December 2017 Patient of the Month

December 2017 Patient of the Month Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

Steve & Tammy

My husband and I met 32 years ago when we were just 12 years old.  We were close friends all through school.  He always made me feel beautiful even though I was overweight.  We started seriously dating at 19 years old and got married at 26. 

I struggled with my weight my entire life and went to my first weigh loss camp at just 8 years old.  I attended weight watchers for years prior to my pregnancies and after.  I would be successful losing the weight, but would gain it back each time and then some.  I could never maintain....  It felt like a never-ending battle!  I did not think I would ever get to a normal weight and be healthy.  I had two children I needed to set the example for.  I needed to live a long healthy life so I could see them both grow up.  In January 2014, my OBGYN recommended bariatric surgery and Dr. Bilof.  In August 2014, I entered Dr. Bilof's office for my first consultation.  He was amazing!  He answered all my questions, addressed my concerns and made me feel excited for this journey!  I started my pre-op journey that day.  On February 4, 2015 I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy.  It was the best day of my life.  My new beginning!  My highest weight was 289lbs; I am now 165lbs.  My total weight loss is 125lbs!  I have maintained this weight since I hit it 8 moths post op!  I have become an avid runner and I train in Crossfit!  Never would I ever have thought I would be a runner and love it!  I have also started an online support group on Facebook for woman with PCOS and who are considering or have had weight loss surgery.  It is called "Our PCOS~VSG Journey & Support".  My group is full of many supportive women who help keep me focused and help me to never feel alone on this journey!  

Steve started struggling with his weight in his mid 20's.  Together we were trying to be healthy, but it never seemed to be successful.  He became obese in his late 30's and could not get a handle on his weight.  He tried diet after diet with little to no success.  He was in denial of how unhealthy he was.  He was at his heaviest at 364lbs and felt helpless.  Steve was always supportive of my journey and was so impressed with my determination and success. He saw how happy and full of energy I was that he decided to talk with Dr. Bilof too.   He had his first consultation appointment with Dr. Bilof in September 2015 and started his pre-op journey that day.  He had his Sleeve Gastrectomy on March 16, 2016!  His surgery weight was 330lbs; his current weight is 190lbs.  His total weight loss is 170lbs!  He is the happiest and healthiest I have ever seen him!  Our lifestyle change has brought us closer than ever.  With our new, healthy and happy beginning we decided to re-new our wedding wows this past August.  It was even happier than our first wedding day!

 We are very thankful everyday for Dr. Bilof and Garden State Bariatrics for their constant support!  Thanks to our wonderful family, friends and doctors and their support and encouragement, we started living our lives in our 40's!  Our journey is never over; it is always changing.  We wouldn't want it any other way!

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