Our favorite medical tourist has started her blog, Journey to the Skinny Me.  We will be following her journey as she searches for a plastic surgeon in Mexico, South America and India.  Each step of the way will be detailed for our readers, shedding light on her journey.

About Lecia Gibson:
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I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, but above all I am me….

 

Hello, my name is Lecia Gibson.  I am in my 40′s with two young, energetic boys.   I was born in a small town in Oklahoma (Prague) and have lived in the state for the majority of my life.  I graduated from Maud High School in 1989 and attended East Central University in Ada, OK.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management.  I sat for my registry test and received my Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) in October 1995.  I have worked in healthcare for 20 years.  I currently work as a Specialty Coder/Documentation Improvement Specialist with a concentration in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.  I also own LKG Ventures, Inc and provide healthcare consulting in all aspects of Health Information Management.   As you follow my journey, the reason for this website will become apparent.

 

I have spent the biggest part of my life as an obese person.  I have (as most people) tried multiple fad diets, exercise, and have played the yo-yo weight loss game for many of those years.  I have never been what you would call an unhealthy person.  I have never had the multiple health issues that typically haunt obese people (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol issues, heart problems) but I do have an extensive family history of these issues and was headed down a path to those problems as long as my weight remained.  I finally had a mental break-through and realized that I had a skinny person inside me, dying to get out.  I was tired of being the fat girl that got the side-ward glances and whispers behind her back.

 

In January of 2012, I attended a meeting to start the process for weight loss surgery.  I had researched the different procedures and I had already decided what I wanted to have done (gastric banding) and when I met with the physician of the weight loss program, that was the procedure that he recommended for me.  At that time I weighed a hefty 293 pounds and was wearing a women’s size 28.  I am ashamed to say that I had gotten to that size but I will NEVER be there again.

 

Today, two years later, I am down to 183 pounds and am wearing size 12-14.

 

My goal weight is 160 pounds and then the rest of my journey begins.

 

As I have almost achieved my goal weight, I am now interviewing surgeons from around the world. Why around the world and not in the United States?  The answer in a few words – lack of healthcare coverage for plastic surgery, elective surgery.

 

In order to help others I will be documenting my journey. I am not an expert and expect to make a few mistakes along the way. As I learn, so shall you.
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