The BBB is Live!

July 24, 2003: Well, we’ve finally done it. We’ve (several post-ops) gotten together the beginnings of a web page for people interested in going to Spain to have surgery with Dr. Baltasar. It’s still in the works – but if you want to peek, you can find it at – I hope it is helpful to people!I’ll update more later.

Please feel free to email if you have questions!

1 Year Post-Op

July 2, 2003 – 1 Year post-op Photos

July 10, 2003: Wow – I’m a year post-op now – a year and 8 days, actually. Time has flown like crazy! Below is the update I sent out to friends on July 2nd:

One year ago today, I was 38 years old – with very little hope of seeing much, if any, of 39. If you’ve known me any length of time at all, you’re probably tired of hearing it – I’m sorry – but I’ve got to say it again. It still blows me away. It still amazes me. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about the amazing things that have happened in the last year of my life.

One year ago today I was more than ill – I was dying. I weighed 365 lbs at 5 foot 3.75 inches tall – with a BMI of 64. The co-morbidities that I struggled with daily: out of control diabetes, stroke level hypertension, incredibly debilitating sleep apnea, daily acid reflux, I was in a wheelchair, I was in horrible pain around the clock.

Today…Today is a great day. In fact, it’s an awesome day. Not just because it’s my 1 year anniversary. But just because life is so good.

Today I’m 39 years old. I’m going to be 40 this year – I look forward to it – and I have every hope of not only seeing it – but also enjoying it and each year that follows!

Today I weigh 188 lbs at 5 foot 3.75 inches tall – with a BMI of 33.3I don’t have diabetes, or sleep apnea, or acid reflux any more. No more wheelchair or chronic pain. Yes, a little teensy bit of hypertension – which is very well managed with 1 med daily.A year ago for breakfast I had the famed Spanish toast with butter and a glass of that lovely fresh squeezed orange juice.

Today for breakfast I had a turkey sandwich and a Twix bar – to be honest, the Twix bar was the funner part of the meal.A year ago I didn’t quite understand or believe that the DS – or anything – could work for me. I didn’t believe that I was not having my last meal of my favorite foods – most of which were absolute taboo.

Today the best way I can say it is like this: food is fun! I just love it! It’s the first time in my life that I’ve felt this incredible freedom to just enjoy eating.

A year ago I would never have believed that I’d weigh 177 lbs less than I did at that moment.

A year ago I would never have believed that I’d be able to run up and down a flight of stairs – like 50 times a day!

A year ago I would never have believed that I’d be able to out walk my kids.

A year ago I would never have believed that I’d sleep every night – all night long – totally uninterrupted.

A year ago I would never have believed that I’d be planning a weeklong camping trip at the beach…

What’s my life like today compared to a year ago?


I often wonder – “Why have You counted me worthy to be so blessed, God? I’ve done nothing to deserve it!” (Much like the Grace He’s fully and freely given!) Yet, He still continues to bless.

I’ve got the world’s coolest husband – he’s my best friend, the first person I think of to share a laugh with, an incredible lover, and the kindred of my soul.

I’ve got two pretty cool kids, too. They’re fun, intelligent, a total riot to watch in action and be with. No options for a boring life with them around!

And God has freely given me forgiveness, blessed me abundantly with grace, mercy, and richer than anything else – His closeness.

How could I not stop and write a long sappy post about my 1-year anniversary with all of that to be thankful for?