January 2018 Patient of the Month

January 2018 Patient of the Month Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

Just over 2 years ago I made the best decision of my life.  A choice that has given me a new lease on life.  Looking back, my life prior to my weight loss journey was more difficult than I had thought.  I find the greatest joy in the smallest accomplishments.  Before my surgery, I was not able to do any of what people think are everyday activities such as walking into any store and finding my size, sitting in a chair without fear of it breaking. The biggest “win” for me is being able to walk more than a few steps without needing to take a break because I’m tired or have serious back pain. I’ve also been able to do more exhilarating activities such as riding a rollercoaster and driving luxury sports cars.  My life has changed in so many amazing ways and they can all be attributed to my weight loss.  The biggest difference is the way people look at me.  I have been passed up for jobs and looked through by women.  Since my weight loss, I can take pride in myself which allows others to do so as well.  I’ve started a great career at an accounting firm and I’m going out and trying new things every day. The decision to take control of my life was the best I could have made and I’m thankful every day.   ~  Johnathan (JJ) Hinshaw Jr

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