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I decided to pursue bariatric surgery because I was entering a new chapter in life with my kids grown and I knew I wanted to be healthy. I was daily struggling with joint pain and headaches and needed caffeine, sugar, and ibuprofen to get through the day. There is also a strong family history for diabetes, heart disease, etc. I had tried every diet possible for the past 15 years managing to only lose 20-30 lbs. I was ready to give up, but that would mean giving up on myself and I was worth more than that. I wanted a life where I was not surviving but thriving.
When I spoke with my primary care physician regarding my struggles with obesity and dieting, she handed me the business card for Dr. Cheregi’s office. I smiled because I already worked there. Even so, I still debated about taking that first step because I was so self-conscious. I kept debating all the reasons to pursue or not pursue this. Finally, I realized that my health and happiness were reason enough to pursue it. I then talked with Kiersten who encouraged me to watch an info seminar. It was then that my husband and I knew this was something I had to do not only for myself but also our future together.
Fast forward 1 year after surgery, and I am so incredibly happy! This has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I have lost a total of 105 lbs.! The changes I had to make like giving up my soda were difficult but not impossible. The more I saw the positive results from my lifestyle changes the easier it was to keep choosing those good habits. I came to the realization that I was now choosing myself over food. Because I made the lifestyle changes of exercising more and stopping emotional eating or bored eating and started being aware of what I was eating, I achieved weight loss that I had thought was never possible.
Bariatric surgery has totally changed my life for the better! It has changed my life in ways I hadn’t anticipated. I’m much happier, have more energy, more stamina, and I feel so much better about myself. I’m no longer dealing with daily leg, joint, or back pain and rarely have headaches. I have more spring in my step! The support that I have received from my husband and kids is amazing! They are all eating better. The ripple effect has touched my whole family and friends. I eat normal food, whatever I want as long as it stays within the parameters of my new way of eating. It’s a life change but the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices, 100 times over.
Dr. Cheregi is awesome! He has been my biggest cheerleader! He has never made me feel like a lesser person or embarrassed because of my weight. He has always made me feel that he is on my side and there to help in any way he can. He believes in the process. He believes in ME! I’m so thankful!
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