Help Carrie Pay for Skin Surgery
Organized by: Carrie Layte
The Next Step
February 21, 2016
After Carrie, a horse trainer and nail technician/esthetician, lost over 120 pounds the hard way (through rigorous diet and exercise), she recently found out that her insurance will not pay for the surgery to remove a large amount of excess skin. Not only is the loose skin a problem aesthetically, it’s also painful and dangerous because it’s very thin and tears easily. This means she has to wear compression clothing to keep the skin in place. If she had, had surgery to lose the weight then her insurance would have paid for the skin removal. Despite many attempts to reason with her insurance company, Carrie realized she will have to pay for the $20,000 procedure on her own. She believes she can manage half of the cost despite having to take time off of work after the procedure (scheduled for October 9th), but she’s hoping to receive help for the remaining $10,000. Carrie beat many odds to lose the weight: growing up her mother was morbidly obese and so were all of the women on both sides of her family—her eating habits were poor to say the least. And then, when she was just 22 years old, her mother died unexpectedly of alcoholism and Carrie retreated, hiding inside her 300+ pound body. But then an opportunity came along that she couldn’t turn down: a chance to become a professional riding instructor and horse trainer and compete in national horse riding competitions. The problem was she couldn’t imagine riding a horse weighing as much as she did, she worried about embarrassing her students and straining the horses. So she became very determined; joining a gym was the first step and eventually she was running half marathons. “A year later I was down 100 lbs and I had my first professional win and those pictures spoke volumes. I had finally reached a point where I was healthy and happy and knew that my mom was celebrating somewhere up there. But with the massive weight loss came some new issues. There was skin....omg there was skin. I thought that losing 117 lbs would make me light and trim. Light yes, trim no. I have skin hanging from my arms my legs and mostly my hips and tummy. The more I work out the smaller my legs and arms get, but that body skin gets looser, thinner and far more sensitive. As I work out the skin stretches and tears so I have been bound in compression clothing ever since,” Carrie says. Carrie would love to be able to live her life unencumbered, make her students and herself proud in national horse riding competitions and keep the weight off for life. If you’d like to help, Carrie would appreciate it from the bottom of her heart.