LOSS -YEAR 1:
At 24 years old, I never thought I would’ve been sitting in a doctor’s office talking about what high blood pressure medication to start taking. That’s when I decided to change my life. I looked into weight loss surgery about three years prior and was told that my insurance wouldn’t cover it. I tried numerous diets, medications, and different doctors but nothing seemed to work. I got a new job which meant I had different insurance and decided to give it another try. I felt like this was my only chance at a healthy life. I needed direction and that is what I got.
With a BMI of 47 and weighing 315 pounds, I was approved for weight loss surgery! I decided then that this was it. I was going to do it. All or nothing. With the tremendous help of Dr. Cheregi’s bariatric team, they made that dream come true. On August 8, 2019, I had the sleeve gastrectomy! People frequently ask me if it works and I tell them that it does if you want it to. It is a tool for success! Dr. Cheregi and his team have put together a state-of-the-art program to individually fit every person that walks through their door. They made it effortless with help every single step of the way from my first foot in the door of the information seminar to even now a year after surgery.
I got to stop taking my hypertension medication two weeks post-op and have gone from a size 26 in dresses and pants to a size 6. I have lost a total of 170 pounds and am considered “healthy” for the first time ever in my life with a BMI of 21! I lost 40 pounds pre-surgery and 130 lbs. in one year after surgery!) I no longer have the fear of if the seatbelt will fit or if there’s a weight limit or worry about if the store will have my size. Dr. Cheregi’s passion and dedication shine as he is one of my top supporters throughout this journey, and I will forever be thankful for him. I am now healthier and happier than ever and think about how lucky I am to have had this opportunity every single day. No one said it would be easy, but it was definitely worth it!
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