Prestonian seeking surgery ‘afraid of dying young’ amid long battle with weight issues

Sammie Turner after shedding six stone in weight

A Prestonian battling weight problems has launched a fundraiser for gastric sleeve surgical procedure after dealing with a lifelong battle together with her weight.


Sammie Turner, 31, mentioned she has struggled together with her weight since childhood and was bullied all through college, which led to consolation consuming. But after leaving college and changing into pregnant, she weighed 23 stone, so she determined to take motion.

Sammie managed to shed some pounds by means of weight-reduction plan, and in 2019, she tried Slimming World, the place she misplaced six stone. But she mentioned she plateaued and struggled to lose any extra weight.

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Sammie mentioned: “I used to be paying £5 a time to get weighed for them to inform me I used to be the identical or a few kilos up from final time.

“Then Slimming World closed as a result of Covid, and all of the laborious work I had put into getting my weight off for good was wasted, and I put all my weight again on, regardless of how wholesome I believed I used to be consuming.

“I can’t do that anymore. I need assistance, and weight reduction surgical procedure will assist me get to the place I need to be. Healthy and pleased. I’m not doing this for beauty causes – I’m doing this for my well being.

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However, Sammie was advised she should wait three to 5 years to get the surgical procedure on the NHS.

She mentioned: “I don’t need to die younger, and with out assist now, I’m afraid of doing simply that. I’d attempt the NHS, however ready occasions are sadly too lengthy.

“I could possibly be ready three to 5 years, and I don’t know the place I’ll be then. If I might get the cash myself and do that myself, I might. I’m not the kind of particular person to ask for something. I’d relatively endure in silence, however I really feel like that is one thing I can’t do on my own. 

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Sammie mentioned her weight is affecting her life at dwelling, her relationship together with her associate, and her potential to do issues.

She mentioned: “I can’t go on anymore. I’ve dangerous knees, a nasty again, and my enamel have began to get dangerous regardless of how a lot I take care of them, which I do know weight problems doesn’t assist.

“I don’t need to die younger, and with out assist now, I’m afraid of doing simply that. I’d attempt the NHS, however ready occasions are, sadly, too lengthy.

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“I hate myself for not having the ability to maintain it off, so I’ve been eager about doing the one factor that I believe will assist me and getting weight reduction surgical procedure.

“I do know there are individuals on the market that may say or assume, ‘why can’t she simply train and eat much less, it’s not laborious’. I’ve tried, I actually have. I believe I’ve underlying issues that don’t assist. I simply haven’t been identified with having mentioned issues.

“The last item I need to should do is ask for cash from individuals as a result of I’m overweight and may’t shed some pounds myself, however what different possibility do I’ve? Keep attempting to do it the laborious means and fail? I simply need to be pleased.”

To donate to Sammie’s fundraiser, go to her Go Fund Me page.

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