The 61-year-old diabetic had also almost given up on seeing his 20-plus grandchildren grow into adulthood.
But that was before he had gastric bypass surgery.
“It’s nice to fit into some skinny clothes, but my emotions play into it as well,” said Stevenson, who now weighs around 190 pounds. “Maybe I’ve prolonged my life another 15 to 20 years by doing this. That has some significant substance to it — knowing I can be around and be a part of their life and enjoy my posterity for many more years.”