“Two years ago, I made a radical decision that changed the course of my life in more ways than I could count. I went to the informational meeting held by the Center for Weight Management at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, and never looked back.
At the time I was 51 years old and morbidly obese. I had recently retired from my job as a fire fighter and I was beginning to suffer the effects of my weight on my health. My joints were deteriorating under the 300 pound pressure. I was becoming pre-diabetic and suffered severe obstructive sleep apnea. I had to retire earlier than planned, as I knew that operating in my condition was beginning to endanger myself and my crew. I was depressed, had low self-esteem, and just felt plain terrible all the time.
I tried countless diets and weight loss programs. I would lose a substantial amount of weight, under unreasonable or unsustainable conditions, only to gain it all back and then some when I went back to my “old ways” of eating. I knew something had to change or my life expectancy - and quality - would be greatly reduced.
During COVID-19, people with obesity and some of the other comorbidities I had were the least likely to make it through the pandemic. Yet another reason why I appreciate myself, as well as the awesome staff at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Center for Weight Management, for deciding to do this. They helped me take action to save my life.
As I write this, I am 18 months out from my RNY Gastric Bypass surgery performed by Dr. Havaleshko and his team. I am currently holding at my goal weight of 185 pounds (which I haven’t seen since high school) and am feeling better than I have in 20 years. I truly feel that I have been given a new lease on life. I am no longer pre-diabetic, obese, nor do I suffer from sleep apnea. I feel unbelievable in my skin and clothes despite those previously being major sources of my depression.
The road traveled to this point was long and hard but worth every second! For those contemplating what seems like a drastic and scary step to becoming healthy, think about the alternative. This decision has provided me with lasting benefits that I have already realized, but also will provide countless benefits that I am sure I have yet to realize.”
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