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Claudia and Amanda

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"Today is a lot better than it was before we had our bypass surgeries. We offer each other support and lift each others' spirits."

- Claudia and Amanda

Before Claudia and Amanda had their surgery with Dr. Craig Floch, Amanda's sister had it, as well as several of her friends. They all said their experiences were great, and they felt very comfortable coming to Fairfield County Bariatrics. They liked the way everything was done before and after surgery. It made them feel that everything was going to be OK when they actually would have the surgery.

Prior to her surgery, Claudia was suffering from health issues, including sleep apnea and snoring, the onset of high blood pressure, aches in her knees, lack of energy and depression. Performing everyday tasks was an effort and painful. Walking, going up and down stairs and bending down to pick something up was exhaustive and painful.

Now, after her bypass surgery, she is no longer on a machine for sleep apnea and the snoring has stopped. She is able to walk and climb stairs without discomfort and pain. Claudia is now more energetic and feels like a new person. Instead of feeling like an old lady she feels like a young person and is much more confident in social situations.

Before Amanda's surgery, she was healthy but unhappy. Her weight hindered her happiness, leaving her in a constant depressed state. She always saw eating as a chore and was able to get through an entire day on just one meal. She only ate when she was hungry and that wasn't often. Because she was literally starving her body she continued to pack on the pounds when she did eat, making her more and more depressed. Amanda was an active dancer so she was getting lots of exercise, but her unhealthy eating habits were making life more difficult. When Amanda decided to have the surgery she realized that it was a decision she had to make for herself in order to improve how she felt about herself. She knew it wasn't going to be an easy fix because she would have to re-teach herself how to eat correctly.

Since the surgery Amanda now has at least three meals a day, making sure that each meal is chock full of protein. Cooking all of her meals and always trying something different makes her want to eat. She enjoys cooking, trying new dishes, and finds that the meals are not boring. Eating is no longer a chore. She now says that she looks in the mirror without disgust and says,"Damn I look good!" There are days when she doesn't feel up to par but her mom is always there to help lift her spirits. She is a great support for her and Amanda believes she couldn't have done it without her. So, they support each other, and provide encouragement to each other, knowing that today is a lot better than it was before they had their surgeries. Amanda's career has improved because people no longer automatically assume that she can't do things because of her weight. She is more comfortable with herself and finds it easier now to interact with people in her work environment.

Almost every weekend Claudia and Amanda try to do something different and out of the house. It may just be a walk and some private time enjoying each other's company. It gets them out of the house and moving, which is something they seldom did before. Having both had the surgery, they share a mutual understanding of the process of adjusting to a new lifestyle. They help push each other in the right direction. They are both looking forward to a trip to Disney and for the first time they are not afraid of not fitting on the rides.

Disclaimer: All before and after photos on our website show real patients who have lost weight through Fairfield County Bariatrics. These results are typical but not guaranteed. Your individual results will vary in terms of weight loss amount and duration to achieve the weight loss.

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