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Jonathon Spitz, M.D.
Dr. Spitz is simply fantastic! I actually went to three surgeons in my area so I could choose the one with whom I felt most comfortable. I never had surgery before and was pretty terrified before and after speaking with the other two. After speaking with Dr. Spitz and his staff, I felt totally at ease. He, along with his staff, explained everything to me step by step in a way that was more personal than medical. Instead of sticking solely with doctor-speak, he made things easy to understand and I knew choosing him was the right decision for me within just a few minutes of talking to him. When I left the first appointment, I was actually excited about the surgery instead of terrified like I had been after talking to the other surgeons. rnrnCentral Dupage Hospital has a good aftercare program and they have support group meetings and exercise classes at Wheaton Sport Center. The only negative I can think of is that I have had quite a long wait for my appointments (one time I was sitting in the waiting area for over an hour), despite arriving a few minutes early each time. I hardly think that's a reason to pass up such a great doctor. He and his staff are really fabulous!
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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I tried so many times (basically throughout my entire adult life and much of my teen years) to lose weight, only to gain it back plus a few extra each time. It seemed like a downward spiral. The harder I tried, the more it hurt to gain it back. I could never have a normal relationship with food. As much as I loved it, I hated it at least ten times more. It seemed like I was never full, so eating small portions of healthy food always turned into me being starving and grumpy. I would end up pigging out, usually starting with healthy food, and then progressing into things like chips and cookies because they're easy snacks to grab in a rush. I would try so hard and it would all go downhill after I got to a point where I was just plain sick of feeling hungry all the...
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I have been overweight almost all of my life. I was a pretty normal-sized kid until I started elementary school. By third grade or so, I was the chubby kid that all the parents thought was cute. They would say things like, "She's going to be so pretty when she's older and loses that baby fat." In junior high, I was in tons of sports and a highly active kid. Despite that, I still managed to be a little fattie. By high school, I was no longer the chubby kid...I was the fat girl. I was never huge in high school, but I was at least 50 lbs above what I should have been.
Throughout high school, my weight went up and down depending on whatever unhealthy "diet" choice I had made that particular month. I would go for long stretches living on cigarettes and coffee. Now I can't stand either of those, but it seemed like the only way I had any success losing weight when I so desperately wanted to fit in. I'm not sure what made me realize that I was going about things all wrong, but I came to that conclusion sometime around the end of high school. I gave up the Marlboro and coffee diet and tried to move towards a healthier lifestyle. It seemed like no matter how hard I tried, I wouldn't be able to lose more than a little bit of weight at a time.
After high school, I decided to move to Hawaii. I had no car there and was forced to either take The Bus or rollerblade (or walk, but it was a little far to be walking everyday) to work. The bus route I lived on wasn't the greatest, and was often late, so I opted to rollerblade most of the time. I was lucky enough to find work in a "healthy living" store. It was the best job I ever had. I lost some weight working there and rollerblading 5 days a week, but never could break the 180 barrier. I'm pretty short, so that's not even close to my ideal weight. I was also at my happiest out there, but due to an unfortunate family situation, I was forced to return. Since I didn't know how long my trip back to the Midwest would be, I couldn't really expect my roommate to wait for me to return. It's an expensive move, and I knew that I wouldn't be able to afford to go back for a while (assuming I was in the Midwest for more than a few weeks, which was quite likely).
Needless to say, I'm still in the Midwest (5 years later), and really hope to have the financial means to move back to Hawaii someday. I have a husband and a daughter now, so it will take considerably more planning than the first time around, but I know I'll be able to eventually.
With regard to weight loss, I decided to have the lap RNY after trying so hard (sometimes in healthy ways and sometimes not) to lose weight for essentially my entire life. I'm really glad that I took that step.