Matt Perrone of the Associated Press did a print article about how hard it is for obese people with health insurance to get covered and approved for bariatric surgery. I was featured in both his written article and in the video report done by Cindy Sharp, also of the Associated Press.
I was pretty shocked at the ugly comments the video received on youtube.com, even though the report mentioned how active I had been and how I had watched my nutrition intake. One comment even suggested I crash a plane in the Andes to lose weight - Not sure he was suggesting I would starve or that cannibalizing other crash victims would result in massive weight loss. Either way, it was rude, as was the suggestion that I get off my fat a$$ and move.
Here is the link to the printed article and pics of me at my daughter's house with my grandbabies: www.seattlepi.com/news/m
Here is the link to the video interview (I just discovered the "crashing into the Andes" comment has been removed, yay!) : www.youtube.com/watch?v=
And here is the link to another article about me on the Examiner site: www.examiner.com/article
In the Examiner report there is a link to the fundraiser my daughter started to raise money for my surgery, but I'm not posting that link here as I don't want anyone reporting me for soliciting on sparkpeople. There is also a facebook page for the fundraiser that I also won't list a link for but can be found from the fundraiser page, which again, I am not listing the link for here.
I am adhering to SparkPeople Community Guidelines which state, in part: No links that solicit for donations (this includes charity events), contest votes, advertise a product, survey responses or promotion of a direct competitor's website are allowed in the Community. The entire list of rules is at: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
I will not risk being reported again as I was before when I listed links to the fundraiser, not realizing I was violating any rules. Live and learn and move on, right?
My hope is that these articles will in some tiny part help to build awareness and get the insurance companies to change their backward thinking regarding weight loss surgery when all other attempts at becoming healthier have failed. Even if it turns out to be too late for me, if it helps someone else who is struggling with this, it is so worth folks looking at me with disdain (as some do) and having to endure a few terribly rude and inappropriate comments.
Never give up, folks. Never give in. As always, I do love you all.