mine has gone from over 58 to around 37}                     (My BMI now is about 30!)

2) Be at “x” BMI for a year after goal is met, doesn’t matter what kind of method is used to lose weight whether surgical procedure, health-style change, etc. {not met goal yet – but will, and this needs to be in order by the time I qualify!}

3) Have been under doctor care for duration of loss {my doctor is ecstatic! Very supportive and proudJ}

4) Been seen by a psychiatrist, been in a support group, followed a program, etc. {I attend a TOPS chapter weekly and go to MRC twice/week}

5) Retroactive – applies to anyone that has done such up to 5-10(?) years ago as long as previous guidelines were met {want anyone who has accomplished a huge weight loss to be eligible}


Okay, I’m sure there’d be a lot of people on board with this idea but who do we talk to and how do we approach it? Congressmen? Representatives? President?? You would think that the drug companies would be behind it as well, but not sure about that? Any ideas and hints would be helpful. I’m ready to speak and go forward. I volunteer to be the face of the once obese people! Don’t know really how that’d work but I’ll put myself out there for the sake of myself and others. Someone has to be willing to do it.


Back to a personal note, I have realized what I have done to my body and wrote it a letter the other day. I thought I’d share it with you.


Dear Body,

I deeply apologize for all the unhealthy, unwise, and downright stupid choices that I made in the past few decades. Please forgive me. I look forward to building an even healthier relationship with you today, tomorrow and for years/decades, to come.



AKA “The hand that feeds you”


If you look up plastic surgery after weight loss or bariatric procedures you will find that there is obviously a HUGE need because there are lots of doctors playing on the growing (or shrinking) need.  If the nation is concerned with the increasing obesity problem and there are those that fight the battle of the bulge and win, naturally or surgically, shouldn’t we have the right to live the rest of our lives in a corrected more contoured figure?


I am a mother of two daughters that we have to consider paying for college, cars, weddings, etc. It has taken a toll on our family through the strife to finally lose the weight and work on keeping the pounds off sensibly.  I can’t afford to take funds away from our children and be selfish to invest that kind of money into something I would typically consider vain.  I have already deprived my children of a mother for most of their lives not being able to go and do the things with them that I should have been doing for not being physically or mentally capable.  It would be financially devastating to our family to make that commitment for years. 


There is obviously a huge problem with obesity in the society in which we live, practically being the norm, not even the exception anymore. We’re living in the land of plenty all right.  Now that there are people focused on losing and maintaining their weight loss there seems to be an even bigger problem that these elite successful dieters face.  It’s understandable that it could be considered vain to want the extra skin gone but it’s probably not for the vanity part for others any more than it is for me.  I have worked too hard to lose 170+ pounds, WITHOUT SURGERY, to want to LIVE the rest of my life hidden and shaped in girdles.  Don’t get me wrong – I love elastic and spandex – but I would like to live out my days/years/decades not having to tuck, shove and squeeze into figure contouring devices. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  IF you have any connections to help in this endeavor please let me know.



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