My name is Steve Colarossi, a thirty-nine year old stay-at-home-dad and "recovering" lawyer. God blessed me with a loving and supportive wife and two beautiful little girls. Yet, I risked it all by allowing my weight to climb to 500 pounds. Although I considered myself a "healthy" five-hundred pounder, all that excess weight diminished the quality of my life-- from my inability to get a good night's sleep to the constant pain I experienced from arthritis in my knees and heel spurs, I was growing increasingly immobile as I went from being morbidly obese to "what-are-you-waiting-for?-are-you-crazy?-don't-you-know-you're-really" morbidly obese. Fortunately, a dear friend told me that he feared losing me if I didn't do anything and my wife and parents echoed his concerns. Realizing that those I loved were being hurt by my addiction to food, I tried to investigate having gastric bypass surgery.
The photos that follow highlight the amazing assistance that weight loss surgery gave me. The gastric bypass surgery that Dr. Ralph Crum of Norwalk Hospital performed was the tool I needed to lose my excess weight (253 pounds lost in a little less than eleven months) and begin enjoying the wonderful life with which I had been blessed.
One of the biggest fears I had was what would happen in a life that was, I believed, defined by food: my talent at preparing it, my joy in serving others and my almost instatiable desire to devour it (along with the many happy connections I had between food and joyous family events).