Hi. I'm Jackie. I'm 23 years old, I go to school full time and am studying secondary education with a concentration in English. I work a part time job caring for the elderly in my area. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I live with my boyfriend of 4.5 years, Ben, our miniature schnauzer, Rocky, and our hamster, Hamilton. Through this wls process, I not only have Ben's support, but also that of my parents, Ben's family, my brother and sister-in-law (and I'm sure the fetus that is my very first niece or nephew supports me!), and a few of my closest friends. They've helped me jump through all the hoops thus far on this new adventure and finally, after waiting
Now, I've never had any kind of surgery before. I thought that I would have known in a timely manner that insurance had approved me and I thought I'd know what time I need to show up at the hospital the day of surgery and all that...turns out I was quite mistaken. Due to
That's why I'm doing this for myself. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared, because I am. The highest I've been is 278 and that was last summer. The last time I remember being under 200 lb was 7th grade. When the nurse took down our height and weight and did the eye exam and all that stuff, I remember seeing the scale read "199" and I thought to my 12 year old self "Oh crap, I have to do something about this." Now, here we are 10 years later and the problem has gotten so ridiculously out of control and it sucks. But, with the support of my friends and family and with the help of the Lap Band, I fully intend to overcome this problem that is my weight. But can I tell you a secret? I think part of me is actually more afraid of losing the weight than of the surgery itself. Is that stupid?