December 2019 Patient of the Month

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

My whole life I have struggled with my weight, even from my younger childhood years. Throughout my early teens I was bullied by my peers and often called names. I was always active and very involved with sports, but I could never lose the weight. I tried weight watchers, CrossFit programs, “fat” camp and even nutritional counseling before I started researching bariatric surgery. When I was 17 years old, I hit rock bottom and fell into a deep depression. I was embarrassed to be seen in public, I never wanted to leave my house because I was ashamed of who I was because of my weight and my negative mindset. One morning I woke up and said to myself, something has to change. I started researching bariatric surgery and found Dr. Bilof who had amazing patient reviews. I decided to take matters into my own hand and with the help of everyone at Garden State Bariatrics, I started to change my life.

Pre-surgery I lost 30lbs by changing my eating habits dramatically and getting into healthy walking routines. After getting gastric sleeve surgery a year and a half ago, I have lost 120lbs and counting!!! I have never been more confident and proud of who I am today. People often knock bariatric surgery and view it as “the easy way out.”  But anyone who has actually had the surgery knows that is not the truth. Having surgery helps you lose weight, but your new mindset, goals, and lifestyle change is what will truly make you successful. My life has changed dramatically since surgery and I would not change a thing. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to change my life with the help of Dr. Bilof and his amazing bariatrics team. 

- Mariah Schiessl


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