Monday, December 01, 2008

I've been asked to tell my story

I've been asked to tell my story in an article to be published in the employee newsletter where I work. One of my bosses is the editor of the newsletter and I handle the production end of the publication. So my weight loss journey and half-marathon training has been front and center in our office for the past year. My boss says I'm an inspiration and that my story should be shared. My response: "Yikes!" People tell me that I inspired them (Kristy, for one) and I'm always amazed at statements like that. I'm just a regular old person who is trying to make changes to be healthier and happier. There are thousands of people out there who have walked in my shoes and had weight loss surgery and been able to acheive the goals they set for themselves. But apparently I don't know what I'm talking about (LOL!) and now I'm faced with the challenge of condensing my long journey - one that isn't done yet - into a 500-word article to share with a bunch of people who might not even fully understand what gastric bypass is all about. That's where the "Yikes!" comes into play. What do I write? Where do I start? How much do I share? What do I skim over and what do I give detail about? Do I need to give a medical lesson about what RNY is? How can I convey how much education on nutrition and biology and maco- and micronutrients I've had to learn over the past couple years? Do I just toot my own horn and not be shy? How do I get across the message of how hard this journey really is for those people who think WLS is the easy way out? Do I focus on the weight loss or do I focus on the overall health aspects of my journey? I've tried to write this a dozen times but I end up just staring at a blank screen and the words won't come. My deadline was actually today, but we've extended it until Thursday morning. I'm nervous and a bit intimidated by the whole process. Wish me luck! ~Pam


  1. Awesome. I have faith that you will come up with something that is both inspirational and educational. You are a good writer... why else would we beg you to update your blog more often =} Kris

  2. People want to hear about your feelings and your struggles and successes, not about medical stuff they can read on the internet.

    Good luck - I'm sure you'll nail it :)

  3. Which ever way you go with your story it will give inspiration to everyone who reads it (ps . . I want to read the final product) I agree that to much medical stuff is stuff people can find on the internet. Your reason for the difficult journey is what it's really all about.
    Good Luck!


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