Client Profile: Tim
On October 6, 2006, I had my annual physical with my doctor. Although hypertension and diabetes had yet to find me, at 340 pounds, I was obese.
As a paramedic, I spend my days caring for patients of all types, with all complaints. My weight made my daily activities very difficult. I suddenly became aware of missed events and opportunities with family and friends because of my weight. I was on a path to shorten my life.
On October 6, 2006, I made my appointment with Dr. Chae. My surgery was December 4, 2006. The kindness and skilled hands of Dr. Chae combined with the mentoring of Kelly Elliot bring me to my four-year anniversary. I have separated myself from 120 pounds!
I find new personal and professional opportunities almost every day. This fall, I stood atop six Colorado peaks more than 13,000 feet. I have the world by the tail like never before. I have been there as my daughter moves closer to her college degree. I have seen the safe return of my son from Iraq. Loved ones have entered my life I might have never known.
This process includes daily challenges as well. Old habits like diet and coping behaviors die hard. Negative people and ideas are around every corner. I really owe my success to Dr. Chae, Kelly, my family, friends and most of all, my friends from the Sky Ridge Support Group. I feel I am just following the plan.
It is said it takes a village to raise a child. I say it takes a support group to lose weight after surgery! Thank you for all your support and my best to everyone traveling the path of weight loss surgery.