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    Sending best wishes from Ohio!

    I hope you are doing well! Hang in there! emoticon
    3262 days ago
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    Hi Danny, I just saw your video.........and am SO proud of you. Weight loss as you know first has to come from a mind change. And I believe you've set out a goal for yourself that's awesome!
    I am here for you if you ever want or need to talk. Keep on keeping on!!
    3303 days ago
    Hey Danny,

    I just saw your Video Blog, way to go.

    I've been a member of SparkPeople since January 2011. I can understand how you feel as I have had the same kind of challenges that you have all of my life. The difference is that I'm 57 now and just started taking care of things. Since starting my weight loss journey I have lost 207 lbs.

    Prior to starting my weight loss journey I weighed 491 lbs. The reason that I started my weight loss journey was that I had visited an orthopedic surgeon to find out about having both of my knees replaced. He told me that replacement at my weight presented a great deal of risk and that at my weight he was not prepared to do the surgery as it was fraught with failure.

    His immediate solution for me was gastric surgery involving lap-banding. As I was in a great deal of pain and desperate I was ready to sign up for anything, and agreed to follow that path. When I came home and told my family of my decision, they went crazy and started doing everything they could to discourage me.

    As luck would have it, living where I do here in Canada, where we have (almost) Universal Health Care, males with a BMI as high as mine can't get this type of surgery that easily. This being the case it meant I would either have to pay for it myself or go out of province or country. I decided to go out of province, but found that it presented many challenges that I was not prepared to deal with so my Doctor suggested that I meet with his dietitian while he tried to find a way to get a solution for me close to where I live.

    I met with his dietitian, a nice young girl, young enough to be my daughter, who has never had a weight problem. She left me with the impression that she was going to FIX me because she knew better and that she was an expert on food, living and life at her stage of life, or at least that's how I interpreted our meetings. I RESENTED EVERY SINGLE MEETING.

    At the time I started meeting with her I was also struggling with getting my pain medication in balance so that I could function as a near normal human being. By some queer stroke of luck I managed to lose some weight, and thought I was doing pretty good, which gave me a sense of accomplishment.

    That Christmas just before I joined SparkPeople, my kids came in for the holidays, and I thought that I did quite a good job of being good but as luck would have it when I went to visit the dietitian I had gained 5 lbs. I was disappointed and to make matters worse my sweet little dietitian made me feel like CRAP, or at least that's how I interpreted it.

    She told me that I was going to have to learn how to manage my food. Can you imagine that? At my age I had to learn how to manage food. I thought that I already knew how, you know, open mouth put in , manage food, NOT.

    That's when I stumbled upon SparkPeople, and what a lucky stumble it was.

    While starting my journey with SparkPeople and the Orthopedic Surgeon I also started taking some physio therapy to try a help with my knees and back, which was also giving me a great deal of trouble. When I sat down with the physio-therapist, she said to me, "You're Screwed!"

    I was taken aback with her statement and asked for an explanation. She told me simply, that in order to help my legs I needed my back, and in order to help my back I needed my legs. She told me that she would give the last 2 1/2 months of her career, as she was retiring. I knew that she was the best in her field, and that it was worth the time.

    As I worked with Judy, my weigh loss journey continued with success and upon my discharge, it was Judy's opinion that in addition to my dual knee replacement that I have abdominoplasty to relieve the pressure on my spine.

    When I met with the plastic surgeon he told me that having this type of surgery presented a great deal of risk for both he a I. He told me that unless I could reduce weight to under 300 lbs., he would NOT agree to do the surgery. He also told me that the surgery presented a better than 50% chance of infection and that I would probably end up in the O/R more than once. He also indicated the risk of mortality. Lots to think about, isn't it?

    When I advised my orthopedic surgeon that this possibility was on the table, my knee surgery got postponed. I was devastated. Here I had lost about a 175 lbs., and thought I was doing great, and had managed to jump over every single stumbling block that anyone had thrown in front of me, and here was another one. The new challenge is infections and prosthesis, they just don't get along, and in order to protect the integrity of my new knees, we had to do anything we could to avoid the risk of infection. So knee surgery postponed.

    On May 1, 2012, I went into the hospital to have abdominal surgery to remove my apron(panus) and have a hernia repair as well as abdominal wall repair. At the same time they also removed about 22 lbs. of tissue. As I am writing this I am at home recuperating from the surgery, that went exactly as the doctor predicted, except for the infection part and the mortality.

    All things considered, I think it went quite well, and I feel pretty good. I attribute this to a few things.

    Firstly, of course was my weight loss, which I was made much easier with Sparkpeople.

    Secondly, my physical condition. I can tell you without a doubt, that I am in the best physical condition of my life. For the last 12 months, I have been in the gym 6 days a week. My physical preparation going into surgery was so good and my mental preparation was equal to it. I was told going in, that the stronger I was going in, the stronger, I would be coming out. I think they were right.

    Thirdly, I had the best Plastic Surgeon and Team looking after me.

    Now, with this phase of the journey almost behind me, I must now begin preparation for the next phase, the knees. I can't wait to get through my rehab so that I can get back to the gym to show off the new profile and of course start working out again. It's only about 2 weeks and I really do miss it.

    I told you this whole story because you need to hear it. Do yourself a favor. Don't wait until you get to be my age or have my challenges before you do something. Do it NOW, before it becomes a big problem that becomes so difficult to overcome.

    I wish you the best of health and luck on your journey and if you ever need someone to talk to drop me a note.

    Stay Healthy and Stay In Touch

    Big Dave
    We're In It For The Finish,
    I Can Go The Distance
    3329 days ago
    Hello Danny...I am new here. I saw your intro and truly feel your pain. Know that all things are possible and you have taken the initiative to get there! I hope this finds you well and would love an update!
    emoticon ...Slow and steady will eventually get you where you want to be!
    3331 days ago
    Hello Danny How are you doing with ur journey to get healthy. i was checking out my spark friends and saw u was a friend of mines, so i wanted to keep in touch. What are you up to, are you still working hard to reach ur goals? if things are not going so well don,t despair and please don,t throw in the towels it might be tough but the rewards are worth it and being healthy is important for us all. Take care buddy and know i,m rotting for you emoticon emoticon
    3347 days ago
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