My story to weight loss surgery began in the fall of 2012. I had always had weight issues and had tried many diets, lost and then gained over and over again. I had been diagnosed with Type II diabetes in May of 2012 and had been put on Metformin to control my sugar levels. My primary care physician suggest that I go to a gastroenterologist because my liver enzymes were extremely high and she wanted me to get it checked out. I was then scheduled for a liver biopsy and was diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a liver disease that acts as if I were an alcoholic. I measured at a state two, on a scale of one to four, four being cirrhosis. This was very scary to me and I was unsure as to what I needed to do.
There are no real studies about NASH other than it is related to obesity, and at this time I was at my highest weight of 287 pounds. The studies show that by losing the weight and keeping the weight off, the disease can be stopped or it can reverse itself. The alternative was cirrhosis or liver cancer. The gastroenterologist recommended that I look into weight loss surgery, so in January of 2013 I started the process of learning more about it and started the paperwork. However, I was not truly committed to the lifestyle can i buy phentermine online yahoo answers change, and it took me a year to completely be committed.
In January of 2014 I finally committed myself to living, and to the lifestyle changes. In order to live I needed to have weight loss surgery. In July of 2014 I had the Duodenal Switch surgery, and my life was changed forever. I am so happy I committed myself to getting healthy and making the choice to live. I am now at 150 pounds and I feel fantastic.
My life has changed in many ways. I fit in airline seats, amusement park rides, I can hike mountains, and I can play with my kids without feeling tired and overwhelmed. I feel like a new person who has a lot of life to live and it is because of RMAP and Dr. Rodrick McKinlay. I could not have asked for a better outcome than to be at a healthy weight, and have such a bright future ahead of me.
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