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Surgeon TestimonialGlen StricklandI first saw Dr. Strickland at the initial seminar May of 2005. Very informative.rnrnFeb. 20, 2006 Consultation to day was great. Their staff was wonderful and made me feel at ease. Dr. Strickland answered all my questions and was impressed that I had researched so much on OH Website.rnrnI still am very pleased with Dr. Strickland and his staff. I always get a fast response when I call with a question and their support team is wonderful. I am so glad I made the call and went to the first seminar. It truly has changed my life for the better.rnrnrnrn |
October 31, 2007 on October 31, 2007 6:17 am
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I know I am sooo bad about keeping up the profile. But with this new body came more energy and more activities. I am never just sitting still anymore and I am so grateful to the Lord for this new life. My current weight as of today is 131lbs and that means I have lost 159lbs!! Yahoo! I am wearing baggy size 4/6's. I do not want to go any lower because with having TT later on I will lose skin...and I do not want to be too thin. What a concept, worrying about being too thin. Never did I think that would happen, but I tell you the truth, you never stop working this wonderful pouch. Even with maintenance you must be sure to increase food amounts and keep up the portein and liquids. I still have trouble with meats and chicken is difficult for me. But I manage to get the required amounts in even if I have to add a protein drink. I tell everyone that in 1987 I was born anew in Christ. and in april 2006, I was born anew in the my physical body with WLS. I can never say how grateful I am for this chance at living again. I was so burdened by my weight gain and the stress it caused on my body. And now I am free again. I know the Lord heard my cry for mercy and let me have this surgery. I know there are many who struggle with dieting and when you are Morbidly Obese the goal seems so impossible, espcially with the long term goal and the small amounts you are able to lose. That is why I think for those who are over 100lbs or more oeverweight that this surgery is the best. You see consistent weight loss and at much greater level than with dieting alone. This is NOT an esay fix as a lot of uninformed people say. You must obey the "pouch" rules and exercise. I am very compliant patient and do want to be long term success story. With that said, I can only do this through the strength that Christ my Savior gives me daily. I am human and there are days I am tempted to try something with sugar and some days I do taste something. But I do not gover over the recommended amounts of 5grams of fat or sugar per serving so I do try things. But I stop...which before surgery, we all know we do not just stop at a taste of something.
I feel victorious and so happy now. There are many things society judges about the obese person, some are founded and some are not.
I pray that my sharing my experience will bless, encourage and draw you to make a decision right for you in your weight loss journey. I am not a medical professional so only listen to your doctor...but read as much as you can so you can be informed and then make your decision. But make a decision before it is too late.
The main decision you must think about and the reason my profile is even posted, is the decision where you will spend eternity. We all will spend eternity somewhere. Either with God or apart from God. Jesus said, He is the way the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father apart from Him. Please choose life...choose Jesus. He is waiting for you to call upon Him. He is near to those who call on His name. He died for each person...and wants to bring you into fellowship with the Father. Acknowledge your sin and need for Him. He loves you.....
If you have any questions, ask God to reveal Himself to you and He will, if you want to email me with any questions, please do. I made the choice you are wrestling with right now, an I have never regretted it.
In Christs' love...Joan M
July 13, 2007 on July 13, 2007 6:49 am
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Wow, it has been a long time since I posted here. Sorry..but now that I have met goal weight and even less, I am busy living the life that I once only watched passing me by.
I am at 137-138 pounds any given day. So that is 152-153 lbs lost since April 25, 2006. I wear size 4/6 or small and they are loose. I feel alive and it is wonderful to walk into a store and go to the 4/6's and know they will fit. I couldn't be happier with the results. No plastic surgery yet and do not know if I ever will. No tummy rashes except in Dec. of 2006, so was denied TT. My arms and legs are worse than tummy so I will just keep covered up and not worry.
The Lord is still my constant source of strength, help and hope. Without Jesus I would be nothing and He deserves all the credit for this surgery and the changes in my life. He is the Giver of every good gift and He enables the surgeons to perform this wonderful, life changing surgery and enables to to use this tool and obey the "pouch rules". I pray that as you read this that you would seek the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and let Him direct your path.
