January 2009 - Century Club Update

Here it is the first “Century Club” Update of 2009

I know it’s been a while since my last newsletter, and even longer since my last “Century Club” update.  To those of you new to the newsletter (we’ve added many subscribers over the last several months) let me explain what the Century Club is. 

The idea started with a conversation I had with a patient.  They were in the office for their routine post operative visit.  They were relating to me how proud they were about the progress they had made, and that they had managed to lose over 100 lbs.  I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to publicly acknowledge patients who had lost over 100 lbs….and so the Century Club was born.  The criteria for admission to this club is real simple….lose over 100 lbs and you’re in!  The way things are going however, I might have to start a double or maybe even triple century club!

For people reading this who have not yet had surgery, let me try to give you a sense of what it is like to lose one hundred lbs.  Imagine I put 100 lbs into a backpack and strapped it to your back and told you to walk around with it for a day,  how tired would you be?  Well if you are morbidly obese you are carrying around, at least 100 extra lbs….imagine how much energy you will have once you take that 100 lbs off!  That’s what you have to look forward to.

Since my last update was in September of last year I have a bunch of people to add to the list.  If I missed your name, please let me know so I can add you to the next update.

Anthony Cristo His Date of Surgery was 9/24/07 He has gone from  350 lbs to 204 lbs.  But most importantly from 160 units of insulin every day to zero units of insulin every day!  For any of you who are diabetic you know how amazing that is.

Brandy Petrush  has lost 141 lbs going for a total of200….Keep going Brandy!
Shannon Guillemette total weight loss is now 147 lbs since June 2008…..WOW congratulations!
Jessica Urbanski   has lost 103 lbs in 18 mos.
Erin Beirne  114 lbs since surgery August 2004
Sharon Graziani  Date of Surgery 3/7/07    Weightwent from 253 to 146 on 11/20/08
Mary Rode   Date of Surgery 7/11/07   from 259 lbs to158 lbs
Carolyn Hughes  Date of Surgery 4/7/08.    Total weight loss is 106 lbs  (293 to187)  and now off all diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterolmedications……Drug free!!

James Buttros welcometo the century club  310 to 210  Date of Surgery 4/16/08  and mostimportant….no more diabetes.

MariaIbanez  Date of surgery 1/7/08   278 lbs to 156 lbs
Richard Tommas  Date of surgery 4/11/08  281 lbsto 176 lbs

Ferima Chestnut Had a gastric banding on 4/18/05 and has gone from 292 to 191…and most important has kept the weight off for 4 years now!

Salena Paredes Had surgery on 10/26/05 and has gone from 288 lbs to 163 lbs
Lena Perez has lost 136 lbs (290to 154) Date of Surgery 10/07
Maria Ferreira   267 lbs prior to surgery, then had surgery March 2006  Now152   “I’ve never felt better”

MartinSoldivieri   Date of Surgery  May 2007  down 122 lbs as of 10/2/08
Raizel Sweetman Has lost158 lbs since her surgery on 11/08/06
HenriettaBennett  Has lost 116 lbs since August 2006.

Congratulations to all of you!

Reading thru the list the thing I would like to draw your attention to, is not just the weight lost but the improvement in people’s well being.  I hope that sense of improved well being comes thru….patients off medications and feeling better than ever is really the most important outcome.

Support Group:

On Wednesday February 25th we have a plastic surgeon, Joseph Fodero, for the speaker at our support group.  This is always a popular topic, so if plastic surgery is something you are considering you may want to come and check it out.  It will be at 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ, which is the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) starting at 6 pm.

Today’s end quote is something I need to remind myself of from time to time,

“Remember this—very little is needed to make a happy life”
Marcus Aurelius

Thanks for reading and trusting me with your healthcare,
Michael Bilof

Contact Information

web site address: https://www.gsbwc.com
phone: (973) 218-1990

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