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This fundraiser ended on 12/31/11

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Please help give Dana the reward she deserves for losing over 200 lbs! Donations go toward excess skin removal surgery for her.

Dana's story:
Weight has always been an issue in my life from my early childhood years, while I was just fine back then I was always trying to live up to everyone else’s standards. As a result of the many years of being told I couldn’t eat things and needed to diet food quickly became a secret comfort in my life. After getting married at age 23 it seemed to only get worse as my eating habits were poor and I was getting little to no physical activity. I topped the scales at 430 pounds with severely high cholesterol, off the chart triglycerides, swollen feet, borderline high blood pressure and sleep apnea I was terrified something was going to happen to me. I had tried every diet, I mean you name it, I tried it with no long term or significant success. I decided to have gastric bypass in 2005 and it took me over two years to get through the insurance process for approval. My husband left me in March of 2007 which turned my life upside down but I was determined that there was a better life out there for me. Not long after he left I submitted another request for the surgery and this time it was approved. Nov 12 2007 was my surgery day and it was a special birthday present for me just two days after I turned 33. I have been blessed with success beyond my wildest dreams and do not have any side effects or complications due to my gastric bypass. I have been able to lose over 200 pounds and feel like a whole new person. Recently I have turned to a raw food vegan diet and continue to put my health as a main priority in my life. After being obese for so many years my body will not return to the condition it was in before. I saw a surgeon who says he can cut off 20 pounds of excess hanging skin from my stomach. I would like to have a couple surgical procedures done to remove the extra skin left over from a life which seems so long ago. I am ready to move forward to complete my transformation and reach my ultimate goal. I can’t wait to meet someone special and have a family someday. I am struggling financially, now supporting myself and my two dogs with my income alone, and cannot afford the surgery.
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