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Like so many others, I had struggled with maintaining a healthy weight my entire life. I was a chubby kid, chubby teen, chubby young adult….you get it. I have tried every diet ever, a few with some mild success, but the weight always found its way back to me. About 9 years ago, my husband was diagnosed with ALS, a disease with no treatment or cure. It hit me pretty hard that I absolutely HAD to get healthy, not just for me, but certainly for my kids.
In May 2017, I had a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. I had a wonderful surgeon and the procedure went smoothly, and I have been incredibly fortunate to have experienced great success! BUT, the journey has NOT been easy, and it is FAR from a magic bullet. There were a lot of emotional ups and downs, and were many times I doubted everything and was constantly afraid I would fail. About a year after surgery, I started to really feel like a different person. I had a new outlook, new perspective, new energy. I had NO idea that the physical and lifestyle change I was experiencing also had the potential to wreak absolute havoc on my mental and emotional well-being.
I went searching for a professional – someone who had experience in coping with the emotional aspects of major lifestyle change. I was shocked to find virtually nothing other than online support groups and message boards. It was then that I realized that I had found my life’s passion. I need to be there for others just like me who have made the very brave decision to take dramatic steps toward becoming healthy. Please give us a call for additional information!
If you are still in the planning phase and doing your surgery research, it’s not too soon to call me! I will work side by side with you during the often arduous application process, and can help you achieve any pre-requisite weight loss your Dr might prescribe.
After the procedure, you don’t only need to know how to eat, what to eat, when to eat. You don’t just need to go to a gym and walk on the treadmill a few days a week. These are of course, both paramount to success, but that’s not all you need. You also need emotional support. You will want someone to talk to that has gone through exactly what you have just endured. You’ll want someone to tell you that it gets easier in time. That you DO have what it takes to be successful. You CAN do this. That’s where I come in!
So, you’ve hit a plateau? Started to gain a few back? If so, you are definitely NOT alone. Unfortunately, bariatric surgery has a pretty high rate of failure. I believe this is because you aren’t adequately prepared before, and not properly supported after the procedure. You wouldn’t ever consider releasing an addict from rehab with no follow up plan! How are we letting bariatric surgery patients go home to a world where everyone else around them is “normal”, but nothing about them feels normal? Acclimating to an environment where all the previous triggers still exist, with no mitigation strategy is a huge roadblock to success.
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