Dionne's Skin Removal/Lift Surgery After Extreme Weight Loss
Organized by: Dionne Gomez
After having lost close to 130 pounds, I am here to ask for your support in paying for my medical costs to get skin removed and lifted from my body. On Friday, July 17, 2015, I underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy also known as “weight loss” surgery (WLS). This came after much thought, time, research and discussion with my doctors expressing concerns for my health. I went in with the premise that the surgery would support me in my efforts to live a healthier lifestyle….a lifestyle that focuses on health, not on size. While the surgery is not the solution to my health, it is a tool that I have leveraged to get my life and health back on track. There seems to be a misconception that WLS means that those of who us get the surgery are "taking the easy way out." This is far from the truth. WLS is a lifelong commitment that requires much effort and discipline through eating right and exercise. To stay accountable, promote body positivity at all sizes, and get rid of the WLS stigma, I started a blog to track my progress: healthynotskinnyblog.wordpress.com. 130 pounds later, I have a large amount of excess skin and sagging on my abdomen and breasts. It took me a long time before I even considered talking about my sagging skin openly. I spent hours debating whether to share my story for others to see, posting the first sagging picture online along with my weight for the world to see is hard. It is the bittersweet part of my weight loss that I am extremely uncomfortable with and proud of at the same time. This is what hard work and dedication looks like. But this is also what brings rashes, pain and body discomfort to some. This is my reality. While I believe the sagging skin is symbolic of the progress I have made this past year, I believe removing the skin will improve my standard of living. I hope you will consider donating to my medical costs.
Note: I am raising funds to get the following particular procedure done: anchor breast lift with abdominoplasty (skin removal and a lift to the breast and abdomen).