Angela’s Weight Loss Story
Six months ago, on June 27, 2014, I had RNY gastric bypass surgery, performed by Dr. Abkin at Morristown Memorial Hospital. I could not be happier with my new life!I first came into Dr. Abkin’s office at 418 lbs. My highest weight was 426 lbs. I had been considering surgery for a very long time, and had met Dr. Abkin and Pat at a weight loss surgery seminar a couple of years prior. I had my initial consultation, but still had some work to do. I needed to lose some weight on my own and work around some insurance issues. While my surgery was certainly “medically necessary” my employer excluded the surgery from their coverage.
Dr. Abkin’s office was supportive right from the start. With the help of Carmen and Laura, I participated in the medically supervised Optifast plan to drop 30 lbs before surgery, Ryan in the insurance department answered dozens of my questions. Natalia helped me get all of my medical requirements squared away. Matt and the rest of the front office staff helped me keep my sanity, Anna Marie counseled and educated me on nutrition without making me feel hopeless or humiliated. Pat encouraged me to keep going with her inspiring words.
Prior to surgery I was borderline diabetic, had high blood pressure, lymphedema, high cholesterol and severe abstractive sleep apnea. By my three month appointment several issues were resolved or resolving. Today I weigh 302 lbs. I have gone from a size 5x top and 36 pants to a size 2x top and 26 pants.
Dr. Abkin has given me an amazing tool. With it I have much more energy, exercise regularly and eat healthy. While always humbled by it, I am not a slave to my food addiction. I no longer feel humiliated and embarrassed when I go to a doctor, a restaurant, or a store.
I am not done with my weight loss, but the number on the scale no longer has control over me. I focus on how my clothes fit, and the energy I feel. I focus on my blood work and vital signs. I use my new friends in the office support groups to carry me through the rough times, and when I have a question or a concern I call the office.
My relationships and my confidence are improving in leaps and bounds every day. I look forward to six months from now, when I can give yet another positive update. Again, a huge thanks not only to Dr. Abkin, but to his great staff.