Laura has been promising to finish her weight loss surgery story and how the gastric sleeve has changed her life. Unfortunately, her life has been a little crazy the last few months, so she asked me to do a quick update for her. Laura is just a few weeks from her one-year surgery anniversary and I’m hoping as a way of celebrating, she’ll take a minute to share with you what it’s been like for her. But until then, here’s what’s been going on. Laura’s gastric sleeve surgery was done on August 5, 2013 making her 50 weeks post-surgery. To date, Laura has lost 85 pounds and is well below 200 lbs.
Weight Loss Surgery – Making Changes and Committing to Herself
She’s dedicated herself to a new way of living, so much so that she committed to complete the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Seattle Walk in August! True to her kind heart, she’s written the following on her donation page:
Honestly, I have wanted to participate in this event for a while but I never felt I could accomplish something of this magnitude. I’m not going to lie, this event still scares me but I am tired of being afraid to succeed so with determination and furious passion I am committing the next 9 months to training and fundraising for this amazing opportunity.
I am participating in this event for a few reasons . . .
- Breast Cancer runs in my family, my grandmother is a survivor. Through genetic testing I have been advised that I am at an elevated risk for developing this disease as well. I am walking for the women in my family and I am walking for me.
- Everyone knows someone who has had Breast Cancer. A co-worker left behind a small daughter after she battled Breast Cancer for the second time in her life. It kills me to think that this beautiful little girl does not have her mom with her every day. She doesn’t deserve this, no one does. This family doesn’t know me but I am going to be walking for this little girl and her mom as well as other families that have lost a loved one.
- I mentioned it above; I am doing this as a personal challenge for me. I recently had weight loss surgery and for the first time in a long time I am feeling powerful and in control. I feel like I can conquer the world but I’m not sure of my own strength. I am pushing myself to my limits to see if I can make it. I know I can do this!
Please help me reach my goals by donating to this amazing cause. Every little bit helps and on a personal level it would mean the world to me to know that I have your support during this crazy adventure that lies ahead.
Thank you for taking the time to read my message, I truly appreciate it!
And that’s why I adore my beautiful niece. If you are moved by her commitment to herself and this charity and have a few dollars, please consider sponsoring her Susan G. Komen walk efforts. I’ve done so and have donated new baby, dog, and doll items for a garage sale (weather permitting) this weekend. If you’re local (Renton/Seattle) email if you’d like the address. I’ve donated the closing inventory from my online store so there will be princess dress-ups, Disney costumes, 18-inch doll clothes, and dog harnesses and more at insanely low prices and they’re all brand new!
Also, if you have a moment, wish Laura a happy 27th Birthday or congratulate her on her weight loss. I’ll be sure she sees your messages (and maybe it will encourage her to come back and tell you why she’s so busy! It’s her secret so I’m leaving it up to her).