Kayla wants to lose weight

Kayla wants to lose weight

From Kayla Parish

I’m ready for a change and would love you’re help. I’ve been struggling with my weight for many years now have been on every diet imaginable. I’m now having trouble breathing. I would love to get this surgery to live!

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Hi, my name is Kayla and I'm here hoping that you can help me.  My entire life I've been 10-20 lbs overweight. Because I played sports people often felt it was acceptable to talk about my weight with me and told me how much better I'd be if I lost weight. This start my unhealthy mindset about weight.  It instilled in me that I can only be good enough if I don't weight too much.  

When I stopped playing sports in college I gained a ton of weight really quickly.  I was lost at the time and not sure what my path was.  I was so sure that it was sports, but after a major car accident I was unable to play a very important year. So I had to start over.  At the time I was motivated to lose weight, and I did! I lost 40 lbs and looked and felt great again.  

But all too soon the weight came back on. It became a yo-yo for me for many years.  I would diet and lose weight then stop dieting and gain it all back plus some extra.  The dieting became fewer and further between because it was so disappointing to keep gaining weight.  I felt hopeless.  

And why couldn't I stay the same you may ask? I have an extremely unhealthy relationship with food.  It has become what I do when I'm happy, sad, mad, tired, and bored.  My mom passed away, I got married and divorced in a very short time and I kept moving jobs.  I was depressed and anxious and found comfort in food. 

Fast forward to my 30's.  They always say it's harder to lose weight in your 30s.  But I truly did not realize how much so.  It has gotten to the point where I will diet and not lose anything or even possibly gain! It's so discouraging.  I have horrible leg and back pain and get migraines often.  I recently realized that I've been experiencing shortness of breath as well due to being overweight.  It's scary.  I don't want to end up like those 600 lb people that are bedridden.  

I decided that I was going to take the next step in helping myself and seeing a consultation for weight loss surgery.  I knew it was expensive but I have health insurance and figured it would be covered considering the health conditions.  I even asked prior to the consult if the company took my health insurance to which they assured me they did.  

So I take my consult.... The doctor is so amazing.  I don't know if any of you have ever felt this way, but I always feel as if my doctor is judging me.  In a doctor's office I also feel rushed and like I'm just a number.  When I talked with Doctor Bleu though, I felt so appreciated and understood.  He made me feel so comfortable and really talked things through with me.  He let me know that what I was going through was normal and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  

I was elated and through the moon about the possibility of a new and brighter future when I received an email from the financial coordinator. She let me know that my insurance (Through the State of Texas) is one of the most restrictive insurance policies and often comes with bad news.  My bad news?... I had to work for my company for five years, to then have an additional five years of documented morbid obese BMI, then take a 1 year nutrition program to ensure there wasn't any other way.  After all that, they only cover a portion, which is approximately half.  

I was crushed.  It's so frustrating when you feel and see a light at the end of the tunnel of your main struggle only to have the walls cave-in. It's also so disheartening that I have insurance and still can't be helped.  That's when I thought maybe random strangers may have enough kindness in their hearts to help me get to a better place.  

Thank you so much for reading my story.  Any donation would be so appreciated.  I also appreciate any support with thoughts and prayers.  

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