July 2018 Patient of the Month

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

On July 30th, 2017 I weighed 432 lbs.  I was on blood pressure medicine, diuretics, cholesterol medicine, asthma medicine, and two types of diabetes medication 4 times a day.  I had difficulty doing the simplest things.  I had battled a diabetic ulcer on my left foot for 5 years.  I could barely walk or bend.  I had trouble getting back and forth to school or to do normal activities.  I was in a dark place with only down to go.  I was in real trouble.

.  .  .  then, I found hope.

In August of last year I met Dr. Yurcisin and Mike Caromano.  I was floored at the effort, time and understanding they demonstrated for me.  Dr. Yurcisin told me, "this is a happy place."  I knew that day that I had found the right people to help.  As we all do, I began my pre-surgery journey.  The support I received from all of Dr. Yurcisin's staff made every step seem easy.  I had my first surgery in November to remove my Lap-band and then my Loop Duodenal Switch on December 27, 2017.  

Almost immediately there was a difference.  The difference is not only in your anatomy but in your heart and in your mind.  I was ready for this.  I wanted this and I have not been disappointed.  I lost 20lbs in the first week, 42lbs in the first month and now six months after surgery am down 146lbs.  Before surgery I was a size 62.  I just put on a size 44 pair of jeans.  I walk everywhere and don't even consider how far.  I ride my bike 5 days a week.  My life is so much easier.  So much better.  Life is so much better, better than I thought it would ever be again.  The darkness is gone.  It is replaced by energy, hope and lots of smiles.  Thank you Garden State Bariatrics for all you have done for my family and me.  You all have truly created for me a "happy place!"

Michael Jordan

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