Peg: A Success Story
I struggled with my weight all my life. Nearly 20 years ago, my doctor told me I was insulin resistant, meaning my body overproduces insulin, and I would always have a hard time losing weight. I still tried various diet methods, but nothing ever worked as efficiently as I needed it to.
When I looked into bariatric surgery, I never looked back!
In July 2019, I had the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy done by Dr. Adeshola Fakulujo. I have lost 66 pounds so far – which I am incredibly proud of – but I’m still working toward my goal!
I have had multiple non-scale victories. I walk a lot better now, and I have an easier time exercising (especially during land routines, rather than aqua routines). I have lost several inches, dropping down four whole pant sizes and two shirt sizes!
I’m also able to enjoy family outings more. It’s been a long-time tradition of ours to go to Longwood Gardens, which requires a lot of walking. Now, my husband and I can walk hand in hand, and keep up with each other, without needing to take a lot of breaks. This is something we were not able to do a year ago.
Dr. Fakulujo and his staff have been very encouraging and supportive. I can tell that he genuinely cares about me, and he always has my back, even when I don’t feel like I’ve made enough progress.
When working with my dietitian, she always took my family life into account. We were a great team; we came up with menu ideas, meal plans, discussed portion control, and discussed exercises that would work well for me. It’s important to follow your dietitian’s advice! They are there to help you through your body’s changes.
Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. There are many requirements, and it takes a lot of work to be successful! If you’re considering it, make sure you do your due diligence. Research the pros and cons. Understand your situation, and analyze whether or not the surgery can improve your overall health. Of course, it’s also important to know your surgeon’s reputation before you go through with the procedure.
I did all of this, before I knew I was making the right decision. I trusted my staff. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
I am six months into my journey. I love all the changes I’ve been able to make and how they’ve improved my health and everyday life. I have had some ups and downs, but I am determined to continue the hard work for the people I love. My motto is, “with God, all things are possible.”
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