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My name is Caroline Ann Martin. From the age of 19 to 34 years, I lived my life as a super morbidly obese person. During these years, I dieted my way up to 370 lbs losing and regaining over 100 lbs several times. In May 2003, my life changed when I underwent gastric bypass surgery. This, along with sticking to a healthy diet and developing an active lifestyle allowed me to lose 225 pounds in just 16 months and gain a healthy weight and life. At the onset of my weight loss, my hips measured 71 inches around and I wore a Women's Plus Size 40 (6X to 7X). At 2 years post RNY, I now wear a Misses Size 2/4 (XS). More important than size, I love that I can physically do pretty much anything I want to now, without the restrictions that my weight once imposed.
I am almost 37 years old, happily married for 8 1/2 years and
currently live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania with my husband, Alan, and our
5 cats, dog (Ms Molly McBabe)
and lovebird. I was born and raised in Long Island, New York (East Rockaway)
and moved to Arizona when I turned 18 to attend ASU. It was my first year at
ASU when I started gaining my weight. After earning my BS in psychology, I
moved back to NY to attend NYU for my MSW and later my MA in Deafness
Rehabilitation. I met my hubby online via a poetry message board that I'd
started on AOL way back in 1996, and moved to CA in August 1997. In 1999, I
attended SDSU in CA for post-grad training in Organizational Development.
I belong to Bally's and go to the one in King of Prussia, PA near the mall. In December '05, I started working as a personal trainer at this Bally's on a part-time basis. I've completed my certification through WITS and am thoroughly enjoying working as a personal trainer so far! In addition to helping inspire others working towards their own weight loss and/or fitness goals, working as a personal trainer helps me to stay accountable to myself in my own weight loss/fitness goals. More so, I am happy to be working again, even if on a part-time basis.
A few years prior to my WLS, I went on permanent disability due to major PTSD and dissociation as relates to being severely abused when I was a child. Prior to my going on disability, I worked with the State of CA Dept. of Rehabilitation as a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf. Prior to this, I worked in various capacities with several non-profit agencies - child welfare prevention and foster care case manager (Foundling Hospital in NYC), as director of an IRA/group home (NY Society for the Deaf), as a case manager for Maricopa County, AZ working with a homeless, psychiatric population, and as a rape crisis hotline & hospital supervisor (Center Against Sexual Abuse/CASA in AZ). I have always been very good at what I've done, but unfortunately my own personal demons that I'd battled for all too long had taken their toll on me making it necessary that I leave work. To be starting back to work, even if on a part-time basis, I once again feel as though all of my education and experience isn't going to waste.
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