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Shared Success Story- Andrea R.

Posted On : July 22, 2015

Since I was about 10 yrs old I have struggled with weight. I was always the chubby kid in class, and as I got older I was always the chubby friend. Being overweight didn’t affect me until I hit 220lbs at 15 years old, and as you know, kids can be mean and hurtful. At 18 years old I had my first child, during that time I dropped a little weight then ended up gaining it back and more. At the age of 19 I was sitting at 250lbs.

Fast forward 3yrs, I had my second child and once again, I lost weight just to gain back double what I lost. So now, at the age of 22 I was up to about 290lbs. Every day life became a struggle. I tried my best to stay active, but being overweight made me tired and made me feel like hiding. Over those years I tried everything from low carb diets, to diet pills, to b12 shots, and Weight Watchers; you name it, I tried it. Finally, I was fed up! I couldn’t take it anymore and I was ready to look into different options. I was 26 years old, 5ft 8inches tall, and a mother of 2 who just wanted to be active and healthy for my kids.

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I decided that weight loss surgery was what I needed to do. At this point I was morbidly obese and at my highest of 326lbs. I met with Dr. Keshishian, and after going through the consultation we decided the duodenal switch would be the best option for me. On August 26th, 2013, I had my surgery weighing in at 306lbs. Dr. Keshishian is amazing! I didn’t have any complications. I was able to drink and eat small amounts normally.

Since having the surgery, just shy of the 2 year mark, I am now down to 178lbs. My life has changed so much since losing the weight! I honestly can’t describe how grateful I am that I was able to have the surgery withScreen Shot 2015-07-20 at 1.55.13 PM such an amazing Dr. and staff. Anytime I had a question or concern they were willing to hear me out and do whatever they could to assist me. Since losing the weight I am able to be the active mother I wanted to be for myself and my kids. Now I’m taking the steps needed to ensure my kids learn healthy eating habits and helping them understand how important exercise is.
Andrea R.

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