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I've decided to be completely up front about what I'm dealing with. I'm morbidly obese, I am HIV+, I have lyphedema, lipoedema, sleep apnea, somewhat high blood pressure and I'm borderline diabetic.

The picture at the left is me at my sons wedding in August of 2009.

A year and a half before this  I was at my highest weight which was 585.  I checked myself into a nursing home for some extreme physical therapy and nutrition support.  By the time I left the nursing home I'd lost almost 185 lbs.

Since the wedding, I've had a breast reduction and have lost about 50 lbs...the picture on the right is me now....please don't look at the goofy expression on my face! lol.

Me weight was 427.1 when I was at the surgeon's office for my pre-surgery appointment the other day. I'm not sure of my measurements, but will get those later.

As  you can see I've already come a long way in this journey... now is the next phase.  I'm trying to prepare for this surgery, but I'm not sure anyone really can.  I can figure out what I can and can't eat afterwards, but I know there are going to be some pretty big emotional hurdles to go through yet.  I'm amazed that by the time I turn 51 in March I could be down 100lbs....the is mind blowing to me.

If any of you have had this surgery...please let me know...

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Every year we lose more people to AIDS. It hasn't disappeared and it's not going away anytime soon. I urge you to seek out and support your local AIDS Organizations. Encourage everyone you know to practice safe sex and to get tested once a year. Even if you don't think you are at risk, get tested. I didn't think I was at risk either, and I almost died before I was diagnosed.


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