I scheduled the surgery with Dr. Genaw for December 19, 2011. Out of all the various options for weight loss surgery, I chose the Roux En Y method because the research determined that this technique had the best results for type 2 diabetes. I knew that I was about to get the surgery when dLife featured the I Declare campaign in November, but I decided to share once the surgery was complete and when I was on the other side of it — whole.

Superstitious I suppose.

The surgery went well and I am doing absolutely wonderful! To date, I have lost 40 pounds with about 60 more to go. I was taken off insulin and most of my oral medications, and just had a three month follow-up with blood work. I have not received the results as of yet, but I am very curious about the A1C. I will keep you all posted. My primary care physician has suggested I take half of an oral medication because my numbers have been running about 140-169 after fasting for my morning readings. I am okay with taking the orals for now but my goal is to manage my type 2 diabetes through diet and exercise.

So here are the big questions...

Do I still have the disease? Yes. Has the surgery "cured" my disease? No. Has it helped me to lose weight, which has had a positive impact on my blood sugar numbers? Yes. Is the surgery for everyone? Probably not. Does the surgery have some risks and other negative side effects. Absolutely. Am I glad I did it? Positively yes!

I would suggest to readers that to have or not have the surgery is a choice you will have to make with your physician, your loved ones, yourself, and your creator. However, it's good to know that research is promising. I recognize that I am in the honeymoon phase of the surgery and that all is well because I am losing weight, and my numbers are lowering, but the surgery is just a tool to help. The rest will be up to me over the long term. I must continue to make better choices, exercise, and embrace good testing habits to make sure I stay on the right track.

Got it Sugar?


Read more of Kalimah Johnson's columns, Get it Together, Sugar, here.

dLife's Daily Living columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team to find out what will work best for you.


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