August 2019 Patient of the Month

August 2019 Patient of the Month Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

My life was eating food.  And lots of it.  My grandmother, mom and wife are all fantastic cooks.   I couldn’t pass up a hot dog truck if I tried.  While my wife was sleeping, I would sneak away and visit my mistress - White Castle! I would order a sack of burgers and eat them on the way home and go back to bed.  I had no will power and ate my troubles away. My weight eventually blew up to over 400lbs.

I tried every single diet pill and crazy diet that ever existed.  I would lose the weight then gain it back double.  My knees were shot and at one point I was using a walker.  I had high blood pressure and my bloodwork was horrible. My primary doctor said I probably wouldn’t be around much longer if I didn’t do something about my weight. 

In February of 2017 I had bariatric surgery.  In the two years since my surgery, I have lost a massive amount of weight, kept it off and have normal test results and blood work.

I can’t say enough about the team at Garden State Bariatrics.  I have never met such a dedicated, compassionate group of people in my life.  I thank God first and then give thanks to the man with the magic hands, Dr. Bilof.  He literally saved my life and I will always be grateful. Surgery isn’t a magic pill, but a tool that works along with nutrition classes and the support from GSB.  I can’t tell you how many times I emailed or called Julie or Michael and they always get right back to me. I’m embarrassed to show my before picture, but feel I have to give back somehow and if this testimony will help even one person, I will be happy. One more thing I promised myself if I ever lost the weight and reached my goal, I would buy a nice suit.  I did that and it fit me right off the rack.  I’m wearing the suit in my after picture!

Good luck with your journey!

- JD

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