By late 2011, Mike Goldade’s life was a mess.
At 5-foot-7 inches tall, he weighed 470 pounds. His right knee, left hip and lower back were shot. He needed a walker to get around. He felt self-conscious in public, and scales and mirrors were his “kryptonite.”
Just 48 years old, Goldade figured his life was, more or less, over.
“I got it in my head that this is what my life’s going to be,” said Goldade from his West Main Street home. “I started becoming a hermit. I only went out if I had to or really needed to. Otherwise I stayed in the house.
“I really didn’t like myself too much back then.”
But in April 2012, after several years of haggling with his insurance company, Goldade underwent gastric bypass surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Between October 2012 and March, he had three more procedures to replace his hip, repair a hernia and fix his knee.