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Married mother of two boys. I had a c-section with...

Married mother of two boys. I had a c-section with my first child and my body has never been the same


Today is Feb. 16, 2012 exactly 3 weeks until my...

Today is Feb. 16, 2012 exactly 3 weeks until my surgery! I'm do excited....I'm going to get a tummy tuck plus lipo on my love handles and my lower back. The Dr. said I may have a hernia on the side of my navel and if so he's going to repair it. I've got to travel to Chicago to get it done because I saw a woman on her and her timmy tuck look so good that I just had to have that same Dr. lol! I will try to keep you all posted...thank u!

Today is Friday Feb. 17th, the more I read and...

Today is Friday Feb. 17th, the more I read and look through everyones profile the more I get excited and encouraged! You all look great and your Dr.'s have done a wonderful job. You ladies have really inspired me! I look at some of your pictures over and over every day just imagining how beautiful I'm going to look.....real soon! :-) I was feeling embarrassed about posting before pictures but hey if you all can do it so can I, and I will. I would like to be an inspiration to some else as well. (Before pics coming soon)

Hello ladies! Today is Thursday, Feb.23...exactly...

Hello ladies! Today is Thursday, Feb.23...exactly 2wks until my surgery...yay! :-) I'm sooooooo exited! I went to get my supplies today and will be making my payments tomorrow, I also faxed my pre op test results from my physical on Monday...I am so ready! Hurry up 2 weeks! Lol

Today me and the Hubby drove to Chicago to make my...

Today me and the Hubby drove to Chicago to make my payments to the hospital and to the PS. Yay! Now all I have to do is wait (13 more days).......I cant wait to see the new me, footloose and fancy free lol! Happy healing and future healing to u all!

Today is Monday Feb. 27th......10 MORE DAYS! yay...

Today is Monday Feb. 27th......10 MORE DAYS! yay I'm so so ready......the count down has begun! ;-)

Today is Thursday...exactly a week until my...

Today is Thursday...exactly a week until my surgery! Yay, 7 days away! I'm still very excited, I get so consumed w looking at all of ur pics and reading all of ur stories, U ALL LOOK GREAT! I cant wait to see the new me! I will b joining the FABULOUS CLUB real soon. My husband is a firefighter and he asked me if I would take some pics in his uniform after my surgery, I said....Yes! I told him I might set myself on fire just so that he can hose me down lol! Yeah...I know...I'm a hot mess! U all have a good night ...talk to ya tomorrow! ;-)

Hello, iv read a lot of women saying that they...

Hello, iv read a lot of women saying that they were nauseous but not really saying if they threw up/puke,, I would like to know if u actually threw up and how did u handle that bcus I always throw up after anesthesia and I want to know what to expect or how to handle it, please help me out bcus I'm very worried about that, thank u

Today is Sunday March 4th, I have only 4 more days...

Today is Sunday March 4th, I have only 4 more days and then I will be FABULOUS! YYYYYAAAAAYYYYY! I can't wait.....thanks for all of the advice ladies!

Today is Tuesday March 6th, two more days til...

Today is Tuesday March 6th, two more days til surgery, I'm still very exited but I'm also a little nervous, I expect the pain and I'm ready for that but I am not ready for the throwing up, plus I just started thinking about all of the ppl that are going to be in the operating room and will see me butt a** naked lol (such a violation lmao), I don't even want my husband to see butt naked (so embarrassing lolbvs).....well I'm going to do some deep cleaning today and some grocery shopping that way I can go to the movies w my Hubby and just relax tomorrow! U allllllllllllllll have a good day, happy healing to all u who are now on the other side! :-)

Good morning ladies! Today is Wednesday March 7th,...

Good morning ladies! Today is Wednesday March 7th, one more day(tomorrow) yay! I'm not in the best of mood today actually I'm feeling kind of down, yes I'm still exited about my surgery tomorrow but now I'm in that nervous stage and when I get nervous I get very quiet and just want to be alone so if I don't reply to u please don't think I'm ignoring u bcus I'm not, I'm just trying to relax(mentally) but I will respond to u later, I don't think I will be back on here today but I will update u all as soon as I can after surgery, continue to pray for me and happy healing to u all...... :-* muah *hugs*

Ok ladies my surgery was a success! I an doing so...

