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What I Lost After Surgery

May 12, 2021        Written by, Amanda Dutton, MS, LPC 

Amanda Dutton has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix and is licensed in professional counseling in the states of Georgia and Colorado and registered to provide telehealth to Florida. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Health Psychology to improve her understanding of the mind and body connection.

She has been providing counseling in a variety of settings, including community mental health, hospitals and in private practice since 2011. She has been serving adults with depression, anxiety, chronic pain and illness as well as individuals who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Having had successful bariatric surgery in 2005, Amanda has a special interest in this community.

The first thing I left behind after having surgery was: A little bit of fear.

 I did not have to fear going into a restaurant or movie theater and worrying if they had a table instead of a booth, or if I would be able to fit into the seat. People in smaller bodies don’t think about these things. I remember the first time I went to an amusement park after I had my surgery and the feeling of having the bars come down over me and click like three times. The time before I had gone to the amusement park, and the guy had to stick his foot on the bar to try to get it to click the first time. I did not have to fear going into a restaurant or movie theater and worrying if they had a table instead of a booth, or if I would be able to fit into the seat. 

The second thing I left behind was: Shopping in the smallest section of the store. 

 

Typically most places put the biggest sizes of clothes in the smallest section, and they don’t carry nearly as many options in stock as they do in smaller sizes. After my surgery, I discovered a whole new, large variety, of clothes that I NEVER would have looked at pre surgery.  

The last thing that I left behind was: The fear of being seen.

We go through our lives being usually the biggest person around, taking up more space than we feel like we should, and suddenly, we are realizing that we kind of take up the same amount of space as anybody else. We’re just getting seen for what we do or who we are rather than just the size of our bodies.

I really want to encourage you to start noticing what ways you feel like you have begun losing since you’ve had your weight loss surgery. Reach out and let me know how I can help you better celebrate these wins! 
I’d love to walk beside you on your journey!

Amanda Dutton has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix and is licensed in professional counseling in the states of Georgia and Colorado.

She has been providing counseling in a variety of settings, including community mental health, hospitals and in private practice since 2011. She has been serving adults with depression, anxiety, chronic pain and illness as well as individuals who have had or are considering bariatric surgery. Having had successful bariatric surgery in 2005, Amanda has a special interest in this community. She enjoys working with her clients using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including solution-focused and a blend of person-centered and narrative approaches. Amanda is warm and compassionate, balancing collaboration with her clients with a desire to help them move forward in their lives.

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