LOSS TO DATE:
Prior to having surgery, I had basically become immobile. At my heaviest, I weighed 325 lbs. I had uncontrolled diabetes; and at one point, my A1C was over 13. In addition, I had sleep apnea and was on medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol and 3 different medications for diabetes. Even though I had lost some weight, in my mind I knew that I was not doing well and was afraid that I would not live much longer if I continued the way that I had been. That is when I decided to pursue bariatric surgery.
When I first met Dr. Cheregi, I finally felt that I had hope. I felt an instant connection with Dr. Cheregi and came away from our meeting feeling that he truly cared and was not judgmental on how I had let my weight get out of control. What he cared about was “let’s get you healthy”. I will never forget those words.
Once the weight started coming off, I had immediate benefits to my health. One week after surgery, I was no longer taking anything for diabetes; and by the end of the first month, I was no longer taking any medication. I also no longer have sleep apnea. In addition, it was found during my surgery that I had cirrhosis due to a fatty liver. However, once I started losing the weight, this improved. I ended up losing a total of 148 lbs. I now take my dogs for walks, garden, and do whatever I want and choose to do without needing help. Even the type of exercise I do has changed. I started doing CrossFit about 1 ½ years ago. CrossFit is such a rewarding, complete workout, and I never thought I would be one for lifting weights, but I love it and love the muscles I’ve developed. Over time, I was able to lift 150 lbs.
While everyone’s weight loss journey is different, the one thing they will all say is having the right doctor is key. I was blessed the day I met Dr. Cheregi. He is with me every step of the way and is always available should I need anything or have any type of questions. He is personable, and you know instantly he truly cares about you not just as his patient, but more importantly as a person. I have had a successful journey and God-willing hope to continue with a healthy, fulfilling life. There hasn’t been one time when I regretted going down this path. My only regret…was that I didn’t do this sooner.
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