Ok ladies my surgery was a success! I an doing so good butt I am so tired/sleepy, I refused the pain pump bcus my pain ia tolerable, I'll do pain pills, plus NO THROWING YO bcus I go, see yat the patch behind ear but now that they gave me 2 pain pills u feel a little woosy, pain is only like a 3 I will part some more later bcus I'm sleepy

Hello everyone! I'm still doing great today my...

Hello everyone! I'm still doing great today my pain is still about a 3, I was in surgery for 3hrs, I got TT, MR, Lipo all the way around upper and lower, and hernia repair my pain is not bad except when I cough, luckily they kept the catheter in me over night so I didn't have to get up and down to go pee but now that the catheter is out they want me to go pee and once I can go pee I will b able to go home, the pain is not as bad as I thought it would b, I do have the 2 drains and they asked me yesterday if I wanted a pain pump and I told them no, I also told then that I didn't want the narcotic pain pills bcus they are too strong and made me nauseous so now I'm on some extra strength endorphin type pills and those are much better, I was able to get a pic of my stomach and I will post it once I get home to my laprop, I will continue to keep u all updated, thank u ladies and happy healing to u all! :-)

Ok ladies yesterday I woke up and I was fine but...

Ok ladies yesterday I woke up and I was fine but then they had me take off my binder for an hour plus have me a few pain pills and all of a sudden I got real sick, I threw up 4 time and yes it made my stomach hurt like hell, my blood pressure went up to 169/104, I started having chest pains shortness of breath ang I broke out n a seat, to make a long story short I had to go get a cat scan to make sure I didn't have a blood clot, thank God I didn't but they still kept me in the hospital another night. Iv been up now since 2: 00am the pain isn't bad but I just can't sleep, I'm so ready to go home, how many of u seem to not b able to hardly breath when u have ur binder on, out some times feel like it's cutting of my circulation, well Iv got to c the PS this morning and hopefully he'll let me go home, talk to u all later, have a good pain free day!

Hello ladies, today is Sunday March 11th and I...

Hello ladies, today is Sunday March 11th and I must say I feel damn good, I stopped taking the pain meds yesterday@5: 00am they were making me very sick and I got sick of throwing up bcus it truly hurt like hell, I had a little scarry set back on Friday, I woke up feeling fine but them they gave me 3 pills plus a 4th one to dissolve under my tongue and it was down hill after that bcus I got very sick, I was having problems breathing and I was terrified, the Dr had to make sure I didn't have a blood clot that got in my lungs bcus it would have been life threatening so we were all scared until the Cat scan results came back and said that I did NOT have any blood clots, thank God, from that point on I told them I was going to refuse pain meds unless they are not strong, so I am now just on extra strength Tylenol and they are working very well, now that the narcotics are out of my system I feel great, I'm 4 days post op and my pain is only at like a 1 out 2 and thats only when I walk, but thank u all for ur thoughts and prayers, I am now in the happy healing faze and I couldn't be happier....love u gals

I also had a small BM today but it wasn't bad at...

I also had a small BM today but it wasn't bad at all, iv got a lot of gas but it's not bothering me, now that the nauseous is gone I'm able to eat a little

Hello ladies, today I am 6 days post op and I must...

Hello ladies, today I am 6 days post op and I must say I am feeling great, eating great, and pooping (tmi) great, I'm just not comfortable when I go to bed, I go from the couch to the recliner to the bed, restless nights but other than that my healing process is coming along really good, yesterday was ok but that was the first day that I was real tight and stiff, it was a challenge everytime I had to get up and walk but today I don't feel as tight so that's a good thing, I am only taking 1 Tylenol a day, at night and it seems to be working just fine, I hope u all are doing good and happy healing to u all!

Hello ladies today is Friday March 16th day 9po,...

Hello ladies today is Friday March 16th day 9po, and I must say yes I am still feeling and healing great, u ladies are looking more beautiful each day, yesterday was the first day that I had a lot of swelling, I thought I was going to bust open my lower stitches lolbvs, I must tell u to please stay away from Egg Drop Soup it was good but it blew me the hell up lol, I'm still sleeping in the recliner and yes it is still very uncomfortable but il manage :-( , I am so ready to go shopping, the hubby gave me 10 crispy $100 dollar bills and told me I can buy me something nice but only after I get my drains out, the PS said he will be taking them out on Wednesday the 21st and I cant wait! Im ready to try on some 2piece bikinis which is something i have never worn, Well I hope all of u are doing good and continued happy healing to u all....muah. ;-*

It feel so good to try on fitted shirts and look...

It feel so good to try on fitted shirts and look good in them without love handles and belly rolls.......yay I'm on the flat side!!!!!! :-) AND IM LOVING IT!!!!

