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Year of abdominal pain -- Hydrogen Breath Testing

Update -

Mr took me into Boston today for the Hydrogen Breath testing.  I thought I took to be there super-early, turns out I waited in the wrong part of the GI unit for an hour before realizing it. 

I had to drink a lactulose solution, and puffed into a bag with a syringe on it.  My air was injected into a super cool gas analyzer machine and that's that.

I think I passed -- or I failed?  I watched the numbers of the machine during each breath sample collection and I saw an increase in the numbers, however the tech said that she didn't see "much change."   So, bacteria may not be my problem.  Interestingly, the drink triggered more pain.  Thanks!  I don't DO 'OSES for that reason.

322513_284005378310544_105130816198002_837133_1095045421_oSmall Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth Syndrome (SBBOS) or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) - the patient is either given a challenge dose of glucose, also known as dextrose (75-100 grams), or lactulose (10 grams). A baseline breath sample is collected, and then additional samples are collected at 15 minute or 20 minute intervals for 3–5 hours. Positive diagnosis for a lactulose SIBO breath test - typically positive if the patient produces approximately 20 ppm of hydrogen and/or methane within the first two hours (indicates bacteria in the small intestine), followed by a much larger peak (colonic response). This is also known as a biphasic pattern. Lactulose is not absorbed by the digestive system and can help determine distal end bacterial overgrowth, which means the bacteria are lower in the small intestine. Positive diagnosis for a glucose SIBO breath test - glucose is absorbed by the digestive system so studies have shown it to be harder to diagnose distal end bacterial overgrowth since the glucose typically doesn't reach the colon before being absorbed. An increase of approximately 12 ppm or more in hydrogen and/or methane during the breath test could conclude bacterial overgrowth. Recent study indicates "The role of testing for SIBO in individuals with suspected IBS remains unclear." [2]

The excess hydrogen or methane is assumed to be typically caused by an overgrowth of otherwise normal intestinal bacteria.

Tomorrow is marked with the most exciting of several tests in an attempt to narrow down my year of abdominal pain. This test could show the presence of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth -- which is somewhat common in those who've got lower gut issues and also in those who have had gastric bypass or who have had abdominal surgeries.

Bascially -- I breathe into a bag every so many minutes for a few hours.  The samples are collected and tested for the presence of excess gases.  'urp. Reading about these tests, and watching test videos and the excessive use of the word METHANE only brings to mind ... cows.


If I get a positive result on this test -- I am starting a post bariatric energy company.  <sarcasm intended> There are far too many of us with broken guts who could probably power up our own houses with malabsorptive misfirings.

Hydrogen Breath Testing

The hydrogen breath test is used to identify lactose or fructose intolerance, or an abnormal growth of bacteria in the intestine. It is used to diagnose a lactose or fructose intolerance, which is the inability of the body to digest and or absorb lactose, the sugar found in dairy or fructose, the sugar found in a number of foods (fruit, vegetables, soda, etc.). Hydrogen breath testing can also be used to diagnose intestinal bacterial overgrowth. A breath sample will be collected and tested for the presence of hydrogen. To obtain the sample, you will be asked to blow up a balloon-type bag. Normally, very little hydrogen is detected in the breath. You will then be given a lactose, fructose, or lactulose solution to drink. Breath samples are collected every 15 minutes for 2 hours to detect any increase in hydrogen in the breath as the solution is digested. Increased hydrogen breath levels indicate improper digestion. The testing procedure lasts about 3 hours.

Super-fun, but likely the easiest of the tests because nothing goes inside me.  See? 

Next, is the capsule endoscopy. Then, the colonscopy for the holiday. 

Dear Santa, I thought I'd been good...

Crusted Prime Rib + Horseradish Sauce (Mimi MM, please to make this for me?)

WANT.  NOW.  Massage your meat and send it over.  Okay.  I'll do it.  At some point.

Recipe via Tyler Florence on the Food Network -


  • 1 bone in prime rib beef roast, 3 ribs, about 6 pounds
  • 5 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh or prepared horseradish
  • Leaves from 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Leaves from 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups canned chicken or beef broth


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Lay the beef in a large roasting pan with the bone side down. (The ribs act as a natural roasting rack.) In a small bowl mash together the garlic, horseradish, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil to make a paste.

