August Patient Of The Month Iona Gross

Iona Gross, August's Patient Of The Month at Garden State Bariatrics

Let me start off by saying I am a true believer that there are no coincidences in life – there’s only synchronicity and everything happens for a reason. …

The truth is, back in 2014, I was diagnosed with having one of the worse sleep apnea results at Deborah Heart And Lung…in fact, once they had my results, a truck with oxygen tanks and machinery was delivered to my home that evening…talk about life altering…my whole life was flipped upside down and I was placed on round the clock oxygen…I was feeling so hopeless and was advised that in order for me to be removed from the oxygen, I would have to lose at least 100 lbs!

I was devastated considering every prior attempt to lose weight resulted in complete failure…however, that phone call changed my life.  Again, no coincidence, but that day I was advised that Deborah was getting a bariatric department and would I like to be there first patient!  I jumped at the chance (well, not literally haha)…anyway, my husband and I met with Dr. Bilof and instantly felt a level of comfort.  He saved my life that day!

I had my surgery in July 2014 (sleeve) and then the switch in March 2016 and almost 2 years later,  I have lost over 163 lbs and continue to lose!  Everyone at the Toms River office made this journey an amazing, positive experience…one that I will forever be grateful. Specifically, Dr. Bilof, of course, Julie, Jessica, Keith and Kathy for always being there to answer my numerous questions…I was given back my life…in fact, better yet…I was given a life filled with activity and excitement and continuous adventure…an even better life than I could have ever imagined! Thank you all ❤️.

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