March of '09 is when I realized that if I didn't make changes in my life I would probably end up diabetic with high blood pressure and possibly have a heart attack at some point. That is when I decided to look into weight loss surgery. November 16, 2009 I had gastric bypass performed by Dr. Michael Carroll. That was the beginning of my new life. Since the surgery my life has changed in so many ways! I feel so much more energized and love to workout, before I couldn't even walk a mile without wanting to collapse, but now I walk a mile and half during my 1/2 hour lunch break. I found a new love for shopping and I don't have to just stick to the plus size stores that cost a fortune. I can blow dry my hair without sweating and feeling like I need to take another shower. The minor things like getting off the couch, tying my shoes or even sitting in the sun, make such a difference. It was by far the best decision I have ever made. I would not think twice about doing it again.