Surgery Day


I’m up watching the sun rise on this, the last day of my old life and the first day of my new life.  Today I am having weight loss surgery.  Not something to be taken lightly, and trust me, I am not.

As I sit here, drinking my Gatorade in preparation for the day, I am both excited and nervous.  This is big stuff.  I am letting a surgeon take out my stomach and reroute my intestines and I’m doing so electively.  Writing those words sounds crazy.  But I know why I am here, and I am confident in my decision.

I have had a lot of time to think over the last few months.  I have enjoyed foods along the way.  I have filled cravings and thought about what it will be like to leave certain foods behind.  And I am ready.  Ready to have a new relationship with food and eating in general.  I am ready to be committed to a life of health.  Of a life with less headaches, puffiness, restriction.   A life where I can embrace activity.  Where I can say yes to the idea of a hike, out of the blue.  Where I won’t huff and puff along the way.  I.Am.Ready.

I understand my surgeon asks to pray with and for his patients before surgery.  That still brings tears to my eyes.  I am thankful I found Dr. Long.  Thankful that I am in his hands.  I pray that God’s hands are his hands today.  That things go smoothly and that I wake and rise as expected.  I pray my family is confident in Dr. Long and that the time goes quickly for them as they wait.  I can’t wait to hug them on them when I wake.

Bring on the new me.

One Reply to “Surgery Day”

  1. Loved reading this, Shay! Praying for you as now, you are in surgery. Knowing that the Great Physician has this covered and waiting with joy for you to wake up, heal and start a life of increased freedom and hope. See you soon, friend!


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