"What the surgery does is make you stop and think. You realize that you're not taking away food, but you're giving yourself health. So your priorities change. I 'm so happy now that I feel almost guilty that I'm so happy. I lost more weight with my gastric bypass surgery than what I weight now."
I have always exercised and was always social, but there wasn't a day when I didn't wake up and say,"Today is the day that I'm going to lose weight." At times I was able to lose 70 lbs, 50 lbs, even 60 lbs, but then I
would gain it back even though I never stopped spinning. I was spinning and walking at 275 lbs and I still never stopped socializing. I wasn't a couch potato, but I was some type of closet
desert eater. I would spin and then get a cinnamon croissant. I was never a
sweet person. I was more into bread and cheeses. I was very disciplined, when I was disciplined, but then I would get off track. It really got worse after I had menopause, and I also went through a time taking care of elderly neighbors who had alzheimers. Then I had to shift my focus. Both of these incidents occurred at the same time. It seemed then, that my metabolism was not only at zero but almost working backwards, and I just couldn't get a handle on it. I also found all my joints were starting to hurt. The idea of not being active and my health being bad became the biggest issue because I love to be active and I love to be social.
So I began to get really focused on reading everything about bariatric surgery. First it was the journals not connected with Fairfield County Bariatrics, then it was Fairfield County Bariatrics' journals. I read about a woman who had lap band surgery and wrote about it for over 3 yrs. It inspired me to discover how she found the light, how she and other people worked up to having the surgery, and how their lives changed after it.
What the surgery does is make you stop and think. You realize that you're not taking away food, but you're giving yourself health. So your priorities change.
Its been 6 years this summer that I had the surgery, and I'm probably more fit than I was a year ago; even two years ago. As much as I want that freshly made sour dough bread with that olive oil, I ask myself what my joints are going to feel like, how it will also hurt my mind, and my body. I'm 62 and I don't want to do that to my body. I feel great and I want to continue feeling great.
I had sleep apnea which I wasn't aware of. The tests are an important ingredient in the process. I had the sleep apnea test at Norwalk Hospital and my heart stopped 52 times.
Since I've had my surgery my life has changed immensely. It brought someone back in my life that I hadn't seen for 39 years. This never would have happened
if I hadn't lost the weight. I had lost 70 pounds when I got a call from Carl asking,
"Do you remember me? We went to college together." It was August and I told
him that I was busy until October. I made up a story because I wanted to
lose more weight before I saw him. I finally did see him on Columbus Day in 2005
and we he's been in my life since. We've have done so much together. We ran the Marine Corps marathon. He bet me 5 bucks that I couldn't do it and I did do it. My father was a marine and still alive then, so that made it special. We've also completed a half marathon in Bermuda.
I've written a book about the transformation of my life; what it was about before, and what is like now after the surgery. I talk about Dr. Craig Floch and the important part he has played in my transformation. I remember getting so excited when I went to the seminar that I couldn't get through the process fast enough. His practice makes you feel like you're one of the family. Everyone there has been great in helping me get through it.
I've always been happy, but now I couldn't be happier. I 'm so happy now that I feel almost guilty that I'm so happy.
I remember getting so excited when I went to the seminar and I couldn't get through the process faster. Debbie was extremely good and helped me. Dr. Craig also helped me in the emergency room when my neighbor was ill. It feels like a family here, so that's been excellent. The people have been wonderful. I have friends in the Boston area that have gone forward with bariatric surgery because of me. She went to a center that specializes in it. Even though it sounded a little bit more structured, they didn't have the family type of support They have technically all of the support you need here, but I haven't used many of the support things because I have so much personal support outside. The "familyness" of Fairfield County Bariatrics was, and still is important.
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.