December 20, 2009

December 20, 2009
Me, after losing 53 pounds in 2.5 months.

June 3, 2010 (8 months after surgery)

June 3, 2010 (8 months after surgery)
Me, after losing 102 pounds.

January 2011, Zoë's 5th Birthday

January 2011, Zoë's 5th Birthday
Zoë's 5th Birthday, January 2011, 130 pounds lighter and feeling good!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Tonight, after I taught my Kindermusik class, I stopped in at Rockport United Methodist Church to see my old choir friends.  In case you are not up to speed, I was the Director of Music there for 15 years.  I lost my job last December, shortly after I had my Gastric Bypass Surgery.  I had always been bothered by how things happened.  The choir season always starts on the Wednesday that follows Labor Day.  3 weeks later, I left to have my surgery, which had been planned well in advance.  While I was recuperating, I was let go from my position.  I never saw the choir again, which really troubled me.  I had been wanting to pop in for a visit with the choir,  but something always held me back.  But tonight, I just had to go. 

It was a little strange pulling into the parking lot again after all this time.  I sat in the car for 10 minutes before I finally went in to the church.  I wanted to wait until the end of rehearsal, so as not to disrupt things.  While I was waiting in the hall, one of the children I had worked with saw me.  He did a double take and then said, "Where have you been?"  It was so sweet and innocent and sad at the same time.  We talked for a while, and when rehearsal ended, I popped my head into the room.

Everyone was surprised to see me.  It was so nice to finally get a chance to say goodbye in a proper way.  I kept my visit short-only 10 minutes.  And I left feeling good about the direction my life has taken.

The Doctors will tell you that your life will drastically change after GBS.  They are right.  Your body changes, your mind changes, and your life changes in ways you never even considered.  I believe God used my GBS as a sort of clean slate.  Now, as I look back over the last 13 months, it is beginning to make sense.  And I am happy to follow wherever He leads me.

One final note...I am currently down 125 pounds.  Seeing that in print just blows my mind!

Celebrating my birthday with my best friend, Karen.

Until next time,


  1. You are gorgeous! Of course, you know I've always felt that way.

    Aunt K