Best decision ever even with the bumps. - St. Louis, MO

At the height of 5'1", I found myself...

At the height of 5'1", I found myself weighing 272 lbs.. I ended an almost 5 year (toxic) relationship and began losing weight 9 days later.. That was September, 2010. I now weigh 163 lbs and would you believe I'm 5'3"? My spine was compressed. I'm scheduled for a medical study (hence the low cost) on May 31st. I'm excited to get to the end results but am terrified of the pain. I also need my arms done, my breasts done.. They're rather large but sag terribly.

I got my final approval and paid for my surgery,...

I got my final approval and paid for my surgery, today! I'm so very excited and nervous. Pray that all goes well! 2.5 weeks until surgery! :D

Preop appointment is Monday!! 12 days and...

Preop appointment is Monday!! 12 days and counting. :)
Praying for the best.

8 days! Holy frijoles! :D

8 days! Holy frijoles! :D

I have to ask... Is it worth it?

I have to ask... Is it worth it?

I'm just a short 4 days away. I'm so very excited....

I'm just a short 4 days away. I'm so very excited. I really hope it's worth it. Please tell me it is!! I definitely fear the recovery. I also fear waking during the procedure. Ugh! If I get near a computer, I will post more before pictures. Praying for all of us. :)

Tomorrow is my day! I'll be entering the flat...

Tomorrow is my day! I'll be entering the flat side!!!!!! :D

All I have to say is WOW! I feel so wonderful. I...

All I have to say is WOW! I feel so wonderful. I can't believe how good I feel. :)
Yay!!

I had to share.. My period started yesterday,...

I had to share.. My period started yesterday, just before leaving for the hospital. LOL. Awesome!

I am soooooo very sore today. I'm also very...

I am soooooo very sore today. I'm also very swollen. Ugh!

JUST had a drain removed! :D

JUST had a drain removed! :D

Going back to work tomorrow! It's going to be a...

Going back to work tomorrow! It's going to be a long 12 hour day. Thankfully I am a nanny and when the child takes a nap, I can too! :)
Wish me (and my one drain) luck!

Doing well 14 days PO. I actually think my drain...

Doing well 14 days PO. I actually think my drain will be removed today. Bitter sweet.

I'm having a rough day. First, my drain hole...

I'm having a rough day. First, my drain hole (that is inserted into me) began leaking. Then, when my home health nurse came to empty my drain, it was leaking again! She got 78 ml out of it and now, two and a half hous later, it's more that 75 ml full again! What the heck is gong on? Is this normal? I'm so over this drain. :(

I must say.. I have continued to lose weight...

I must say.. I have continued to lose weight after my TT. Today, I am down to 154. I am a muscular woman so my new goal is now 142 so that I have the 140's to play with in my lifelong maintenance and at 142, that'll be 130 lbs lost total. :)
I actually see that in the distant horizon!

Just popped the drain stitch. Ugh! As ready as I...

Just popped the drain stitch. Ugh! As ready as I am to lose this drain, I'm not really ready. Too much output! Omg. Waiting for my nurse to get here and for my dr. to call. Wish me luck.

My nurse is so amazing. She did something called...

My nurse is so amazing. She did something called a Chevron to keep it in place. :)

Really having a down day. If I had the ability to...

Really having a down day. If I had the ability to cry, I suppose I would. Washed my binder and as I sat down without it, I felt so fat.. Gross. Prior to that, I went to the pool (can't swim because of the drain) and proceeded to get an ugly sun burn on my back. Normally by this time of year, I have an awesome tan. My bad. :( Then someone I thought was a friend has gone off on me for no reason. Trying to put a guilt trip on me because I didn't inquire about his best friend's brother who is apparently dying.. I totally would have if he had ever told me about it! Omg! :(
That friendship is over. Tomorrow can only get better though, yes?
The power of positive thinking is truly amazing so I'll keep trying.

So today I'm exactly 4 weeks PO and still have a...

So today I'm exactly 4 weeks PO and still have a drain! Am I the only one in the "pain in the drain" club?

I AM FINALLY DRAIN FREE!

I AM FINALLY DRAIN FREE!

I'm painfully swollen today and have developed an...

I'm painfully swollen today and have developed an itchy rash all around my incision. I suppose I'm having a rough day. :(

I think I'm finally feeling better. The rash is...

I think I'm finally feeling better. The rash is slowly improving after 2 full days of a steroid. I've been taking lots of benedryl so I've been a bit out of it! My awesome seroma seems to be hanging on for dear life however, it doesn't seem to be getting worse so I'm not too concerned. My doctor doesn't seem to be either. I will see him tomorrow. I hope everyone is doing wonderfully. Sorry for my absence. :) ?

Had a great visit with my surgeon. The seroma has...

Had a great visit with my surgeon. The seroma has subsided and the steroid did it's job! I've been cleared to workout and swim so I'm a super happy camper!! :)

Had a great visit with my surgeon. The seroma has...

Had a great visit with my surgeon. The seroma has subsided and the steroid did it's job! I've been cleared to workout and swim so I'm a super happy camper!! :)
Dr.

The aftercare has been exemplary. My Dr. Is so wonderful and having a nurse come every single day has been a God send. That ends when I lose the drain so I'm thinking that'll be never! :)

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Great story! I have a similar story and am ready for a tummy tuck but hoping to be able to get away with a mini (I love my belly button...lol). Can you please tell me what your Dr's name was? Does the 2500$ you paid include anesthesia and such also? Would love to see updated pics! Congrats on your new life:)
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I just now saw this!! My bad! The operation was part of a medical study so that is why it was so cheap. My old belly button was sooooo deep that I am super happy that I have a new one. I gained 15 lbs over the holidays and haven't been super motivate since. Convenience and a new job kinda hinder my workout schedule. I'll go to the gym tomorrow! :)
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Wow Jacklin that is a great story. You are a real inspiration!
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Primarily through diet and exercise. Beachbody has been a great help!
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TT was the best decision ever. :)
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Hi jacklin I am hoping got a TT soon. I am 3 weeks post op from a BR. I was just wondering how you managed to take the weight off. Congrats.
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you look amazing and went thur alot iam so happy 4 you did you loose the weight working out i try every thing and just couldnt i had lab band in 08 and now shooting for the tt w/lipo scared but iam doin it my prayers are with you we need more ladies like you
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Lookin good girl! Glad you finally got rid of the drain!
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Hope your dad feels better soon.
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Sorry to hear about your dad. My father is 83 as well.
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oh my goodness I am so sorry to hear about your father, I hope everything turns out well for him and he recovers quickly! I am doing very well I hope your hanging in there and doing well too! Hugz!
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Thank you Regi. I hate that I haven't been able to keep up on here. Hopefully no one has noticed!! LOL. You look absolutely incredible!!!!!!!
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Thank you Jackie, Don't worry about anoyone here, I'm certain everyone understands what your going through with your father is far more important then keeping up with realself. Take care of your dad and yourself we are not going anywhere!
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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy So happy for you, Im glad you got the clearance to workout and swim I can't wait for my clearance!
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You'll likely be cleared before I was. :) Patience is key and so is this website!!!!! Love you all. :)
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hey jacklin how are you ms lady. just wanted to say hey and check in on ya! hope all is well
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Thank you. :)
I'm great. My father broke his ankle and is awaiting surgery. This happened on July 17 and the surgeon said he wanted to wait for the swelling to go down. My dad is almost 83 so he is in a nursing home while waiting. I visit him daily. Haven't been on here much. How have you been??
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Happy to hear you are doing better:)

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Thank you, Kimmers! You are a wonderful community "mom". :)
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Ahhhh thank you!

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