September 2017 Patient Of The Month

September 2017 Patient Of The Month Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

I guess you can say that I am an OG of gastric bypass surgery.  I had my surgery on April 12, 2006 and never looked back. I could not have imagined that 11+ years later I would be able to maintain my weight loss after numerous failed attempts in the past.  As an obese person I had many ailments including high blood pressure, high cholesterol (which required medication), shortness of breath, swollen feet (including gout), heavy menstrual cycles, loud snoring and many more.  It was such a struggle being obese.  Even the simplest tasks were a struggle.

I went from 278lbs to 146lbs. I've gone from wearing a size 26 to a size 6/small.  I've accomplished many milestones in my 11 year journey, but the biggest was having my son.  He's eight years old and, other than a few pictures, he has never seen me as an obese person.  I am determined that he never will.  I am also determined to raise him healthy.  He takes karate and he just started football.  I made a habit of drinking water and not so much soda. It's a work in progress, but we're making strides.  

NEVER GIVE UP NO MATTER WHAT OBSTACLES YOU MAY FACE.

There's no quick fix, no perfect diet, no magical pill for weight loss surgery.  Weight loss surgery is not an easy way out. After 11 years, I have not made it to home base, and I never will.  This is a positive thing.  For me, it's important not to get too comfortable or have the notion that I have beaten the odds of obesity.  This is a life-long commitment and patients need to be aware of this.  Follow-up is extremely important, whether it's with the surgeon that did your surgery or your primary care doctor. 

With the help of Dr. Bilof and his staff, I was able to overcome a major hurdle.  But I know that I will always be a work in progress, and I am comfortable with that!

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