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By the time I reached my 40’s, I was single, childless and weighed a whopping 310 pounds. It was time to wake up and “smell the coffee”.
I had spent thirty years of my life battling my weight—from the time I was a young teenager, until I was 42 years old.
I needed to take my life and health in to my own hands, and make a change.
Yes, Facebook CAN change your life!
In October , 2007, I found an old high school friend on Facebook who had gone through the gastric bypass.
By watching her literally shrink before my eyes, I found the courage I needed to do the same thing.
So, in the summer of 2008, at 42 years old, I decided this was it.
I went through the whole process of doctor’s visits, being approved by my insurance, securing a surgery date, flying to Nevada to my bariatric surgeon’s clinic and, finally, surgery.
Afterwards, the weight came off quickly. Then, my life simply transformed—suddenly and dramatically—before my eyes.
Within six months of surgery, I found the man I would marry. But that was only the beginning.
In Spring of 2011, the bombshell struck
We got engaged on my birthday in September, 2010 and began busily making wedding plans for the following year in October.
But, in Spring, a bombshell dropped. One day in early April, my period was late and my breasts were sore. I had a tiny suspicion about being pregnant, but I quickly dismissed it.
For years I’d had inconsistent periods, and never gotten pregnant.
“There is no way on God’s green earth that I am pregnant at 45 years old,” I thought to myself.
Finally, after three positive pregnancy tests, I called my doctor, took in a urine sample, did the blood work, and it was confirmed.
I was seven weeks pregnant—and scared skinny!
Until then, I had given up hope on ever having my own child, instead resigning myself to being perfectly happy as “the favorite Aunt”.
Do fertility statistics really mean anything?
How was this possible? My doctor advised that, by losing the excess weight, my body found it’s natural rhythm again and (obviously) I still had some good eggs left.
I was surprised to learn, at my age, the chances of actually conceiving were around, or less than, 5%.
Yet, articles on fertility and weight loss revealed that losing even a small amount of weight, such as 5%, can significantly increase your chances of conceiving.
And now, life is complete.
I was once content with the thought that I would never be a mother. Now, I have a beautiful 6-pound baby girl, Victoria Kathleen. She is my life.
Notes for this blog:
Sharyl King-Vandendries is a member of the A Child After 40 online community. If you are 38 or older, trying to conceive–or having already gotten pregnant or given birth–and would like to join, click here.
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