Massage the paste generously over the entire roast.

Put the pan in the oven and roast the beef until the internal temperature of the meat registers 125 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer (medium-rare), 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove the beef to a carving board and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Pour off some of the pan drippings and place pan on stove top over medium-high heat.

Add the white wine and bring to a simmer, scraping the bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce the wine by half. Whisk in the flour, then add the broth and continue to cook, whisking until sauce thickens into a gravy, about 10 minutes.

OR -- instead of using the dripping gravy -- or alongside -- try this!

Horseradish Sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 cups 0% Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper

        Mix and refridgerate.

Obesity is a disease - not a choice billboard incites the drama llama

I'm placing my no longer obese arse firmly on the fence for a moment.


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Chicago Sun-Times --

"A Northwest Indiana hospital that erected billboards with the message “Obesity is a disease. Not a decision” is facing a backlash from people offended by the signs’ suggestion that obesity isn’t a lifestyle choice.

The staff for St. Mary Medical Center’s Healthy 4 Life weight-loss program expected that some people would disagree with the signs that started going up in July in Lake and Porter counties.

But director of bariatric services Lorri Field said no one expected the angry phone calls or emails from people saying they were offended by the signs’ message about obesity’s root cause.

“I didn’t expect such an ugly debate. It’s almost like an ugly tone,” she said.

The billboards are part of Healthy 4 Life’s marketing campaign for the Hobart hospital’s weight-loss programs. They feature the image of a scale in addition to the “Obesity is a disease” message.

Winfield resident September Vawter lashed out at the weight-loss program’s message in an email she sent to the hospital. She feels strongly that obesity is the result of lifestyle choices.

“There is no disease that causes your body to drive to McDonald’s to go get some fries. There is no disease that makes your hands unwrap a candy bar. It’s all habits,” her email said."

Read the article here.  Please to share your thoughts in the comments.

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"Dear OAC Member -


A teacher in Utah is told that if she doesn’t have weight-loss surgery she will die, yet her insurance won’t cover her surgery. A hospital patient is wheeled to be weighed while the staff members laugh at her and insult her. Someone in Jacksonville, Fla. is humiliated when she sees a huge billboard that likens her to a whale. An individual goes to see his doctor who tells him that to lose weight all he has to do is diet and exercise, while a medication that would increase his weight-loss by 15 percent has been denied by the FDA.


The Obesity Action Coalition has taken these issues head-on and continues to fight for the rights of the individual affected by obesity everyday. But we cannot do it alone. We need your financial support to help insure that these scenarios don’t happen again.


I’m not asking for your support as OAC Chairman of the Board, but as a fellow member and fellow patient. I have seen first-hand how the OAC has touched so many lives. From talking to individuals directly affected, to meeting with elected officials and seeing the “light bulb” go off when you educate them on the importance of treatment; it’s obvious to me how much the OAC has done for so many people, and in just a short amount of time.


The reality is that in order to continue our initiatives, we need the financial support from members like YOU. Please consider the OAC in your year-end giving by making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation will directly help us produce free education to the millions who need it and insure that your voice is heard in Washington, DC. I’ve made my year-end donation, now it’s up to YOU!"






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OAC Chairman of the Board, Fellow Patient and Member Since 2005

Are you still beating yourself up? Self-Compassion...

Screen Shot 2011-11-29 at 7.24.19 AMThanksgiving was nearly a week ago, and I'd bet that some of you are still concerned with your behavior on THAT DAY. 

"I can't believe I..."

Stop. it.

Are you holding grudges against yourself?  Are you hating on your own choices on that day --- and the days following?  How do you manage a full "holiday season" of temptations?

What about learning be be a little kinder to yourself -- do you think that would help? 

(MM is NODDING YES, BECAUSE, YES!  Because... yes.)  And, in our weight loss surgery community, THERE IS A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT OF SELF-LOATHING in regards to choices one makes.

I am bad in a whole lot of people's eyes in our community, for a variety of reasons and also because:  I have a logo that contains THE INSINUATION OF A CUPCAKE, y'all.  Food is not bad.  People are not bad.  It's all choices and how you handle situations.  /end rant

Take this quiz from Jean Fain, that I found on HuffPo this morning:

The Self-Compassionate Eating Quiz

This quiz measures your current state of self-compassion by helping you assess your mental, emotional, and physical reaction to diet, weight, and body image. When you can find a quiet moment away from distractions, take a pen or pencil and sit down to reflect on how compassionate you are toward yourself.

