I am a 53 year old, single, unemployed mother of two. I have recently been diagnosed with degenerative bone disease in my spine and hips. On top of that I have bursitis, spondylosis, tedinosis, a labral tear and capsular leak in my right hip and subchondral cysts in both hips. My surgical & neurological team have advised me to have bariatric surgery (i.e.gastric bypass) immediately in order to get more mobile and to try and prevent me having a spinal fusion and double hip replacement. If the surgery is not done and I don't lose the remaining weight, I will be in a wheelchair by the end of the year. I need to lose 85kgs as fast as possible. My medical aid have rejected the doctor's motivation letter and my only hope is to raise funds privately.
I changed my lifestyle almost 4 years ago to follow Atkins (a LCHF lifestyle), weighing an unbelievable 180kgs and successfully lost 60kgs. Unfortunately, as a result of the pain and limited movement, I was forced to stop going to gym and gained back 25kgs. It's been a long and slow process and now don't have the time to lose the remaining 85kgs in a few months.
My medical team have been working on my behalf and have managed to reduce the cost of this surgery from R250 000 to R100 000 ($8000).
I am asking my family and friends and friends of friends to help me, as this time, as I cannot afford the necessary surgery. I am still following the LCHF lifestyle, but my weight loss is very slow.
Since writing the above on the 10th June 2017, I have lost a further 4kgs. I now have 81kgs to lose.
Please would my family, friends and complete strangers be kind enough to share my story on Facebook with all your contacts. And if at all possible, I would be truly grateful for a donation no matter how small. I really am in dire need of help from everyone!
Thank you to those very kind people who have already donated. I am truly grateful!!! This has been an absolutely humbling experience and a lesson in humility.
So today, 29th June 2017, I weigh 140kgs - 80kgs to go and not enough time to get there.
Today is the 18th July and I still weigh 140kgs. As you can see progress is incredibly slow!!! Getting so frustrated, but I refuse to give up!!! I can and I will, is my motto and mantra...
And now we've come to the 1st August 2017 and guess what? Yes, I'm still the same weight despite trying really hard. I just want to give up... I'm feeling very overwhelmed...
It appears that nothing has changed since my last post on 1st August. I haven't lost a damn thing and I've endured endless, mind numbing pain this week. I told my mother this morning that if I had had a gun, I would have shot myself. I don't know where, how or when this will end, but I do know this... I can't continue this way... Please folks, I am desperate for this bariatric surgery to lose this remaining weight. I cannot sit, walk or lie down without being in pain. Sleep is becoming a rarity and I'm honestly losing the will to live.
Please share my Facebook link on your wall and tell your friends about me. And if you can donate a dollar or two, it will go a long way to helping out with the surgery I desperately need. If I cannot count on my friends, I don't know who I can count on??