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Gastric Sleeve success: Sarah P. (32)

BARIATRIC
PROCEDURE:

Sleeve Gastrectomy

EXCESS WEIGHT
LOSS TO DATE: 

160 lbs

BARIATRIC
SURGEON:

Dr. John Cheregi

If I had to rate my experience with Dr. Cheregi on a scale of 1-5, I would want to give him a 6. Seriously, he took all my fears away. From the moment I met him, I knew he would take care of me.

My Journey

I had thought about weight loss surgery for years. At just 8 years old, I weighed well over 100 pounds; and by the time I got married, I was 250 pounds. I mentioned having weight loss surgery to my husband, and he always supported me with what I wanted to do. However, I couldn’t get over what others might have thought of me. You know, the talking behind my back, the “she took the easy way out”, or “why can’t she just do it on her own”. But worst of all, I was afraid of people treating me differently after I lost the weight.

Fast forward to 2016, I finally decided that enough was enough. I had 2 kids and weighed 310 pounds, and I couldn’t keep up with them. I felt like I was failing them. My husband worked hard at his physically demanding job and had to come home and do most of the house work because I had no energy to do it.

That first information session was all I needed to know that I should have done this years earlier. After speaking with a few people about Dr. Cheregi, I knew that he wouldn’t treat me poorly. I knew he was going to save me. I knew he wouldn’t make me feel horrible about how much I weighed, and I knew he would support me.

On the day of my surgery, I was both nervous and excited. Dr. Cheregi was so kind to me that day. He made me feel like this was the best decision I had made for myself, and it was! I can’t believe how quickly the weight came off. I reached my goal weight in just 16 months. The people in my life fully supported my choice to have surgery. Everyone made sure that I had what I needed food-wise whenever we got together. It even helped them make better decisions about what they were putting in their body. I started at 310 pounds, and now weigh 150 pounds. I am maintaining that 160-pound weight loss by continuing to follow the plan provided to me by Dr. Cheregi. I never want to go back.

When I’m asked how surgery changed my life, I am now more outgoing because I am not hiding anymore. I am able to keep up with my kids, exercise, take family walks, and do anything I want to! My weight no longer holds me back! I am so much more in love with life, and it shows.

So, if I had to rate my experience with Dr. Cheregi on a scale of 1-5, I would want to give him a 6. Seriously, he took all my fears away. From the moment I met him, I knew he would take care of me. Anyone considering having surgery should do it! Don’t be afraid. Don’t let what others might think cloud your judgement of what is best for you. Dr. Cheregi put me at ease, and I know he will do the same for you. He is a great person and surgeon. His bedside manner is top notch! A BIG THANKS to Dr. Cheregi for changing my life and the indirect help for making my family make better choices. YOU ROCK!

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