I chose weight loss surgery because I was miserable. I was small and athletic growing up and I am unsure what went wrong or how I gained all the weight. I went to a personal trainer for a long time and lost some weight, but it came right back. Enough was enough and I needed to do something permanent!
I chose Yuma Regional Medical Center because a friend had her surgery there. She told me about the monthly informational meetings and I attended. Everything got started quickly.
My experience was great. I was back to work in one week. I have never gotten sick or had food “stuck.” I love everyone there. They are friendly and extremely helpful. I will never find another surgeon like Dr. Candice Jensen and a support team like Rebecca and Carmen.
I have so much more energy now! I can go to the gym and not feel uncomfortable with my body. I can work out and not have problems. I have asthma and rarely use my inhaler now, which is awesome! In addition, my self-esteem is better and my husband has said that I am not as negative. He said he felt like he was “cheating” on his wife when he came home from deployment because I was a very different person.
When my husband got home from deployment, we went on vacation and I hiked up several mountains! I used to hike a long time ago, but stopped because I got so big and it was too hard. This one mountain kicked my butt last year and was extremely difficult for me; well I tried again and I had no problems at all. I wanted to hike another. It was an awesome feeling! I have lost 75 pounds after 12 months and I’m still losing weight.