Hello ladies, I am 2wks post op and I'm still...

Hello ladies, I am 2wks post op and I'm still feeling and healing great! As some of u know I got both of my drains out yesterday and YES it hurt like a son of a B****!!!!!!!!!! Lol, I thought I was going to die!!!!! It hurt and burned so bad but I'm glad they are out, the holes look gross and the left one leaked a little today but other than that its been ok as far as the pain goes and I'm still only taking 1-2 Tylenol at bed time, I am so pleased w my surgery, I have no complaints at all, my PS removed the tape off of my incision yesterday too and my scar looks realy good and its very thin, I cant wait until the summer bcus I am going to rock me a couple ok 2piece swim suits......oh yeah.....IM BRINGING SEXY BAAAAAAAAAAAACK! ! lol. Happy healing to u all...smooches. *muah! :-*

O M G!!!!!! Today is the worst day EVER!!!!!!!!!!!...

O M G!!!!!! Today is the worst day EVER!!!!!!!!!!! Why in the hell did I do this to myself!!!!!!

Hello ladies, all the way up until Friday March...

Hello ladies, all the way up until Friday March 23rd I was feeling great and healing great, I thought that once I got the drains out that everything will start getting better and better ....but NOOOOOOOO!!!!! These damn drain holes have got me so depressed, I got them out on Wed. March 21st and here it is Sun. March 25th and both holes are still ooosing/leaking and it is so gross. I cant wear any clothes bcus I'm trying to let them dry out so I don't want to cover them w anything and I'm trying to make sure nothing irretates them, the right one is still not closed all of the way but the both of them are oozing, they don't stink as if they are infected or anything but its just so nasty and embarrassing, just gross, do any of u have any suggestions, has this happened to anyone else and how long does it take for the holes to close/stop oozing.....somebody anybody PLEASE. HELP ME!!!! THANK YOU

Hello ladies, I'm going on 4wks post op in like 2...

Hello ladies, I'm going on 4wks post op in like 2 or 3 days and as some of u know I have been a little discouraged bcus of my drain holes, I got the drains removed like 2wks ago and my holes just started trying to close 2days ago, it has really had me feeling down bcus they are open wounds and they look gross, I went to the ER and they said they were healing fine and there is no infection so i guess that was a relief, I'm just glad they are starting to heal and look a heck of a lot better, the scab on my bb has finally came off and boy did that scab stink lolbvs ugh, other than the drain holes I am doing and healing great, I cant wait to go try on some bikinis! :-) have a good day ladies and happy healing to ya! Ttyl

I have a question..... why does it look like some...

I have a question..... why does it look like some women are sucking their stomach in, do some of you still have to sick in after your tummy tuck bcus I don't have to sick in at all, my stomach is just flat and getting flatter every wk, I had to go get a smaller garment bcus my waist is still shrinking as the swelling continues to go down, my swelling haven't been bad at all since day one, I only had one day of swell hell and that's when I ate Chinese. Lol

Hello ladies, i hope everyone is doing good and...

hello ladies, i hope everyone is doing good and healing well. i am now 6 1/2 wks post op and i am feeling great, drain holes are completely healed and scabbed over and swelling in lower part of stomach is going down :-), there is still swelling in upper stomach right up under boobs but from what iv read that is normal swelling that will go down....other than that everything is really going great and i am enjoying my new body, cant wait to show it off a lil....this cost too much to have to cover up im ready to show my monies well worth lol.... enjoy ur day ladies and continued Happy Healing to u all!!!!


oh.... i got on the scale today and i weigh 139 :-) !! the day of my surgery i weighed 151 so im still losing weight as i lose swelling......so i can say im happy about that!

Ok ladies..at first i wasnt going to do it bcus i...

ok ladies..at first i wasnt going to do it bcus i was ashamed of how they looked but i have now decided to post the pics of one of my drain holes so that u can see what i was talking about and what i was going thru...i feel if im going to show u the good side of my TT i should show u the bad side of my TT so here goes...(iv posted 4 pics)

Hello ladies!!! i am now 10 1/2 wks post op and i...

hello ladies!!! i am now 10 1/2 wks post op and i am still very pleased w my results, i went to a line dance class on Saturday and i had a really good time but i think i over did it a little bcus i had some minor pain in my lower stomach area but i still had a ball lol, im looking forward to my final result but i love how im looking thus far!! happy healing to u all! :-)

Hello ladies! i have not been updating in a while...

hello ladies! i have not been updating in a while but i am now 5mos. post op and i am still loving my new body, i still have some minor swelling after i eat certain foods but other than that every thing is good, iv posted some new pics (4 and 5 mos post op)....continued happy healing to you all!!!!

