There is something magical about saying I have released 75 pounds. I have been glowing all day. It has been very hard at times, but I have done this.
To be honest, I have not done this alone. I have an amazing support network of friends and family who have been supporting me and encouraging me. I know that without them, I never could have done this.
One friend read that I was struggling. He came out at 5:30 in the morning and walked with me. I know that the walk was nothing for him. He is in great shape. But it meant everything to me. He got me moving again.
Today we saw each other on Zoom, and he and my other friends on the call said the kindest thing. They said that while the weight loss is amazing, I look happier and radiant. I have several friends on FB and IG that say the same. And I am happy.
I am genuinely happy. I feel good about myself. I like the face in my pictures. I am feeling healthier, and I don’t hurt nearly as much as I did. Tonight, I got onto the floor to find the Blistex that Hazel knocked off the table. And it didn’t hurt to stand up. It was easy. I can cook without pain. Do dishes. Make the bed.
One thing I am trying to do is to get off Diclofenac Sodium. It is an anti-inflammatory. I have been on it for years. I tried once before, and it hurt way too much. I am hoping that the combination of weight loss and Tremfya makes enough difference that I can. I am sure my liver would be happier.
So, I have found a part of me, the happy part of me. I know I have more to go. I also know that I will get there.