November 2017 Patient of the Month

November 2017 Patient of the Month Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

~ October 26, 2016 is what I call my NEW BIRTHDAY! ~

My name is Alicia and I would love to share my story with you about my weight and health issues, and how I overcame them.  I am 60 years old and have been fighting my weight and related health issues for at least 20 years. I started gaining weight just before menopause. I had gotten sick with peritonitis, which put me in the hospital.  I felt my energy deteriorate after that and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Not being able to move around as much caused me to gain weight.  I ended up with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, leading to all kinds of medications. 

I talked to my doctor about losing some weight, hoping to come off the medications. I tried every diet plan you can imagine, with just minor results. I was never a person who ate fast foods or unhealthy foods. No matter what I did, I just kept getting heavier! My doctor did some routine blood work which showed I had high blood sugar! I was sent to a pulmonary doctor and discovered I had sleep apnea!

I saw a friend of mine at work and noticed that she had been losing weight. She told me about  Dr. Bilof at GARDEN STATE BARIATRICS.  I checked out his website and read up on him. At my first appointment, I felt so welcomed and comfortable! The waiting room was so inviting, they had cold bottles of water, coffee, tea and candy. Yes, candy - sugarless, of course! The people that work there are like family, so friendly, helpful and most importantly, professional in every way! I want to thank every one of the staff at GSBWC. I went there with my husband who is my biggest supporter in my journey. I was 205lbs at my heaviest - I could hardly tie my shoes! October 26, 2016 is what I call my New BIRTHDAY! 

I have lost over 70lbs! I have so much energy, I can skip, jump, and run again! I feel half my age! I am very proud to say I am off my C Pap machine - no more snoring! No more high blood pressure and no more high cholesterol. My high blood sugar is also gone. I still have Fibromyalgia but it is now less painful and easier to manage. I owe this all to Dr. Bilof and such an amazing staff!

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