Incredible Body Makeovers
After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Stacey decided to take control of her life. She started by having gastric bypass surgery and followed up with a steady exercise routine and a healthier diet. She's since lost more than 300 pounds!
Although the surgery and exercise helped immensely, Stacey says that she first needed to make the decision to reclaim her life. "People say, 'How long did it take you to lose 300 pounds?'" she says. "I go, 'My entire life.'"
"Now, when I go out, not only do people make eye contact, they just interact with me," she says. "It makes me feel unbelievable, but there are times when I do get a little angry. I think to myself, 'Why? Why did it take losing all this weight to have people interact with me?'"
"Even after the weight is gone, some of the skin loses its elasticity," explains Stacey's doctor, Dr. Mark Lidagoster. "Bodies bounce back better when they're younger, but at the point of weight gain where some of the formerly obese are, the body has stretched to such a degree that it's surpassed its ability to bounce back."
"Stacey, I am so proud of you. You're an inspiration for other people. So, you've lost four Paris Hiltons here! Really, it's a remarkable achievement. And now, your comedy can come out, your sense of drama can come out. I'm just absolutely thrilled."
As she continues to live in her "new" body, Stacey struggles to maintain a positive identity that reflects who she is now. "I never thought there could be anything harder than losing weight, but there is. And that is getting rid of that 500-pound voice in your head all the time."
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