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A Bariatric Success Story: How Taneisha Overcame All Odds and Got Her Life Back for Her Children

September 16, 2021

Before bariatric surgery, I was incapacitated and in relentless pain. I suffered injuries and a myriad of health problems – including congestive heart failure and several hospitalizations – due to my weight. Now, I’m getting my life back.

For years, my doctors encouraged me to consider bariatric surgery, but I didn’t think it was for me. I was too afraid something would go wrong. My heart failure scare was my wake-up call. While I was in the hospital, my doctors told me my children needed me. They were right.

Getting to surgery was an uphill battle. I went through the process multiple times, as it kept getting postponed. The first time around, something personal came up. The second time, life was so hectic, and I felt overwhelmed. Then, the pandemic hit, and elective surgeries stopped. I started to doubt whether it was meant to be.

Thankfully, I didn’t give up. My long-awaited surgery finally happened this past April, and the process went smoothly.

I can’t commend Dr. Adeshola Fakulujo enough for all he did and continues to do for me. Before surgery, he went out of his way to comfort me and ease my concerns. He was patient and endearing. He was there every step of the way, ensuring my safety. I knew I was in good hands. Even after surgery, he’s addressed any concerns and problems I’ve had. He didn’t just write me off. He and his staff have truly made a huge difference in my care.

Recovery was difficult at first, but nowhere near as bad as I expected. I’m still early on in my journey – and I’m still healing – but I feel better every day. So far, I’ve lost around 120 pounds.

Some of my biggest achievements are basic things that many of take for granted. I can take care of myself again. There were many things I needed assistance with before, including cooking and taking care of personal hygiene. I also had an elbow injury that caused severe pain and hindered much of my upper-body capability. Now, the pain is virtually gone, and I can use my arm again.

I have made lifestyle modifications, particularly in terms of what I eat and holding myself accountable. However, I’m still learning what works for me. It’s been challenging to turn away cultural/traditional foods at family gatherings, but you have to find a way to explain to family members why you’re doing what you’re doing. You have to stick to your guns.

If you’re considering bariatric surgery, do your homework. Research, ask questions, and get all the answers you need. Make sure you’re comfortable and that you’re doing what’s best for you. If it takes years, that’s okay. Don’t give up.

As much as I had to endure during the process, I will never regret having this surgery and taking this “leap of faith.” It’s given me more time to be here with my children and pride in my life. We recently took a trip to a theme park, and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t rent a scooter. I walked. Each step was my own. I watched as my son had a blast, and he was proud of me. It was such a great feeling.

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