"I kayak, petal boat and a myriad of other exercises that I had avoided
for a lifetime."
My entire life (except for my senior year in high school), I was overweight
and soared to the extreme of being morbidly obese. Unlike many, I was
not on medication and had no co-morbidities however, because of my weight
I needed both knees replaced and endured chronic pain that became unbearable.
My orthopedic said I had to lose a minimum of 100 pounds prior to knee
replacement. I had fought with my health insurance provider because they
specifically excluded weight loss treatment so after losing my 6th appeal, I decided to self-pay for weight loss surgery in September 2016
and was Dr. Sebastien’s first Duodenal switch (DS) procedure patient.
Since then I have had both knees replaced, have lost 225 pounds from my
highest weight and went from requiring assistance of a bariatric walker
to take every step from the car to the couch to now being able to walk
5Ks. I participated in and won city sponsored team weight loss challenges
2 years in a row. I kayak, petal boat and a myriad of other exercises
that I had avoided for a lifetime. I no longer experience anxiety traveling
because I can walk through an airport unassisted, fit in a seat and buckle-up
without requiring an extender. I can go on cruises and walk from the ship
to the port and enjoy excursions. I can navigate through a crowded restaurant
and fit in a booth or sit at a tall top table. I have enjoyed movies,
concerts and Broadway shows, high school, college and professional games,
NASCAR and PGA events – “no thank you” is no longer
my only response to invitations! I can shop in department stores but am
a little offended that a size 12 is in the large/extra-large section.
I sincerely appreciate the provision of aftercare and wrap around services
to include counseling and continued nutrition/dietary support. I still
struggle to meet my protein, water and vitamin requirements so I take
advantage of the services that East Coast Bariatrics not only offers but
encourages their patients to use and benefit from.
I have always had the love and support of my family and friends and now
my healthier lifestyle allows me to enjoy new experiences and make memories
with them. For that I am FOREVER grateful to Dr. Sebastien and his staff!
Sincerely, Karen W
"I have enjoyed movies, concerts and Broadway shows, high school,
college and professional games, NASCAR and PGA events – “no
thank you” is no longer my only response to invitations!"