04/21/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

COLUMN: My Decision To Have Weight-Loss Surgery

... I'm not self-hating by any means. Even while battling my weight, I still juggle an active social life with a successful work and school life. I've found other ways to boost my confidence over the years, and I really think I have a lot of things going for me. I've had to fight weight discrimination everywhere I've gone, and that experience has made me truly appreciate the things I've accomplished.

So I made the decision to have gastric bypass surgery.

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