Decatur woman understands gastric bypass is tool, not solution

Gastric bypass surgery became a last resort after failed diets and health problems.
Gastric bypass surgery became a last resort after failed diets and health problems.

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Life now for Kim Stone is healthy and happy. But it wasn't always the case.

"I spent most of my life being larger than most of my friends," said the mother of two.

That caused her to be bullied and to develop a self-deprecating sense of humor.

A singer and musician, Kim was the life of the party, but overweight. "I didn't realize that I was 300 because I would not go to the doctor... I was afraid of getting on the scales because I did not want to know," said Stone.

Through the years she got married, had two children and got a degree. Dieting didn't work. Although surgery was an option, she kept backing out. She struggled with asthma, sleep apnea, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

She made up her mind to get it done for her family. "I wish you could run like other mommas because I could have fun with you, and I don't think you're having fun," said Kim, quoting her youngest daughter.

The gastric bypass was Aug. 16th, 2010.  Stone said the doctors have a team of specialists at your service. "You work with a nutritionist, you work with a nurse, and they're always on call constantly for you. And they're monitoring your health and you have to get a psych evaluation to make sure you know what to expect," she explained.

Kim didn't expect to be told her blood sugars were fine immediately. That was later followed by another surgery to get rid of 21 pounds of excess skin.

To be successful, she has to be committed. "You have to understand. This isn't the solution. It's just another tool," said Stone.

Kim is not only cooking healthier meals, she's eating healthier meals. She and her family are taking this crusade one step further. Kim is actually participating in exercise.

Walks have turned into runs, and she says life is good.

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