Hello ladies!!! i am now 7mos. post opp and still...

hello ladies!!! i am now 7mos. post opp and still very happy and satisfied. i do still have some minor swelling from time to time mainly when i eat too much soduim and i do have some tender areas as well as some numbness and tingleing in certain spots. other than that everything else is good. i hope all of u are doing well and i wish continued happy healing to u all! i have included some new pics and iv got a sexy new tattoo on my stomach.

Hello ladies....just checking in, I am still very...

Hello ladies....just checking in, I am still very happy and very pleased with my results, I will be 9mos post op tomorrow (just posted 2 new pics), I must say time has really flown by....I wish u all continued happy healing :-)

Hello ladies, i am now 10mos post op....almost a...

hello ladies,
i am now 10mos post op....almost a year...WOW time is really flying! yes yes yes i do still have swelling and yes yes yes i hate it, there are days that i have to dress up and i try not to eat certain foods so that my stomach does not swell, this is the one thing i can complain about without feeling like im just complaining lol....i wish we all had the answer to that one famouse question "when will the swelling stop" lol, i have no idea when it will stop but i do know it does not stop at 10mos but other than the constant swelling i am inlove with my new body....i am so happy and pleased with my results, do i see things that i dont like or wish was different yes but im loving me and i dont think i want to change anything else....happpy healing to u all and Happy New Year my beautiful Realself sisters!! :-) posted new pics

past my 1yr mark

I am 15 months post op and I must say I couldn't b happier w my body... It hasn't been easy but definantly well worth it... Healthy eating and exercising at least 5 days a wk is a must to help maintain the flatness... Good luck to u all and continued happy healing! :-)

just another pic 15 months post op

next month (March 8th) i will be 2yrs post op Tummy Tuck :-)

Hello ladies!!!! My 2yr post op mark is right around the corner...wow how time flies lol...when ur having fun lol :-)....I am still very pleased with my results and I couldn't be happier with my stomach.....I'm still working on a six pk lol....ok il settle for a 4pk lol....have a good day and continued happy healing to u all :-)
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what incredible results! thanks for sharing your story and your pictures - you look absolutely fabulous! happy early surgi-versary!
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thank u so much and ur very welcome
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It will be the best thing you have ever Done!
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Yes indeed Ms Fancy u r so right
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Go head girl...you look awesome! Thanks for sharing your journey.
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Thank u
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What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing. You look wonderful!!
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Thank u
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You look great. What was your weight/size before and after surgery? My stomach is so flat but my butt feels huge! I am a little over 5 months and the swelling still is bothering me. Some days I feel like you could pop me with a pin!!
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Thank u....Im starting to think the swelling will never stop lol..before I weighed like 152...now I weigh 139
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You look amazing! Love all your outfits :-)
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Thank u
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You look so great! I love how as time went on in your pics you can totally tell how much more you were loving your body! Love that! Keep doing what youre doing because the hard work is showing! :)
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Awww thank u soooo much missbug111
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Msbeas you look amazing! Tummy looks nice & flat, u got some ab definition & Your waistline looks so tiny. Looking real good mami!!
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Thank u Lisee... I am very happy w my result... My Dr. ROCK! lol
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Yes your dr rocks but u can tell u been putting in some serious work at the gym!! We have to or this will not last, surgery is just half the battle lol
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Msbeas girl you look so good!!
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Thank u Mia boo!
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Omg is all I can say. I'm so in love with your tummy. You look so nice, I prey I will be flat as the time goes on after. I just love your results. You was wearing them bathing suits and undies, just FAB!!!
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Lol.. thank u, it hasn't been a easy yr but its definantly been worth it...I am very pleased w my results, I finally feel like I have a nice body Lol... I am now satisfied.... no more beating myself up :-)
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You look great, loving those abs!!!! can't wait til im 10 months po!!! Im only 2 weeks po. I gotta long way to go, lol
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Thank u and good luck to u... continued happy healing
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You look great wow and time has flew by! I finally got my doggy ears snipped thanks god, I feel so much better. Now that hard part is maintaining! Keep up the good work!
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Hi new york, thank u and yes maintaining is the hard part lol, continued happy healing to u
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