Identical again, how twins and surgery changed my life in every way possible. I have spent the past five years as a full time volunteer for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America http://www.wlsfa.org and they have been the best years of my life! In 2009 I had weight loss surgery to save my life. I was tethered to an oxygen machine and told that there was no way out of that situation. I found a way out. I had weight loss surgery and lost over a hundred pounds. I regained my health and connected to many people via YouTube that were going through a similar journey. I discovered that many people die trying to get weight loss surgery and that I was fortunate to have insurance that covered it. I met a woman named Rosemary Almgren on YouTube she had the same surgery as I. She went form 447 pounds to 140 pounds, She is an identical twin Her sister Connie though fully insured had been denied weight loss surgery for over ten years! Connie was house bound at 347 pounds on her petite 5 foot frame. Connie was just surviving while Rosemary was thriving. The vision of these twins no longer identical and leading lives driven apart broke my heart. I had to help Connie and others get surgery. I started the WLSFA.ORG a 501(c)3 charity to raise money to give away in the form of grants to pay for weight loss surgery. Today we have raised just over a half a million dollars and funded eighteen surgeries for people in need. Our motto is 'Save lives one grant at a time' and we are and will continue to do so until all insured Americans have coverage for the medical treatment of morbid obesity.
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