I am Melissa and this is my 36th year. I am a mother to an amazing 4-year-old boy, wife to a wonderful man and human to a miniature dachshund. I “reside” in Chelsea, Alabama, a growing town outside Birmingham. I “work from home” and am a self-admitted MMO addict, with World of Warcraft being my drug of choice. I am currently in the process of losing weight, conquering type 2 diabetes and convincing myself that one day I might run a 5K. This blog is intended to not only share the current experiences in my life, but also to include some of my memoirs. I have done a lot of living in 36 years.
My family has called me “Mouse” as long as I can remember. I was born in London in September of 1976. I am one of 5 children (oldest of my mother’s three and middle of my father’s 5). When I was 7, we moved across the pond and settled in Warrenton, Virgina. At the age of 13, I went to Chatham Hall boarding school in southern Virginia and my family moved to Naples, Florida, which I consider to be my hometown. Chatham Hall holds some of my fondest memories and through my four years there I made friends that are still my friends so many years later and was taught by some of the finest teachers all who became a big part of the person I am now. After high school, I took a year off before college and worked full-time and spent a lot of time rebelling from my parents. I spent a year at Eckerd College in St Pete before deciding I wasn’t really sure what I wanted out of life. I began my first of what Daddy refers to as “my walkabouts” in the Fall of 1995 and bounced around a lot until 2001, when I settled in Naples and managed to stay put until 2005. I spent 15 months in Stockholm, Sweden and in September of 2006, I turned 30 in Naples and met Mark. I have been in the Birmingham area since May of 2007. Mark and I married in March of 2008 and Will was born in July (sharing a birthday with Arnold Schwarzenegger). The rest, as they say, is history.
I have had health issues my whole life. As a child, I had terrible allergies and asthma. At 23, I developed Diabetes mellitus type 2 (age onset) and have been insulin dependent since I was 25. It took me until I was 30 to take my diabetes seriously and even after that I struggled to keep it under control. My pregnancy was severely high risk due to my diabetes, my high blood pressure and Hyperemesis gravidarum(HG). I spent most of my pregnancy on bed rest and in the hospital for the entire month before Will was born via c-section. Thanksgiving of 2009, I was hospitalized with Diabetic ketoacidosis and have been told I would have died in my bed if Mark hadn’t gotten me to the ER when he did. In February of 2011, my endocrinologist warned me my insulin resistance had become so high and the other complications from being overweight and in a terrible state of health were going to kill me sooner rather than later. There was my wake up call.
I honestly can’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t struggle with my weight. RNY was suggested to me as being medically necessary in 2004, but at that time is was still considered elective surgery and my insurance company didn’t cover it. Finally, in 2011, I decided it was time to take control and get myself healthy for my sake and the sake of my son and husband. I had RNY on December 15, 2011 by Dr John Mathews at Princeton Baptist Hospital. So far I have lost over 125 lbs and even though I still have a fair amount to go, it’s still the best thing I ever could have done. I have become very involved with life post-RNY via online forums and friends and in October of 2012, I joined MyFitnessPal, which has become an amazing tool for me. I am so committed to my new lifestyle and it feels great!