03 Jan Jessica Carpenter
Hopeless, that is how I felt at the beginning of 2015. I was starting another year reflecting on the weight I hadn’t lost in the previous year and thinking about the weight I wanted to lose that year. My weight has been a problem for me since I was 5; I was always the “you have such a pretty face you just need to lose the weight” girl. In March 2015 something changed and I knew if I didn’t change I wouldn’t be there for my family. So I did my research on different bariatric centers in the area and I read so many great things about Georgetown Community Hospital Bariatric Program. I went to an information session and something in my heart told me this was not only the right decision for me but it was also the right place. The people at Georgetown were always kind, prompt and put the patient’s first. I remember the day I got the call that I had been approved; I cried tears of joy because I could see a long happy and healthy life ahead of me. I chose to have my surgery on birthday in 2015; I thought there isn’t a better way to start off another year of life. I have been so blessed to have the support of all my family and all my friends. Life has changed so much for me since May 2015, I can walk and even run, I am healthier (I no longer have sleep apnea or have to take acid reflux medicine), I can wear beautiful clothes (I love fashion) and I can take care of my family. Before surgery I was a 26/28 in pants and a 3X/4X in tops, I am so happy to now be an 18/20 in pants and a XL in tops. Although I still have weight I want to lose, the journey has been amazing, but it hasn’t always been easy. I was blessed with a great tool, but I still have to make the conscious decision to choose healthy and nutritious foods that compliment that tool. When New Year’s Day 2016 came it was truly strange that for the first time in probably 20+ years I was not making a resolution to lose weight. Instead I made a resolution to live a happy and healthy life. Having Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy weight loss surgery was honestly the best decision I have ever made for me and my family. Dr. Smith and Cindy and everyone at Georgetown Bariatrics are wonderful and I will forever be grateful for the surgery that saved my life!
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.