Monday, June 25, 2012

the sound of settling

There’s nothing really spectacular about Monday, June 25, 2012. But for some reason, I feel like I need to have a rebirth of sorts. It’s time to reinvigorate myself. Creativity must pour forth before it gets lost and can’t find its way out to you, the unsuspecting public.

So let’s do this. I’m taking on the challenge of creating something new every day, whether it be on this forum, Facebook, Twitter or some other place in the webosphere (is that a word? No? Well it is now…). My thoughts are going to be written for the world to see. Whether liked or not. I hope you’re ready.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

beautiful day

a little over a year ago, i was at one of the worst points in my life.  although i had a loving wife, two beautiful children and a good job, i was miserable.  i weighed a little over 400 pounds and my health was spiraling out of control.  i didn't know what to do.

most of you know what happened next.  i had gastric surgery and it changed my life.  fast forward to today...i've lost over 100 pounds and i feel like i've gotten my life back.  this post isn't meant to inspire or anything like that.  but it's an anniversary i'm blessed to be able to celebrate.  a year ago, i wasn't sure if i would make it another year.  high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes were just some of the things working against me.

now, i'm off of the medication i was taking for all of those ailments.  i have more energy than i've had in the past 10 years.  i have a renewed outlook on life.  most of all, i'm alive.  and for that, i'm eternally grateful.

Friday, February 17, 2012


in november 2008, things were good. i had just started a new job and had a new baby girl that lit up my life. it was also when i really noticed my health was spiraling out of control.

as part of my job application, i had to get a physical. during the physical they took blood and when the results came back, they determined i had type 2 diabetes. my world was rocked. i didn't know what to do. looking back, i think i knew something was wrong but i never wanted to admit it.

fast forward to january 2011 and things hadn't really changed. except one morning i woke up and had some chest pain. being obese, when those things happened, i always thought in the back of my mind that a heart attack was looming. it scared the hell out of me thinking about the prospect of dying at 32, leaving behind a wife and 2 young children who deserved their father doing all he could to make sure he stayed around for them.

i made the decision to take drastic measures. i had gastric surgery in april 2011 and i have never looked back. some may view it as the easy way out, but i choose to view it as my last resort. until you've lived my life, you'll never know how it felt to be scared every day. yes, i got myself into that situation. but i also recognized i couldn't get myself out without help.

so here we are today. i'm down to the weight i was in 1996 with more to go. i'm thankful every day to be alive. i'm thankful for the friends and family that have supported me through everything. i'm thankful to the doctors and support staff who used the expertise to change my life. i'm thankful to God for life.

here are some pictures showing the journey...

Before surgery...

November 2008

March 2010

December 2009
After Surgery...

April 2011
August 2011
February 2012