21 Mar Chelsea Emmons
I just want to tell my story to let everyone know how great this program is……My highest weight was 348 lbs. at the age of 25 years old. Looking back on photos as a child, I was always that chubby kid in all the family pics. Although I had tons of friends that was always telling me how beautiful I was and we had lots of fun growing up, there was always that obstacle….my weight! Growing up, I could never fit in rides at the fair or do a lot of physical activities that my friends did. But, I still kept pushing on hoping for a miracle. I just kept chugging on…always looking for that bigger chair at the movies or in college, the table. Having to take a nurse with me on my senior trip to monitor my blood pressure was an awful feeling.
I tried diet pills and Diet after diet…failed! My life was just passing me by getting unhealthy by the minute. Slowly becoming sicker and getting diagnosed with diabetes, thyroid issues, high blood pressure, female issues, bowel issues, exploratory surgery and only 24 years old. I eventually kept isolating myself because I was just so embarrassed to go out anywhere because of the way I looked. At one point, I was specifically told that I should just have a hysterectomy and that would be the healing factor in all of this. They also told me I would never be able to have children.
I finally started reading up on some surgery options. I knew it was going to be a long process but I wanted to get my life back and in a hurry! I made a call and talked to a very nice lady that gave me a tone of information! Oh how I was ready to do this! I finally got my first seminar scheduled and of course my mom was right by my side! My first seminar was online and that put the fuel to my fire! I thought this through and at my age, I felt that I could make a rash decision and it was my life and future that I put in front of it all.
The process took around a year of paperwork, seminars, insurance and several appointments and lots of video’s and education about the surgery. The whole
staff was great and there isn’t enough words to describe how caring, understanding and informational they ALL were. They are a team and they sure do hold up to that word. The seminars were so detailed and informing about the good and the bad that we would experience and they nailed every aspect of it as if they went through it with me. It was like clockwork, everything just fell into place just like they explained.
I started my liver shrinking diet in January, which wasn’t pleasant because again, it was a struggle, but I did it. February 6th was my surgery date and I was ready! I went in to surgery weighing 334 lbs. The surgery went well and I was out and awake just as they expected. I left the hospital weighing in at 319 and I never looked back.
Just one month after surgery, my blood pressure was normal, my sugars were normal, and my stomach and bowel issues were mysteriously gone! Also, exactly 2 month after surgery my menstrual cycle started and has been on point since. I am basically cured and a healthy 27 year old. Also, all my labs are perfect! Never have I had this happen in my whole adult life.
Today, October 8, 2017 I am weighing in at 180 lbs. With 100% dedication and doing everything they laid out there for me, I am down 154 lbs. That’s 88% of my body fat GONE!. I went from a size 26 to a size 11 in pants. And a 3x in shirt to a M. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would ever say those numbers referring to myself.
Dr. Smith and the team at Georgetown Bariatrics, thank you is an understatement compared to what you all have done for me! YOU GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK AND I AM READY TO LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!!!
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Results may vary. Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes.