Angie BEE grew-up a standard-sized young woman, educated in communications, promotions and planning.  She became a wife, mother and ministry support member while building businesses and her faith.


Through stress, age and a poor diet and while suffering from major depression and attempted suicide, Angie BEE's weight climbed from 180 pounds to 360 pounds.  She was diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, an overactive bladder and poor leg circulation.  At the age of 40 an anxiety attack and the decline in her mental health forced her to stop work and look at improving her declining health.  It was during this time that Angie BEE became inspired by her younger sister Sonya Bennett during her process towards Gastric Bypass Surgery.  Sonya launched this column and will return occasionally to contribute to it, but now that she is three years-post surgery... her life is focused on something new!


Now, celebrating her first year of a new life since having the procedure herself, Angie BEE is healthier than she has been in over a decade.  Losing the first 100 pounds was just the bonus!  She is now diabetes-free.  She has normal blood pressure.  The circulation in her legs is normal.  She sleeps without a c-pap machine and more!  The joy that she feels is documented each day in her syndicated radio show, a brand new weekly  TV show documentary and each month in this article.  The Big GB stands for The BIG Gastric Bypass and it also stands for "Getting (my life) Back".  This article reflects how Angie BEE's life has improved... by the grace of God and as the result of having Gastric Bypass surgery on Feb 28, 2011.  This is now her life!


 

 

Saying Goodbye to our GB Column

with Sonya Bennett and Angie Bee
 

From Sonya Bennett

 

It’s So Hard to Say Good-Bye….

This title reminds me of the Boyz to Men song of the same name and can apply to a couple of things for this article: saying good-bye to the LIC Online Magazine, saying good-bye to pounds and the aftermath of that joy (restoring your wardrobe, removing skin out and the whole out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new).

Though this is not a sad-song-singing moment for Large In Charge as an entity, when I learned this leg of the BBW Online Empowerment Body is ceasing after 10 years of laughs, information and personal experiences; I had to chime in. It’s been five years since I had the Gastric Bypass Weight Loss Surgery. Shortly after this magnanimous decision in my life, I had the pleasure of being invited to share my thoughts and successes as I shrunk almost 190 pounds becoming no-so-large and more-in-charge of my life!  Like my sister, Angie, I also suffered from serious health problems which -- though it didn’t appear to be the case at the time – paused my life. Existing in a size 30/32 clothing size, CPAP-dependent sleep apnea, medication-controlled Type II Diabetes and cholesterol and, finally, a peripheral neuropathy that stemmed from the Diabetes and threatened to take my foot; I still traveled, dated, partied and enjoyed life!

It wasn’t until after the weight loss, though, that I successfully had a strong, healthy baby at the age of 41, have been released from all medications and am wearing clothing sizes between 12 and 14. As with anything, there are up and down sides to this life-changing procedure: hanging skin, learning to accept B-12 shots (I was never insulin-dependent and have always hated shots!), low-iron which borders on anemia and, and finally, changing my social environment.

Solutions: July 10, 2014, I had 15 pounds of back-pulling abdominal skin removed (also known as my ‘apron’). In the near future, I will have the skin removed that drags down my breasts and will try different methods to tone my arms which I affectionately refer to as my ‘wings’. Though B-12 shots – or any shot – are unpleasant, they supersede insulin shots or other medicinal injections. I’m not thrilled with a gaggle of daily pills: a multivitamin, iron, biotin for my hair and vitamin D once a week; however, they replace my Metformin and Januvia (Diabetes) and Zocor (Cholesterol).

When you want to receive different, you have to do different. All-you-can-eats and dining out socially have diminished significantly as I’ve grown tired of ‘doggy bags’ that I eat for days later. Being a new mother, (side note: often when your health improves, sexually-active women are blessed with pregnancy, even in your 40s ) my partying days have all but gone away and being integral in broadening the BBW Party atmosphere in the Detroit Metro area, I miss my group, The Detroit Divas and the in-state and out-of-state functions that we would host and attend.

I will never regret having the Gastric Bypass and I will always appreciate venues such as this and the LIC Radio Show that allow people to ask questions and give feedback about semi-taboo subjects such as weight loss surgery. In closing, a sincere gracias, staff and LIC-ers (lol) for the smiles, tears and jeers on a 10-year platform that can never be duplicated or replaced! Farewell for now….

Sonya Bennett

 

From Angie Bee

This is it! I Got My Life Back!

Sometimes when you are starting a road trip, you focus on the long road ahead of you. Your GPS tells you how many miles you have ahead of you to travel, it tells you how many minutes it will take you to arrive and sometimes you even see a long and winding road ahead. It seems like the journey will take SO much out of you just to begin and there are times when some folks don't even start because they can't seem to face the journey.

