June 2018 Patient of the Month

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

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~~

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