Photos: Deanna Ryan
A few days ago i posted a quote on my VSG based Instagram account (Carla_beneaththesurface) that truly resonated with me. "You're always one decision away from a totally different life".... yes, so true. In fact, today... more than ever, i feel such a connection to these few words. One year today i embarked on a life changing journey. One year, ago today, i made a decision to change my life and my health for the better... one year ago today, i had gastric sleeve surgery. This was not a decision i took lightly. In fact, it took me years to finally decide that this was what i needed to do to find myself again. I was scared, petrified really but as i was wheeled into the OR i uttered the words 'Jesus take the wheel'. At that moment, it was all in His hands. I felt a sudden calm... a whispering feeling that everything would be OK! Fast forward to today... wow! If I'd known what this journey would be like and how much it has impacted my life, i would have made this decision way sooner! For years i lived an 'out of body' experience. I didn't recognize the person staring back at me in the mirror and it left me feeling immensely sad. Now, i finally see me! Feeling like myself is the most liberating feeling in the world! You can read more of my story here or watch my VSG related videos on YouTube.
I'm beyond grateful that i made the decision to do this for myself.... and i couldn't let this day go by without acknowledging it. Thank you to all who've supported my journey! Your outpouring of love has fueled my desire to continue to push forward and succeed! If you are considering this surgery, I'm here to cheer you on! Cheers to a year of transformation and new beginnings! xo, Carla - FMM