"I don't want to sit on the side any more. I want to get up and go for it!"
As a professional baton twirler, I didn't struggle with my weight until later in life. When I ended such an active career, I packed on the pounds. I knew it was time to make a change after suffering several mini strokes and blood clots in my legs.
I've tried every fad and crash diet you can name, but nothing stuck. Dr. Salzberg put me at ease immediately and we decided on a Gastric Sleeve procedure. The staff at the center has been wonderful; they truly want you to succeed.
Since the surgery, I have lost about 75 pounds. My chronic joint pain has disappeared. My arthritis, blood pressure and sleep apnea have improved dramatically. It's definitely not a magic pill, but your results motivate you to do the other work, like exercise and stick to the nutrition plan.
No more black, frumpy clothes for me! I actually want to participate in life now and not hide in the corner. Recently I even decided to revisit some old passions and picked up a pair of tap shoes. I've been having so much fun with them and my batons…not at the same time, of course. I am thrilled to be able to do more and to be more for my friends and family. When you feel this good, it allows you to offer more to those you love.
If you're considering bariatric surgery, make sure to choose the right doctor—personally, I think that's Dr. Salzberg. Talk to people who have been through it; the support group Riverside offers is a great place to get more information and hear from people who have been where you are. If you decide it's for you, go for it!