Cyndi recalls how she was treated when she was obese.
The discrimination that you feel, you usually tend to laugh it off, and you are that happy-go-lucky heavy person walking down the street when you are really hurting inside. You hear comments that you try to ignore and brush it off and pretend like you didn’t hear.
I remember picking up my son, he was four or five, prior to me doing surgery, and I remember another little kid telling him, “Your mom is so fat.” You know, and it just not only hurt me, but it hurt me because of him, how he would react to that because, of course, he felt like he needed to defend Mom. So that really just killed me, it really did, emotionally.
So all those things, even patients, I was a nurse. I have been, before I had surgery, and I remember walking into a patient’s room, and it was this little old man and he looks me, “Oh my gosh, you are my nurse? You’re a little too heavy to be my nurse.” You know, so I tried to brush it off and smile, but it just kills you inside, and the way the people react to you.
You’re usually not the person who is being invited to go to parties, even though I was married at the time, but you’re not the one who is in that social life.
So all those things and they hurt. They hurt and how it changes completely. Women and men, it’s not just men see you differently, women treat you differently.
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