"You’re going to have ups. You’re going to have downs. You’re going to have bumps -- but at the end of it, there’s a bright light at the end of that tunnel. You will feel so much better, and you will love yourself more for it.”
Angelyta Trusty believes that she used her weight as a shield to keep others away, as a result of a childhood trauma. It was only after she was finally able to cope with her painful past, emotionally, that she was ready to deal with her lifelong physical issues as well.
Angelyta underwent gastric bypass in November 2012 at Saint Agnes, weighing 356 pounds at the time. She now weighs 195 pounds, on her way to her goal weight of 160 pounds.
Although she researched bariatric programs at other area hospitals, Angelyta was impressed with the follow-up care given to patients at Saint Agnes, in the form of nutrition classes, support groups, and other educational opportunities.
She found the staff and physicians at Saint Agnes were not only helpful, but honest and forthcoming about the challenges of the bariatric journey. They used clear, concise language rather than medical jargon, she says, and gave her the clear impression that, in her words, “they wanted to see me succeed.”
The surgery itself was less traumatic and painful than she had anticipated, and Angelyta was pleasantly surprised that she was walking the halls the same day. The rest of her physical recovery also went well.
In the support groups, which she describes as a “judgment-free zone,” Angelyta found many bariatric patients who were an inspiration to her as she undertook the difficult process of transforming her lifestyle. Now, she is proud to be an inspiration to others who are contemplating weight loss surgery.
“I’m not shy about telling people I had surgery,” she says. “But I will also tell them it’s not going to be the easiest road. You’re going to have ups. You’re going to have downs. You’re going to have bumps -- but at the end of it, there’s a bright light at the end of that tunnel. You will feel so much better, and you will love yourself more for it.”
Angelyta notices that a smile is never far from her face these days. “My spirit is light. Not just the weight, but everything,” she says. “I feel like I can float. I feel like I am on clouds.”