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.
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.