Check eight statements that come closest to reflecting your general experience. That is, they should reflect how you most often feel in the situation described.

___ 1. When I eat something "bad," like a donut, I can't stop thinking about how I've blown it.
___ 2. After an indulgent weekend, I trust myself to rein in my eating.
___ 3. I often feel alone with my eating issues, but I know I'm not.
___ 4. When I eat junk food, I try not to beat myself up too much.
___ 5. I may feel uncomfortable if I'm bloated or a few pounds heavier, but it doesn't stop me from enjoying social activities.
___ 6. I might never love my body, but I know I'd like it better 10 pounds lighter.
___ 7. No one struggles with eating like I do.
___ 8. I don't trust myself to eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full, but I'd like to learn.
___ 9. I can get down on myself when I'm bloated or a few pounds heavier, but I'll still go out in baggy clothes.
___ 10. Paying attention to my hunger makes me want to eat, so I try to ignore it.
___ 11. I'm always interested in what my body has to say about hunger and fullness.
___ 12. If I lose one to two pounds per week, I'll never reach my goal weight.
___ 13. I'd like to jumpstart my weight loss with a crash diet and then eat healthfully.
___ 14. I didn't stick to my eating plan the whole weekend; all my weight-loss efforts are for nothing.
___ 15. When I eat something less than healthful, I try to savor it all the same.
___ 16. I really indulged myself over the weekend; I'm afraid to step on the scale.
___ 17. When I feel bloated or especially fat, I won't leave the house.
___ 18. After overeating, I feel like punishing myself, but I know restricting and purging only make me feel worse.
___ 19. Overeating is a signal to care for myself more, not less.
___ 20. After I overeat, self-punishment (restricting food intake and/or purging, vomiting, or over-exercising) is the only thing that makes me feel better.
___ 21. My weight takes care of itself when I feed myself delicious, nutritious food.
___ 22. When I'm overweight, I feel gross; I hate my body.
___ 23. Everybody overeats and feels stuffed on occasion.
___ 24. I love and respect my body.

Scoring Sheet

Give yourself 1 point per statement for checking any of the following:
1, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22.
Subtotal: _______

Give yourself 2 points per statement for checking any of the following:
3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16, 18.
Subtotal: _______

Give yourself 3 points per statement for checking any of the following:
2, 5, 11, 15, 19, 21, 23, 24.
Subtotal: _______

Total Score: _____ Date: _____ / _____ / _____

Your Score and What to Make Of It

When it comes to self-compassion, 0-8 means you're sorely lacking, and you seriously need to go easier on yourself; 9-16, you've got some, but you could use some more; 17-24, you've got way more than the average American dieter, so you're in good shape. However, you can never have too much self-compassion.

Even if you're already pretty kind to yourself, know that even a slight increase in self-compassion can brighten your worldview, give you more emotional balance, help you get a handle on your eating and facilitate sustainable weight loss. (That is, if you are trying to lose weight.)


I think... I am...

Gratitude.  Sounds simple.  Are you grateful? 

grat·i·tude - [grat-i-tood, -tyood]  noun the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

Grateful people are suggested to have happier -- less stressed out -- less depressed overall -- and more satisfied lives.  If you are grateful it's said that you gain self-acceptance, purpose, direction and know your goals in life.  People who are consistently grateful learn how to cope better with every day realities -- and spend less time brooding and being miserable. 

Perhaps being more grateful would help a person cope with every day problems without resorting to denial or the attempt to cover up problems with addictive behaviors:  alcohol, drugs, and yes, I'll say it -- food.  "I numbed my pain at the expense of my liver." Miranda Lambert, who also says... "Hide your crazy and start acting like a lady..." in the song "Break Mama's Heart."

If you can't be happy, how can you be grateful; if you can't be grateful, how can you be happy?

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Celebrate Vitamins Likes To Cyber Too!


Cyber Monday code for Celebrate Vitamins -- enjoy it because this hardly ever happens!

