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Ramona's Brutally Honest Dating Profile

I'm pretty sure some people misrepresent themselves on dating sites, so this is my attempt to give you "truth in advertising." Read more...

Surviving the Liquid Diet

Once you get your surgery date comes (cue the fanfare) the LIVER SHRINKAGE DIET Its designed to get your body ready for surgery and make RECOVERY FASTER. Read more...

Dancing (and Crying) with the Stars

Amber Riley is the only reason why I'm watching "Dancing with the Stars" this season. I fell in love with her on "Glee." Read more...

Scale Watching

Some might say its a bad habit I've developed in the first few months after my gastric bypass surgery at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

I weigh myself practically every day.  I'm usually pleasantly surprised at what I see.  The first 32 weeks after my surgery showed me constant progress toward my goal.  Frankly, I got spoiled by constantly seeing the numbers drop dramatically.  Five pounds lost in one week, seven the next.

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Dear Moms

Dear Moms,

I'm writing this from my mom's hospital room. I simply couldn't stand to be anywhere else right now.  Since her spine surgery on Sept. 19th I've spent about 20 hours a day right here.  With all the nurses, aides, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietary workers and case managers visiting her room around the clock, I haven't had much rest.  But that has given me time to think.  I'll have lots more time to think in the com Read more...

I Kicked a Demon in the Crotch

Study after study confirms what I've lived:  "Appearing in the journal Pediatrics, the study found an association of severity of sexual and physical abuse during childhood and adolescence with obesity during adulthood."  

The Centers for Disease Control has found that one in four girls and one in six boys have been sexually abused by the age of 18.  "National surveys indicate that more than a third of American women experienced some form o Read more...

Sherri's Ignorance Makes Me Angry

It started off okay.  I had the morning off from the Charlotte Today TV show so I decided to check out the competition, The View.  Chris Powell, the star of "Extreme Weight Loss" was sitting with the ladies.  They were supposed to be debunking weight loss myths, but the biggest myth… no make that a flat out LIE… was actually introduced by Sherri Shepherd.  What she said was so freaking IGNORANT, the network edited it out of this clip that was later Read more...

Tiny Tummies in Love

Because I've been so public with my weight loss struggles, I've been fortunate enough to meet people who open up to me about their history of obesity.  Last weekend 107.9 The Link took a group of listeners to Hilton Head.  We had a blast and I came face to face with a woman who had weight loss surgery several years ago.  She looks great and told me that she feels great.  When she started her health journey she was married.  She'd hoped to get pregnant once Read more...

Frustrating Email

Sometimes the 3rd party emails and Facebook messages I receive really frustrate me.  A mom I'll call Jean (not her real name) sent this message a few weeks ago:

 "I hope my daughter can be half as successful as you.  Her gastric bypass is coming up in a few weeks. I've tried to help her lose weight, but she loves hamburgers more than she loves herself.  She finds a way to sabotage every diet.  She needs to lose about 100 lbs, but if s Read more...


Just celebrated another birthday. Ask me how old I am and I'll warn you that I'll lie. Persist in asking and I'll admit I'm in my late 60's. Sure, its lie, but for 68 I look damn good! I spent my birthday weekend with family and friends... dinners, movies and crossing a monster truck rally off of my bucket list. Had a blast. Felt the love in the calls, texts, cards, gifts and messages I received. Color me thankful.

I started my actual birthday at church. I thanked God for the health he restored through my gastric bypass surgery at Catawba Valley Medical Center and I asked Him to be loud and obvious with me with His plans for my future. I've opened my heart and exposed my challenges in this blog and every encouraging message I've received about it has been a blessing. This message from Lynn was posted in late July:

"Well done -- am sharing with friends who organized a blog in Cleveland Ohio. I haven't had success w answers and availability by staff here so I rely on the Ohio blog (and your experiences) for answers to my questions. Four months out -- down 50 lbs. Yay us!"

Lynn and others like her have been the fuel that keeps me posting week after week. The questions, concerns and fears... The prayer requests, confessions and testimonies revealed in emails, phone calls and Facebook messages would leave you in tears if I shared them. I've learned that fat can contain disease and lots of pain. I know full well that some other folks aren't getting the spiritual and physical support I've received through family, friends and the folks at CVMC. That's why I feel its my duty to give back in some way.

So, on this day, the day that my mother ONCE AGAIN tells the story of how she was ripped from "stem to stern" giving birth to a nearly 10 pound baby, I ask:
What do you need from me? What do you want to know about the surgery and life beyond the operating room. You can send a private message on Facebook or email me at: Read more...