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Jackie Rooney - Healthier Life, Healthier Me

August 20, 2020

I’ve always struggled with my weight, partially because I live with a lot of autoimmune complications. I’ve always known I would have to make a change, I just didn’t know how, until I met Dr. Louis Balsama. 

The biggest “push” behind my decision to have weight-loss surgery was my son. I have two young sons, the eldest of which has autism. I know I’m going to need to be there for him as he grows older. In order to do that, I had to start making healthier choices.

As soon as I attended Dr. Balsama’s information seminar, I knew it was a good fit. It’s been around three years since I had my surgery, and I’ve lost a total of 110 pounds!

My life has changed tremendously. I’m much happier, I’m better at making healthy choices, and I’m proud of my accomplishments. My biggest victory, however, is being there for my kids.

Maintaining my new lifestyle definitely takes a lot of conscious effort, but it’s all worth it. It’s important to be aware of what you’re consuming and how much you’re moving. Working with a dietitian taught me how to properly do this – how to create a healthier relationship with food. It also helped me curb many of my poor eating habits that were keeping me from living up to my true potential.

Having the right care team by your side is also key. Dr. Balsama and his team are down-to-earth and understanding. They let me have space to feel my emotions, without pitying me. They’re encouraging in a way that makes me want to be accountable.

If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, don’t wait! I’m glad I didn’t put it off. Even though you can go through with it when you’re older, the recovery is much easier the younger you are. Also, try not to compare yourself to others, especially those who have horror stories. Try not to let minor downfalls get you stuck in a rut; more often than not, they’re completely natural. Remember, everyone’s journey is different.

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