  • Today through Wednesday, FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $25.
  • Code is "SHIP25"
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Some of my favorites --

60 Minutes - Tweaking tastes and creating cravings

This is absolutely RIVETING to me. I know, I know, you are either horrified, disgusted or angry.

How dare they fake it?!  Making your food super-palatable?!  Think of the children -- you're creating food addicts! 

I know, I know.  We're fat.  We don't need super-enhanced and reasons to EAT more or more often.

Anyone who has eaten any lowfat, low sugar, sugar free or specialty diet products has definitely supported the Taste Industry.  *picks up my can of Diet Coke with "natural flavor...* 

But, this makes me tick.  I want to flavor things.  Now.  Hand me the fatty-crusty chicken powder, I'm making savory chewable vitamins.

Stiff Panties Burn Calories. Well. There's that, Santa!

Geekologie says --

$32 Calorie Shapers are resin-coated biker-shorts/sparkle-panties that are stiffer than regular boxer-briefs and, when walked in 1.5-hours a day per week, can burn enough additional calories to offset 16-ounces of beer. WELL WOOPTIE-F***IN'-DO-DA. I'd rather just convince myself I never drank that beer. Besides, who in their right mind wants to walk around IN A PAIR OF HARD UNDERWEAR? Aaaaaaaah, my nuts are saying silk but my belly's saying STIFF ABRASIVE POLYMER AND ENOUGH FRICTION TO START A FIRE.

I am NOT wearing anybody's stiff panties.




Did you have WLS to LOOK AMAZING?

Reposting an old post...

To stand still on the summit of perfection is difficult, and in the natural course of things, what cannot go forward - slips back.   Gaius V. Paterculus

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You need to be sedated.

"To get a taste of what some of those frenzied Walmart scuffles look like, check out the video above, in which a crowd of shoppers attack a supply of $2 waffle makers. The video was originally uploaded to Twitter shortly after midnight by a woman calling herself Ms. Clark. Her profile suggests she is from the Little Rock, Ark., area."

You people need sedation.

You don't need fucking WAFFLES.

How To Avoid or Eat The Food Pushers Today!

Sparkpeople put out a list -- "11 Nice Ways to Say 'No' to Food Pushers" -- some of These People which you may be sitting with Right Now, eh?

"Oh, honey, please have just a bite."

How do you TELL GRANDMA NO?"

I'll add a few choice statements, please tell me some of the winners you've heard in the comments:  

  • "Honey, just try this, I made it FOR YOU!" 
  • "But -- It's sugar free!" 
  • "Didn't you love this before your surgery?"
  • "I thought you loved me. Just try it."  (Feel free to slap this one.)
  • "But, it's only a little sugar."
  • "A drink won't hurt you."
  • "Just two bites?"
  • "COME ON."
  • "You just have to have to have some of this..."
  • "I thought you said you could eat this?"
  • "You need the calories."
  • etc, etc... and these from Sparkpeople

The Push: "It's my specialty, you have to try it!"

Your Response: "I will in a bit!"

Why It Works: Stalling is a great tactic with food pushers. Odds are the offender won't follow you around making sure you actually try the dish. If they catch up with you by the end of the party to ask what you thought, tell them that it slipped your mind but you'll be sure to try it next time.

The Push: "This [insert name of high-calorie dish] is my favorite. You'll love it!"

Your Response: "I had some already—so delicious!"

Why It Works: A white lie in this situation isn't going to hurt anybody. You'll get out of eating food you don't want or need, and the food pusher will have gotten a compliment on what probably is a delicious dish.

The Push: "It's just once a year!"

Your Response: "But I'll probably live to celebrate more holidays if I stick with my diet plan!"

Why It Works: People can sometimes see healthy eating as vain—a means to the end result of losing weight and looking better. It's harder for a food pusher to argue with you if you bring attention to the fact that you eat right and exercise for better health and a longer life. Looking good just happens to be a side effect!

The Push: "Looks like someone is obsessed with dieting…"

Your Response: "I wouldn't say obsessed, but I am conscious of what I eat."

Why It Works: Words like "food snob" or "obsessed" are pretty harsh when they're thrown around by food pushers. But don't let passive-aggressive comments like this bring you down—or make you veer away from your good eating intentions. Acknowledging your willpower and healthy food choices might influence others to be more conscious of what they eat. Sometimes you just have to combat food pushers with a little straightforward kindness.

