January Patient Of The Month
My name is Jeanmarie DeBiase and I am 54 years old. After the loss of my husband, a first responder of 9-11, my life took a drastic turn. I was left to raise my 3 young sons while trying to deal with my loss. It was quite overwhelming. My best friend, (who just happens to be my sissy Kathleen) stood by me, always telling me how strong I was and what a great job I was doing. My answer was always “I have to be, I don’t have a choice.”
Little did she know I turned to food for comfort and strength. I let this addiction-that is what it had become- rule my life. My blood pressure was uncontrollable, even on medicine and I was borderline diabetic. I was killing myself, I knew what I was doing but couldn’t control myself. My sister always said that if I didn’t want to get healthy for myself then I should think of my children and do it for them. I knew she was right but I couldn’t seem to put an end to my detrimental way of life. I prayed for help. I was strong for my children but not myself.
And then a chance meeting sent me in the direction where health and happiness ruled my life-not food! I truly believe that people come into your life for a reason. While visiting with my sister at her office, I was introduced to Dr. Basil Yurcisin. He sat down with me and asked me one simple question: “What’s going on with you?” The 15 minutes I spent with Dr. Yurcisin changed my life. I had a gastric sleeve on December 31, 2014 and never looked back. I am down 82 pounds and off all medication.
Not only is Dr. Yurcisin a caring, funny, understanding, all around awesome man, he is a Brilliant surgeon who saved my life. I am now in a fantastic place in my life. My children are healthy and happy and so am I. I feel amazing and my health issues are gone! If it weren’t for Dr. Yurcisin, Bella Baum, the staff at GSBWC and most importantly, my sister Kathleen Glorioso, I don’t know where I would be today. I am truly blessed.