Hello my name is Elizabeth Romero and I am 23 years old. My 1 year anniversary just passed on Sept. 26th. I got the gastric bypass RNY surgery and could not be happier with my tool! I started this journey after struggling with my weight for so long and my health hitting a downward spiral. At the age of 22 and me being 5’7, i weighed 305 lbs. I was a type 2-insulin dependent diabetic with high blood pressure and had a thyroid imbalance to top it off. I had just gotten married in April to my best friend and number 1 supporter. We had been wanting to start a family about a year or so before we got married but because I had found out I was diabetic and didn’t know it for 3 years, I had to get my sugar levels under control so those baby plans got put on hold.
I hated going to the dr because all I ever got told was that I needed to lose weight. It’s not as easy as it sounds.! My big wake up call was being told that getting pregnant would be a great challenge in itself because of the pcos I already had and my weight combined plus, if I did get pregnant, pregnancy would come with a number of problems and I would potentially not be able to carry a baby to term. The thought of me putting my body and the life and health of my unborn child at risk was one of the reasons why I chose to go through with gastric bypass. The other reason was that I’m very young and my health was shit. I didn’t want to think about getting any bigger than I already was and potentially dying prematurely. I knew I needed to make a change asap!! I had tried diets before, supervised and unsupervised and those did not work for long. I had also tried a weight loss program at the drs office but that didn’t do much. Finally my pcp suggested gastric bypass.
I had heard of the surgery before but never thought that I would need it. I was nervous and kind of not wanting to do it because I didn’t want people talking shit saying I took the “easy” way out, but they did anyway. I have lost a number of so called friends along this journey for that same reason. I also didn’t want to get judged because I couldn’t lose the weight on my own. With the support from my husband and my family, I decided to go through with it.
Sept. 26th, 2016 was the day my life changed for the better! I struggled a lot with dehydration in the beginning and of course the stupid “head hunger”. I managed to get through it by keeping myself distracted while people around me ate or just keep drinking water to calm the hunger. I also had issues with my gallbladder.
My biggest accomplishment yet is having lost 100 lbs that I will NEVER see again!! Also I did reach my ultimate goal. I just had my first baby, a boy named Joseph (baby puddin) on October 18th. He is absolutely perfect, happy and healthy baby. I was in complete shock when I found out I was pregnant. I thought the nurse was lying to me or playing some sick joke My surgeon said that it would take about a year or so for my body to get on track and that the recommended time to try was a year out as well. To everyone’s surprise this little guy had other plans, 4 months post op I might add. 🤔 Something I never thought I could do again was fit on a ride at Universal studios comfortably. I went in December and fit on every ride!! People, I tell ya, there was extra space between me and that safety bar *whoohoo!!
One piece of advice that I wish I would have known beforehand was that taste buds change! Learned that one the hard way with the protein drinks post-op. Had to go through a lot of different flavors/brands before finding the right one for me. One tip I can give you all is that no matter how hard it is right now, in whatever stage you’re at, whether it’s pre-op or post-op, don’t give up. It’s just the beginning and it only gets better and easier with time!! You will adjust to your new tool and it might take a lot of trial and error. Listen to your body!! Don’t give up or lose hope if you hit a stall or aren’t losing as fast as others. Weight is just a number but if the clothes are fitting looser, something is going right!! Be proud of how hard you have worked and how far you have come!! I am extremely proud of myself, my hard work, determination and my body. We all kick ass!! Fuck the judgmental people, the ones who said we couldn’t do it because we chose the “easy” way out. They don’t understand our struggle and they never will!!!