The Push: "If you don't try my dish, I'm just going to have to force you to eat it!"

Your Response: "Sorry, but I don't like (or can't eat) [insert ingredient here]."

Why It Works: It's hard to argue with someone's personal food preferences. If someone doesn't like an ingredient whether its sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or butter, odds are that he or she hasn't liked it for a very long time. If you'd like to get creative with this one, go into detail about how you got sick on the ingredient as a kid or how your mom says you always threw it across the room as a baby. Who can argue with that?

The Push: "You need some meat on your bones."

Your Response: "Trust me, I'm in no danger of wasting away!"

Why It Works: This food push is definitely on the passive-aggressive side. Using humor to fight back will defuse any tension while making it clear where you stand. 

The Push: "One bite isn't going to kill you."

Your Response: "I know, but once you pop you can't stop! And I'm sure it's so delicious I wouldn't be able to stop!"

Why It Works: This is another situation where humor will serve to distract the food pusher from his or her mission. It's a way to say "thanks, but no thanks" while making it clear that you're not interested in overindulging.

The Push: "But it's your favorite!"

Your Response: "I think I've overdosed on it; I just can't eat it anymore!"

Why It Works: If you have a favorite holiday dish that everyone knows you love, it can be especially tough to escape this push. If a loved one made the dish specifically for you, the guilt can be enough to push you over the edge. But people understand that food preferences change, and most have been in that situation of enjoying a dish so much that they can't touch it for awhile.

The Push: [Someone puts an extra helping on your plate without you asking.]

Your Response: Push it around with your fork like you did as a kid to make it look like you tried it.

Why It Works: While putting food on someone else's plate can be viewed as passive-aggressive, it was probably done with love. (Let's hope!) Making it look like you ate a bite or two can be an easy way out of the situation, but you can also just leave it alone and claim that you've already had your fill. (After all, you didn't add that extra helping!)

The Push: "Have another drink!"

Your Response: "I have to drive."

Why It Works: No one will argue with the fact that you want to drive home sober. If they do, you should have no qualms walking away from the conversation, period. If they offer a place for you to stay, you can always get out of the situation by blaming an early morning commitment or the fact that you need to get home to let the dog out. Kids will also get you out of everything.

The Push: "We have so many leftovers. Take some!"

Your Response: "That's OK! Just think, you'll have your meals for tomorrow taken care of."

Why It Works: Not every party guest wants to deal with the hassle of taking food with them, and this makes it clear that you'd rather the food stay. If the host is insistent, you can feign worry that they'll go bad in the car because you're not going straight home, or it'll go bad in your fridge because you've already been given so many leftovers at other parties recently. Or be polite and take them. You'll have more control of your food intake away from the party anyway. So whether you don't eat the leftovers at all or whether you split a piece of pie with your spouse, you're in control in this situation.
It's YOUR body.  You don't HAVE TO do anything you don't want to.  If the situation becomes overwhelming, remove yourself.  -MM

MM iPad

I got an iPad for my birthday. My birthday isn't until December 1, but the kids gave away the surprise that was *to come from Dad, and I landed a gift early.

My quick non-tech blogger blog review:  <shrug> 

It's a big giant iPhone, which I used to have, and liked alot.  The iPad is quite unneccessary INSIDE a house with a functioning computer, since I prefer a computer with a keyboard to do things on. 

I find that the only extra option I have used (so far, unless you recommend things useful?) ON the iPad that I didn't have before is the option to take a movie away from the desk.  I can go watch a Very Small Netflix movie in bed if I really want to and totally fall asleep because I can't stay awake for any length of time if I lay down.  I suppose it will be super-nice to have to take with me on trips away from home - instead of my teensy half-dead laptop. 

The size is still a bit awkward to carry with you -- it's not small enough to just throw in your pocketbook -- but I know I will anyway.  It needs a case aside from this magnetic thing that I've flipped around it and dropped at least ten times.

And, no, I'm not blogging on it.  I've become a BIT more adept at typing on it, but the autocorrect is not my friend yet.  I remember this, the Gastric Byparse Blog.

Now guess who figured out the Product Features of the iPad first?  "Tris, can you show me how to make a video?"

