CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ramona Holloway is known for being outspoken and candid, and now the co-host of 107.9 The Link’s Matt and Ramona radio show is openly sharing her lifelong battle with weight loss.
“I’ve endorsed every diet plan under the sun,” Holloway says.
She’s been able to lose the weight. The problem has always been keeping it off. And in recent years her family history kicked in.
"Having so many people in my family with diabetes, I knew I had it before the doctor told me,” she said.
She struggled to tolerate the diabetes drugs and they weren’t controlling her disease very well. So after plenty of research she decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery.
"The thing I would like people to know is that for most people who are morbidly obese, and I did qualify as morbidly obese, it's not just about moving and putting down the fork. Most of us when you get to the point that you're that big, it's about getting help because there's more than just knife and fork issues going on," Holloway said.
For Ramona, the issue was dealing with the sexual abuse she experienced when she was just six years old.
As part of the surgery she had to undergo a psychological evaluation and she figured it was time to talk about the thing she’d kept a secret for so long.
“I think the food was a way to be stronger. In hindsight, I felt like being a big girl meant that if you were going to attack somebody it wasn’t going to be me. Maybe I would be the one that you would be afraid of.”
Immediately after surgery she was diabetes-free and able to go back to work after just a week-and-a-half.
Physically, she’s down 30 pounds. Emotionally, she’s lost much more.
“Because literally when you release the burden you are lighter in so many ways. Yes, with the surgery it’s literal, but emotionally you’re lighter. I’m good.”