It was 2005. I weighed 328 pounds and was miserable. I had given birth to two children and managed to steadily gain weight from a high of 150 in high school to over 300 pounds by the end of my pregnancies. After my son was born in 2002, I vowed to lose weight. I tried every commercially-packaged product and weight-loss program I could find. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I was going to need a surgical intervention. After researching the various methods of surgical weight-loss, I happened to come across a group of people on Yahoo who had used a specific surgeon in Brazil to have a bileo-pancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch (BPD/DS). While this procedure is carried out in the United States, most bariatric surgeons avoid it due to higher rates of malabsorption. However, it has the best long-term results in terms of keeping off the weight once it is lost. I told my then-husband of my intentions to travel out of the country, and at first he thought I had lost my mind. However, our insurance did not cover the procedure, and it was affordable to pay in cash in another country. In the end, he chose to travel with me, and we both had the procedure on May 31, 2006 (his birthday). We spent two weeks in Curitiba, Brazil recovering. It has now been nearly 8 years, and I have maintained a 160 pound weight loss. I am happy that I now should have a long life ahead with my children,
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