Growing up, I had a hard time losing weight on my own. I had no confidence, I was bullied, I was shut out, I was depressed, and every day was a struggle. I knew something had to change; I didn’t want to grow up and have physical and emotional problems. I didn’t want my family taking care of me, when I’m supposed to be taking care of them. I wanted to be healthy, I wanted to wear the designer clothes, and I wanted to be happy.
I started my journey with Garden State Bariatrics in the Toms River, NJ office. I was 19 years old, 334 pounds. I requested Dr. Bilof because he was once a successful and busy vascular surgeon, his resume is one of great excellence. I chose my surgery which was the sleeve gastrectomy. Julie set up all my appointments, received all of my documents, and my results. Anna gave me excellent advice on my new diet and her pathway led me to lose 10 pounds before surgery. Dr. Yurcisin is a just a funny, well-rounded gentleman. Dr. Yurcisin made my endoscopy fast and simple.
The big day was finally here, March 16th, 2016; Dr. Bilof’s mother’s birthday. I was all ready to go, Dr. Bilof came in ready to go and everything went smoothly. I made a quick recovery and I was out ready to start my new life. Ten months later, I’m 120 pounds lighter. I’m 20 years old and 214 pounds; the lightest and healthiest I’ve ever felt and been. It’s been a long difficult journey but it’s done, and I have no regrets. I’m happy, I’m living life, I’m wearing designer clothes, I have confidence, I’m just looking good and feeling good.
I want to thank my Mom for being there during my recovery as well as helping me through it; I want to thank Monmouth Medical Center for their respectful and courteous staff as well as a clean comfortable stay. I want to thank the magnificent Julie for all her hard work and help. I want to thank the front desk for always answering my phone calls, and for calling me to let me know I have an appointment coming up. I want to thank Dr. Yurcisin, Dr. Bilof and Anna for everything. I want to thank Garden State Bariatrics, period. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Garden State Bariatrics. Thank you again, and remember anything is possible. God Bless.
*The winner of the Patient of the Month contest receives a gift card prize for sharing the story of their bariatric experience with GSBWC.