"This has changed my life and I don't feel like a failure anymore. I feel just like me again. This has given me back my life." - Linda
I was tired all of the time. If I sat down on the floor I could not get back up. I'd have to crawl and pull myself back up on a chair. I had very bad osteoporosis in my back and my knee. I couldn't walk a long distance without having to sit down. I was constantly out of breath and sweaty. Even walking up a flight of stairs in my house would make me out of breath. I felt like I was a miserable failure every day.
I was at my daughter's wedding, and I looked around and I saw my daughter Stephanie, who was the bride, and my daughter Liz, who was the maid of honor, and realized everyone was grown up, beautiful, and happy. I had done a good job and I realized that there was no reason for me to be fat any more. My children were going to have children, who would be my grandchildren, and I wasn't going to be able to participate in their lives. I wanted to be a healthy young grandma and not an obese, not well grandma, with high pressure that wouldn't allow me to be involved. Now my daughter is expecting a baby in November of this year, and I could be a good healthy grandma.
I have so much more confidence in everything that I do everyday. I feel that my husband and I rekindled our friendship and are having fun. I tried always to be upbeat, but there were so many things I couldn't do, that I was anxious all of the time. Now I'm up for anything. I have more confidence at work. I have more confidence in my relationships. I don't feel like a failure. I feel just like me again.
My general practitioner had told me several years ago about Fairfield County Bariatrics and mentioned that he had several patients who came here, and that this was the place to go to. In 2007 I got a job at Norwalk Hospital, so it kind of flowed that if I was going to have this done it would be done here. I also met a patient of Dr. Floch's who worked at Norwalk Hospital and had the surgery with him. She told me how wonderful Dr. Floch's office was. The minute I met Dr. Neil Floch I knew that he was the guy. The people in his office are fantastic. When you call, your calls are immediately returned. I had questions and all of my questions were answered. Everyone in his practice is caring, loving and non-judgmental. It's like having your own cheerleading squad. Everyone is "so for you." It doesn't matter if it is, or isn't, a loss of 100 lbs. It's about being supportive of the other person.
I didn't know what the right procedure was for me, and I felt that Dr. Floch got to know me as a person and what my needs were. We discussed the options. He made his recommendations and we made the decision together. When I go to the seminars people ask why I made the decision that I did. The answer I always give is that my doctor and I decided together what was the best for me, and what would afford me the best success. Its not that you are just another patient in Dr. Floch's practice. Everyone is an individual and everyone feels like you are the only patient.
This has changed my life. This has given me back my life. I'm the care giver. I'm the nurturer. I was always taking care of everybody else, and by taking care of me now, there is actually more of me to go around, because there is less of me to be involved in everyone else's life. I am able to do what I like to do best, which is love my family and my friends.
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.