Aimee’s New Life

October 10th, 2013

For as long as I could remember, I’ve struggled with my weight.

Having a weight problem was a trait I inherited from both sides of my family. As a child I was always chubby. When I graduated high school I was 125 lbs but I was heavier compared to others in my class. I went through my 20s, 30s and into my 40s gaining and losing, gaining and losing, finally reaching my all time heaviest—275 lbs. Being 5'5”, that made me MORBIDLY OBESE!

In January of 2012, I had a friend mention she was interested in having weight loss surgery, and asked if I would do it with her. I have known several people who have undergone weight loss surgery in the past and had amazing results; however, I wasn't sure whether or not my medical provider would cover the procedure. I attended an information seminar in February and I was made aware I had 100% coverage. I immediately scheduled my first appointment with Dr. Deepu Sudhakaran at New Life Weight Loss Center on April 1st.

On July 5, 2012, I had the Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass surgery and have never looked back. I am no longer diabetic and I no longer suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea. My current weight is 160 pounds. I have shrunk from a size 22 jeans to a size 12. I still have a goal to lose another 10 lbs, but I am beyond happy where I am. I have more energy, more confidence and of course I look much better and happier!

Thank you to my friend, Michelle for suggesting we embark on this journey together, thank you to Dr. Sudhakaran, the entire staff at New Life Weight Loss Center in Herrin, the nursing staff at Herrin Hospital and my wonderful friends and supportive family. I haven't had any problems since surgery and I have had absolutely no reservations or regrets. Every day is a new day full of choices to make and I’ve started a new life making the right ones.

Aimee Nance, 45 years old, Cobden, IL

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