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I'm Using My Superannuation To Fund Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery can be a taboo topic, despite the fact that almost every single one of us can relate to body struggles, at least a little.

So, opening up on radio about my decision to undergo such a big life change was daunting to say the least.

Bolstered by the support of my co-workers Bianca, Terry and Bob, I bared my soul.

And whether people could relate, sympathise or just vehemently disagreed with me, the response was overwhelming.

As for how I got to this position?

As my mental health deteriorated, convenience and comfort became the overwhelming factor when it came to food and drink.

Unfortunately, along with it came the kilograms.

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But it wasn’t until I no longer recognised the person looking back at me in the mirror that I really began to address the underlying issues at play.

After a lot of agonising and back and forth between myself and a team of amazing medical professionals, I bit the bullet and booked in to get a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in February.

Yes, it’s permanent.

No, it won’t be a magical fix without hard work.

Yes, Nan, there is still a chance of great grandchildren. Babies aren’t grown in your stomach.

And the most contentious issue of all – I am drawing into my superannuation to fund the surgery.

At 29 (and most likely staring down at least 40 years before I reach retirement age) I am confident that I can make up that money and then some.

In return? An improved quality of life, the possibility of having a family and most importantly the opportunity to live out a long, healthy life without being a burden on the public health system.

That’s a gamble I’m more than willing to take.

You can follow my progress along the way here.

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