Friday, May 8, 2009

Back in NYC

Well, here I am back in NYC after being in Baltimore for the launch of the Our Resolution campaign. It was truly exciting!

On Tuesday, May 5th, I spoke to an audience of 50 potential patients considering bariatric surgery, their friends and family, area hospitals and some members of the medical community. I got the chance to stand in front of them and tell my story, and what a surprise it was to me that, after the surgery, my Type 2 Diabetes was completely resolved. It happened so fast that I was very shocked and happy.

I spoke with them about the issues I have faced over the years being obese, and from the stage I could see their heads bobbing up and down as I was talking – they reminded me of those bobble heads that you see in cars! Later they told me it was like I was telling their own personal stories.

I was also lucky enough to get a very unusual opportunity: the next morning I spoke to a room filled with representatives from the medical community. At first I felt very nervous; I mean, after all, these were the doctors we usually see in white coats! I had the chance to tell the story from the patient’s point of view and share with them what the medical community could do to make an obese patient’s life easier. I told them how important they were to me and how much I appreciated their work, but also told them about the prejudice I have experienced over the years in hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms.

The medical community seemed very eager to hear my story, and I hope after this whole event, everyone from PCPs to diabetes experts and surgeons, and even insurance providers realize that bariatric surgery is an option for resolving Type 2 Diabetes. Finding this out is groundbreaking!

I also got to do lunch with the girls while in Baltimore, which is known for its delicious crabs. Let me tell you, I had quite an epiphany – something I should have always known, but eating out for me is very different now. It used to be solely about the food, and now it’s about the socializing. One woman asked me where I wanted to eat, and I said, “I don’t care” – and I truly meant it. We all know that anywhere you eat, you can have a healthy meal if you want it. So I had the crab – just not in mounds of melted better – atop a fantastic salad and was very satisfied.

I look forward to blogging about future events with Our Resolution and hey, maybe even meeting you in person one day!

Stayed tuned for my future adventures,

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Learn about Bariatric Surgery & Resolving Type 2 Diabetes
Stacey will share her experiences and answer your questions about bariatric surgery, life without diabetes and her book, "Winning After Losing."

May 5, 2009
Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, Loch Raven Room
Baltimore, MD
Information Seminar
Q & A Session
Book Signing

RSVP or 1-800-680-6190

Presented in partnership with Covidien

Click here to download the flyer