How far would you go for plastic surgery?


How far would you go for plastic surgery?  Would you sell your house and use the profits for plastic surgery? Um.  I'd totally Vanna White a sign, wearing bodyshapers, holding my skin in?  LOL.

Think about it for a minute.  Have you already had your weight loss surgery -- and been living in your excess skin a while?  A long while?  Part of the reason I started writing about my journey in the dark ages, was in a meager attempt to earn money towards plastic surgery.  Honest. 

In 2005 I visited a plastic surgeon, and was given an "estimate" for the whole enchilada.  For  breast, arms, full lower body...


I knew that there was no way I would get insurance coverage for parts or all of the procedures.  Fast forward a little while, a bariatric/general surgeon offered to do a basic panniculectomy for me, for a Cash Price of $3000 if I could go ahead and get it scheduled, couldyougoaheadandgetitscheduledplease

No.  I didn't want that, nor did I have the cash set aside to do such a thing.  I knew that I'd be financing my ass.  Literally.  I sort of gave up on the idea for a while, and when I was ready again to start the process, my body said "No."  I actually GOT insurance coverage for a panniculectomy, and was visiting my plastic surgeon pre-operatively in January 2008 and ironically had a grand mal seizure in his office.  I woke up in his hospital's Neurology Unit looking for my tummy tuck and "new boobs."  It didn't exactly get done.

Since then, plastics have been out of the equation, since my brain has been more important.  I do wonder if I will follow through with the procedures someday.  But still, it's the price-tag.

$50,000 give or take.  Even if I break it down into several operations (necessity) I can't afford to finance my ass.  I am basically credit-free.  I live cash-only, and the only credit I have it what goes into my Paypal account, so it's pre-paid money.

Would I sell MY house for plastics?  Um.  Heck, if there were enough equity IN the house to squeeze out an extra $50,000 for lifting, tightening and squeezing the skin I've been in for seven years?  Yes, but the hell if I didn't feel guilt, and I would probably back out, and consider that money better used in fifty other ways.

It's not an option right now, but I would give it thought.  But, if it meant putting my family of six into a mobile home (like in the below article) no.  My skin can wait.   We have bigger things to deal with right now (And having felt what it's like squishing six of us into this apartment, uh, no...) my skin is not THAT big of a deal.  I have lived seven and a half years since weight loss surgery in this body, I'll live.  I'm not that big.  There are thousands of women who have much bigger skin issues to deal with, and I am grateful that I only lost 170 pounds, if that makes sense. 

From HuffPo - Via DailyMail.co.uk. -

Probably not as far as Jayne Fenney. The Daily Mail reports today that a UK woman, dissatisfied with her figure, sold her home to pay for her $47,700 surgery.

Ironically, the procedures were not weight loss procedures -- in fact, Fenney had already lost about 150 pounds on her own. But the dramatic drop left her with excess skin and a sagging upper body in need of a serious lift.

A $47,700 lift, it turns out. Fenney signed herself up for a a "full body lift," an armlift, a breast lift and a thigh lift, which added up to nearly $50K.

So Fenney sold her three-bedroom house plus her TV, her dryer and her bed to fund the surgery extravaganza.

She now lives in a mobile home, but told the Daily Mail, "Feeling great is worth ten houses." And her body does look drastically different, as you can see in photos published by the Mail.

Free Weight Loss Surgery Seminars in Southeastern Massachusetts

Free educational seminars are held every month on weight loss surgery for morbid obesity in by Southcoast Health System -

Southcoast Hospitals

 WLS Seminars

  • First Wednesday of each month
    7 p.m.
    The Cape Codder
    1225 Iyannough Road & Bearse's Way, Hyannis
  • Second Tuesday of each month
    6:30 p.m.
    Medical Library on the first floor
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    43 High Street, Wareham
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    25 Summer Street, Plymouth
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Basic Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce



  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries (12 oz)
  • Sugar substitute equal to 1 cup sugar or liquid SPLENDA/SUCRALOSE
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Rinse cranberries in a colander, and place in a pot.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.

3. Stir frequently. The cranberries will pop -- create a gel-like consistency -- and it makes itself!

Cook until the sauce is the consistency you want, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Makes 8 servings of cranberry sauce, each approximately 1/4 cup.