Links to the Associated Press Article & Video of Me

Friday, February 14, 2014

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.
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  • RHOOK20047
    Well after 4 long months of fighting the insurance companies, both of my insurance companies have approved my sleeve surgery. I have been most frustrated by the hoops I have had to jump through, and after paying for insurance for over 40 years of my life, and making very few claims, I was frustrated that when I needed it they didn't want to furnish it. Well, I will see what happens. Sorry for the cruel folks in this world. I have been called all the names in the book for obese people, and really began to feel like it. I finally had to tell myself, that I am worth it and will work to improve it.
    1887 days ago
    words hurt and cause more harm with their remarks then they could ever know . they make us feel less then and take away our personal feeling of self esteem .people can be mean spirited and hateful . now adays they seem to think they can put their own thoughts out to make the world see how smart they are . or shall i say . think they are smart but they lack compassion . so they are not worth the time you spend worrying about how badly they make you feel . my own mother was 4ft. 11. she was thin most of her life .did not have a weight problem . my father was always saying why arent you like your mom . well daddy i am not my mother i am me . i am fat . problay always will be . they are both gone now but i remain . I hope you gain all you want from life .
    1887 days ago
    Sorry that some idiots just have to act like.......IDIOTS as the one with that remark. Some like to get a rise by doing that sort of thing. Be the bigger person and just ignore the Idiot.....by the way, did I mention it was an idiotic remark??? Gosh, that remark upset me, I can only imagine what it did to you........anyway, I am that insurance companies need to re evaluate how things are done....but that is a hurdle for many. Good luck my friend
    1887 days ago
    Keep up your quest! It sounds like the insurance companies need to review things for sure! You are putting yourself out there and that takes courage - good for you!

    's Fitness Club, co-lead
    1889 days ago
    Ugh, internet trolls are the worst! I'm so proud of you for speaking up about an issue that affects many people. If insurance companies would just pony up and pay for surgery, then they could save millions each year on obesity-related healthcare costs.

    emoticon Love you, MJ!
    1891 days ago
    i'm glad we don't have those trolls here. losing weight and keeping it off is hard enough.
    1891 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I salute your courage in all things!
    1892 days ago
    Unfortunately, that crash into the Andes comment is still there .... I just read it :-(

    I think those who made negative comments, not only didn't read the full article or listen to it, but didn't take what the DID read, in. The photos and comments show that you have been very active - far more so than a lot of normal-weight people.

    Unfortunately in this life, there are always going to be rude, ignorant and crass people. Hold your head above that because you are worth far more than them!

    BIG hugs,
    Kris xxx
    1892 days ago
  • DEB62BIE62
    People are so rude. Thanks for sharing this, and hope that it helps raise awareness.
    1892 days ago
    Glad to hear that one comment was removed. I see the youtube troll community as one of the worst out there. :/

    I'm glad you did this MJ! I hope articles like this help!!
    1892 days ago
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