Erin Dangerfield’s Weight Loss Journey
I had tried numerous weight loss pills and programs for over 10 years.
Whatever fad diet I was doing seemed to work, for a time, but I would
easily get off track and whatever I lost I would gain back, and then some.
At 33 years old, I was diabetic, had high blood pressure, struggled with
excessive snoring, and I suffered from constant back and knee pain. I
was on medication to control my blood pressure and diabetes. Just living
every day was a struggle.
My breaking point was shortly after my nieces were born and I was on the
floor playing with them. I was out of breath and struggled to get off
the floor. I knew at that point I couldn’t continue living like
this. I so badly wanted to enjoy my life instead of struggling every day.
I wanted to be able to play with my daughter and my nieces without getting
out of breath and most of all, I wanted to be able to watch the three
of them grow up. The following day, I made an appointment for a consult
with Dr. Jawed. After talking to him, I knew that weight loss surgery
was the answer for me and it was about to change my whole life.
I had to attend six months of medically supervised classes/appointments
before my surgery. At each monthly appointment, I was greeted with such
assurance and encouragement. On the morning of my surgery, Dr. Jawed and
Dr. Abkin greeted me in the holding area before I was brought back to
the O.R. They both gave me a final vote of confidence and really helped
calm my last minute anxiety.
The surgery was successful and marked the first day of my new life! I was
taken off all medications and my high blood pressure and diabetes had
been resolved! I stopped snoring completely, and my joint pain was entirely
gone. I literally gained my whole life back in a matter of a couple of weeks.
In one year, I have lost 137 pounds. I can walk up several flights of stairs
without having to stop to catch my breath and I walked around Disney World
for a week without my knees being in constant pain or tiring out. One
of the best things, I can play with my daughter and my nieces endlessly
without struggling to keep up. It’s great to feel confident in the
way I look, but it is even greater to
feel good again! I still enjoy food and the things I enjoyed before surgery,
just on a much smaller scale. The decision to move forward with weight
loss surgery transformed me and gave me my life back. My only regret is
that I didn’t do it sooner.