Client Profile: Sharon
For most of my adult life I have worn a size 12 and had very low self-esteem. After my fifth back surgery, pain pills, patches and gadgets, I had gained 150 pounds in a year and a half. My doctors all told me that I needed to watch my eating and to exercise.
I worked with a nutritionist for more then a year to monitor my food intake and exercise. During this time I was still going to physical therapy and struggling with severe pain. At that point, I was told not to do anything. I was so down and out of it. I wasn't able to sit in a regular chair because I was so big. This made me feel even worse.
Finally, my nutritionist said he was going to do some research on weight loss surgery. At my next appointment, he gave me Dr. Chae's number and told me he was an expert on gastric banding surgery, particularly for people with severe medical issues.
That's when my journey to get healthy started. Dr. Chae gave me so much hope without judging me like everyone else had done. He said "I can do this for YOU." On April 29, 2010 I had surgery. It has been a breeze.
He and his office staff, including Dr. Kaplan, have now become my family. I have lost 50 pounds in the past eight months and am looking forward to more to come. I am working hard on "seeing" myself as others see me…my mind is not there yet. Dr. Chae tells me each time how wonderfully I am doing. That is my inspiration to continue on this journey in a positive way and not be so hard on myself any longer. I am happy and my health has improved. The gastric band has truly been trouble-free for me. I deserve this and have earned it!