Client Profile: Shanolyn
My journey starts about 12 years ago. I was 314 pounds and very unhappy. I was on anxiety and depression medications and kept having panic attacks that would send me spiraling down. I couldn't function or take care of my family the way I should. It seemed they were taking care of me instead. I didn't want it to be that way so I tried diet after diet. I would lose some weight, but it always came back with a few extra pounds. And, when it came back, I would go into a depression again.
Then, a really good friend of mine told me about gastric bypass and how it had helped her in so many ways. So, I thought I should research it. The first time, my insurance denied it, but then my husband's work changed insurance companies so I applied again. On March 29, 2010, I got a call from Dr. Chae asking me when I wanted to have the surgery. I almost fell out of my chair I was so overcome with joy!
I asked Dr. Chae when he could fit me in and was expecting it to be a long wait. When he said how about April 5, I almost hyperventilated but somehow managed to say ABSOLUTELY! I was ecstatic! Even though I was nervous and only had a week to mentally prepare myself for this journey, I knew it was time. Since surgery, the weight has been shedding off of me. I am been doing so well. I don't have depression or anxiety and my knees don't hurt. I can literally run up the stairs and not be out of breath. I can even keep up with my kids and almost out run them! I'm eating healthier, making better choices and exercising. I can't thank my best friend, Dr. Chae and his staff enough for all they have done for me and my family. My entire family sees me in a new light, They can't believe how great I look. And, I feel WONDERFUL!! I have gone from a size 26 plus to a size 14 and just can't believe that this is me in these pants. I cried when I tried my first pair of 14's on. I haven't been that size since I was 18 years old. I know things are just going to keep getting better and better. I AM A NEW PERSON!