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Stephanie Atkinson - Healthier Life, Healthier Me

August 19, 2020

A Bariatric Success Story 

I had weight-loss surgery with Dr. Louis Balsama in March 2016, and my life has completely changed since.

Before surgery, my weight impacted me physically and emotionally. I felt depressed and fatigued, and I just couldn’t deal with the weight anymore.

I had trouble losing the weight on my own; that’s when I heard from a friend about their experience with Dr. Balsama. I thought it could be the right fit for me, and it definitely was.

I’ve lost a total of 115 pounds, and I haven’t gained any weight back in the four years since my surgery. I feel amazing. I have a lot more energy now, and my confidence is higher than ever.

My greatest non-scale victory has been consciously sticking to this new lifestyle. I’ve been able to stay consistent with my diet and exercise changes – with the help of Dr. Balsama and his team – which is something I struggled with before.

Working with a dietitian was incredibly beneficial; she taught me how to be more aware of what I consume, especially the proteins. I’ve been able to take a lot of her guidance and incorporate it in my household for the benefit of my family as well.

My family has been one of my biggest support systems; they’ve encouraged me since day one. My employees have also been part of my journey. Some of them have even been inspired to undergo weight-loss surgery themselves, and it’s great being able to share experiences and tips with them.

Dr. Balsama and his team – especially Kathy McKeever and Christine ArroligaRN, CDE, SMC, CBN –are in sync and on top of everything. They walked me through every step of the way, and it made the whole process a lot easier. They still follow up with me too, to ensure I’m staying on track. They’re truly an inspiring team.

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