July 2020 Patient of the Month

July 2020 Patient of the Month Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

When I stepped on the scale and saw that I was approaching 300 lbs. I couldn’t believe it and knew I had to do something about it.

I have been overweight my whole life but in May of 2019 I was at my heaviest weight ever 295 lbs. I became a first time grandmother in March of 2019 and wanted to see my granddaughter grow up.  I decided to make an appointment at Garden State Bariatrics with Dr. Yurcisin. I had my consultation on May 7, 2019 that’s when my journey to turn my life around began.  I went to see Dr. Yurcisin and I told him my goal was to lose 100 lbs. He explained to me the 3 procedures that they do and I decided on the gastric sleeve.  My surgery was scheduled for August 14, 2019. The surgery went well and I was ready to take on a new way of life.

My main source of exercise is walking, I bought myself a Fitbit to keep track of my steps and try to do at least 10,000 steps per day. The only thing that I wanted for Christmas was a bike and did receive one and use that also.  On June 23, 2020 I went for a follow up and my weigh in was at 193 lbs. down 102 lbs. I hit my goal! I set my next goal to 181 lbs. because Dr. Yurcisin told me at my consultation with the procedure I was having I could get down to that weight and I laughed but it isn’t that far away now.

Always have faith in yourself, keep your chin up, and you can do it.  Stay positive and when they have the monthly support meetings make it a point to go and hear everyone’s input and experiences because you learn something new everyday.  Good luck and I hope you’re journey is as successful as mine.

Thank you Dr. Yurcisin, Michael, Julie, Anna, Brandy and Jessica the team at GSB in Toms River for the guidance through this whole process, I couldn’t have done it without you.  I highly recommend this practice to lead you on your way to a healthier future.

Diane Andrukite

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