June 2018 Patient of the Month
I have battled weight my whole life. I would manage to lose, then gain it back, plus some. It was a constant roller coaster. I have always been a very positive, upbeat person, who takes whatever life throws at you. However, about a year ago, I had hit an all-time low. I was at the point of not even wanting to look at myself in the mirror. I was not happy with myself. I was embarrassed out in public. I would hear snide comments or see someone laugh at me and my insecurities would rise. In addition, I have Multiple Sclerosis and could feel my legs getting weaker. I was barely making it up the stairs, never mind going for a walk or exercising. I decided to meet with Dr. Yurcisin. I walked out of that appointment ready to make a change and with a vengeance. He laid it all out for me; the work I would have to put in, but that he and his staff would be there every step of the way.
On October 23, 2017 I had Gastric Sleeve. I was 270 pounds. I promised myself that was the last time I would ever see that weight. 7 months later, I am down 102 pounds; and 60 inches (I lost a 5 foot person). I have learned how to eat, make good food choices, and treat my body with the care it deserves. My legs no longer hurt; I don't get winded walking up steps; I actually just completed my 4th week of CrossFit, and am starting on my next 4 weeks.
Having surgery was the best decision I ever made. I stop and actually smile at myself in the mirror now. When I am out in public, I am not hiding anymore. I am confident, secure and so happy to have my life back. The positive person I always was has intensified and I hope whoever is reading this decides to do it; you owe it to yourself. You only get one chance at life, embrace it.
I'm incredibly thankful to Dr Yurcisin, and the amazing team at Garden State Bariatrics! I am so excited to continue this journey to the best possible version of me! Watch out world, I'm coming.
~~ Nicole Pica~~