In these past three years, my sister Sonya and I have contributed to this publication on the topic of "getting our lives back after gastric bypass surgery. This has been a long and winding road for us: we both have been healed from chronic illnesses, we have had joys and setbacks, our family has grown with the birth of my beloved niece Sandra and my marriage to my anointed husband and now this chapter of our lives is coming to an end.

With this final issue of Large In Charge Magazine, it is with praise and joy that I can proclaim: "I’VE GOT MY LIFE BACK!" The journey has been a wonderful experience. I began by sharing with each of you the moment I was scheduled for surgery. I recall sharing with you that my 80+ year old grandmother was in town to cook all my Thanksgiving favorites and then the surgeon's office called to tell me to begin my liquid diet! I remember sharing with each of you how my daughter cautioned me about "swimming in my clothes" and to not only purchase new clothes that fit me properly but to now see myself as others see me: no longer a 380-pound, chronically-ill woman. I shared with you how my first skin-removal procedure resulted in a near-death experience and medical setbacks that lasted nearly a year later and I shared my joy with you as Bartee and I married and merged our business and ministry as one.

Now Bartee helps me to produce a TV show featuring special guest interviews that take place during our weekly surgical weight loss support group! Life is good. My health is good. I'm really good. I think about the years that I spent sick and overweight. I know that I was a good-looking large woman and I was content to be lovely; all of the women in my family were large, so I fit right in. I decided to have gastric bypass surgery not to become a "Skinny-Minnie" but to be cured from the diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, the overactive bladder, the poor leg circulation and the diabetic nerve pain. I am now healed from ALL of those issues! I’ve got my life back!

Along my journey I've met people that have decided against having gastric bypass surgery. Have you heard (or made) any of these comments before? - "I don't want the scars" - "I don't want to take vitamins/pills for the rest of my life" - "Friends or Family say that I can exercise and lose the weight on my own" - "My aunts, cousins, husband – I know people who have gained all their weight back... yadda, yadda, yadda" . With these outside influences and thoughts, so many have contacted me and stated they never started their journey and that is a shame. They looked ahead and saw the unknown, long and winding road and decided to just sit still.

What would have happened if my sister and I had not begun our journey? My niece may not have been born! I would have stopped the TOUR Ministry that we have now because of chronic illnesses. My husband may not have looked at me twice, much less married me and I would still be injecting insulin and taking a dozen pills, three times a day.

WOW! Large in Charge Magazine existed for ten years and I was honored to have been a part of it for nearly four of those years. I'm excited to watch the radio show and the Facebook project grow and I look forward to publishing my next book that is based upon these archived articles.

When I look at my life now... I am so happy and content! The BMI calculator says that I am still obese with a 34.1 BMI but I'm thrilled by my curves. I'm honored that the Lord has seen fit to give me strength and grace and beauty and good health and now I can see myself the way others see me... I am truly a Queen! This journey has been a blessing to me and those around me. I was ordained to be an evangelist and the TOUR has grown from 6 members to over 40. My children aren't stressed and worried about my former suicidal tendencies and the counseling and medication that I am on now for anxiety and PTSD appear to be working well for me with limited side effects. My daughters even joined my hubby and I in decorating our Christmas tree while singing Motown Christmas jams! Praise the LORD! Life is good.

I got my life back and I am ready for what is to come next!

Follow me on Twitter @HHHotspot and watch our TV show episodes "Angie BEE Presents" on www.YouTube.com/AngieBEEpresents

Order the books and check out the TOUR flyers and photos online at www.DaQueenBee.com

Become my friend on Facebook at MeAngieBEE and come LIKE our TV show page at https://www.facebook.com/AngieBEEpresents

Keep listening to our Holy Hip Hop radio show, now celebrating 8 years on the air! Join the group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/AngieBEE

Invite the TOUR to come to your area for a weekend and experience the Holy Hip Hop concert, the Moms-n-Ministry and the Dads-On-Duty workshops and keep us in prayer as we launch the new "God, Me & You" workshop next year. Evangelism has always been inside of me... now I am a stronger and healthier temple of the Lord in order to do His will.

Stay in touch, stay on the path that God places you on and never forget to give Him all the praise through the good and the bad. If it is the Lord's will, we will meet again soon.

Much love and BEE Blessed "Da Queen Bee" Angie BEE

 

Angie BEE

www.daqueenbee.com

Author, Magazine Publisher, Producer, Promoter &

The Host of The Hottest Home Hotspot WORLDWIDE

Syndicated Holy Hip Hop Radio Show

www.AngieBEE.com

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