It's finally here. Surgery scheduled.

It's finally here. Surgery scheduled.
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:25:37 am »
It's been 6 and 1/2 years since I've posted on this website. Back then, I was just graduating high school and hoping to get my parents to co-sign a loan to help me pay for surgery. Unfortunately, they would not do it. So I have, with increasing despair, dealt with this condition for the last 6 1/2 years with no hope for surgery. Depression, social anxiety, etc. scarred my psyche as a result. 
At one time, I lost 50 pounds hoping that it would help my chest area (as I had been told by my parents and others on this website in the past that my chest may big as a result of my weight), but it didn't resolve my chest issue so I gained weight because I illogically chose the comfort of food over the anxiety of gynecomastia (might as well get some enjoyment out of life I wrongly reasoned). At another time, I lost 40 pounds and once again I gained it back and more. 
However, that was then and this is now. Over the past year and a half, I have lost 125 pounds (from 323 to 198). I am at a healthy BMI for the first time since elementary school. I have done this not as a quick fix but as a lifestyle change (unlike the last two times). As with the other times, though, I still have the chest issue. I have lost some of the fullness in the chest, but my chest is more noticeable because of the weight loss elsewhere. 
Since I am now financially independent, I started looking into getting the surgery a few weeks ago. It was a roller coaster ride. At first, I was sure I would be able to do it, then I hit a few road bumps, but thankfully, I had my consultation last week and am scheduled to have the surgery next Wednesday. During the consultation exam, the surgeon confirmed that I had a sizable amount of glandular tissue that was keeping my breasts looking feminine despite the weight loss. As strange as it sounds, that was a relief. I use to wander if my condition was the result of me being lazy and overweight, but now, I know my condition was never my fault. It lifted years of shame off of me. I have waited so long for this day. I know I have a lot of emotional healing to undertake, but this is the start of a new life. For the first time in 12 years, my life feels full of possibility!

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Re: It's finally here. Surgery scheduled.
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 06:31:55 pm »
Well done on your weight loss, sounds like you really put the work in and it's paid off! I, and probably everyone on this forum know too well about the anxiety that comes with gyno. Mine was only minor, but it has made a massive difference in the clothes I choose to wear now, and I generally feel a more positive and confident person. Mine has been a slow healing process (5 months post op) and may have to go back for minor revision, but on the whole I'm a lot happier. Everyone seems to heal at different rates, so be patient, that's what I've learned! Probably don't need to say any of this to you though, as you've clearly done your homework.
Good luck with the surgery!


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