Until next time, and in His love,
May 15, 2007 on May 15, 2007 3:41 am
Good morning...it is a little chilly here in the south this morning. Only 7 more days of school and then I am off work. That is good since we are in the process of selling our home so we can move to Colorado. It will be wonderful to live with our daughter SIL and grandchildren. We showed the house last night and the woman's son is buying her home so we have to wait for him to come and check it out first before an offer but she did love the house and said she could see herself living here. So I will wait for the salavation of the Lord and be still and trust Him with the sale and the details of the sale. He sees all the things we can't and knows their finances and their intentions. So I trust Him to shield us from harm and to make the way straight.
As of this morning I now weigh 141.4. It must be all the work in the yard and in the house getting the house ready to sell....whewwww. But last year I could never have done this much work and not have had a hurting back or legs and been out of breath. But yesterday I climbed up and cleaned my ceiling fan in the kitchen, moped the kitchen floor, and put a sealer on it and did windows (again) and dusted, and so many more things before 11am! Before WLS I would have been dead doing all these things in a week let alone in one day..I am forever grateful for this surgery and the changes in my body. I wear mainly 4/6 and still have to wear my size 8's due to only having a few size 4/6's but that is OK. I would rather wear baggy 8's than tight 26/28's anyday!
For those waiting for weight loss surgery approval, or the date and need encouragement, please seek the Lord Jesus...He has been my Rock when all else looked like sinking sand. He is there waiting for you to call out to Him in meekness and in sincerity. He will answer you cry for salavation and then be your all in all.
Any questions, please email me.
In Christ's love and never ending grace,
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April 15, 2007 on April 15, 2007 4:42 am
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Good Sunday Morning!!! This is a special day for our family...our wonderful son-in-law is 39 years old today!! We love him so much and can't celebrate with him and and our daughter and grandchildren because we are in SC and they are in CO...but our love and hearts will be with them today!! God is good and when we sell our home here we will be moving to live close to them. So we finished our porch yesterday thanks to a dear friend from church Terry. Terry you rock! Now we just have to paint the railings and paint the front of the house which would have been a much more daunting task last year at 290lbs then it is today at 146lbs! Praise God I hit 146 this morning...I have been adding more carbs and food in general and have started to see a loss again. I already hit the surgeon's goal and would still love to have a normal BMI but am not trying to lose but trusting the Lord to get my body to where it wants to be.
Well, we have to get ready for church and there is a thunderstorm today so I need to get off of here. Hey...maybe this is the day for you to go to a Bible teaching church for the first time....give God a try He loves you and wants to fellowship with you.
In Christ's love and grace,
April 2, 2007 on April 2, 2007 4:00 am
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Good morning everyone...well, I better update since my WLS Surgeon's visit on March 28, 2007. But before that I would love to say that this week before Easter is my favorite. As I reflect on what Jesus did on the cross on my and your behalf it overwhelms me with love for Him. John 3:16 says it perfectly..."For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that who ever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." If you have not received this free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, do not wait another minute because we never know if this is the day our life will end and we need to have assurance of salvation and that is only through Jesus Christ. And it is very easy for us to receive...just confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and ask His forgiveness for our sin and aks Him to come into your heart and change you into what He desires you to be and He will do all of that and more. Any questions, please email me. I love you but God loves you more and it is not an accident that you found my profile.
Now to the update...went for my 11th month check up Mar 28, 07 which they call one year and my surgeon was amazed at how well I have done...I AM AT HIS GOAL! He said with tummy skin removed he doesn't want me to lose anymore weight. I asked about the BMI and he said that is toooo stringent and is for insurance not for real people. So I asked if I should try to get to 145 and he said NO... you are so tiny now. I weigh 148 today and he said with skin removal of tummy I will lose weight too. Also, he said he can tell by my bloodwork that I am using the tool the way it was designed and that is why I am successful ....I obey the rules. And all the labs were excellent! He could tell I was eating healthy. We all know I am a rule follower and it paid off. So I guess I am on maintenance...they took pics of my tummy and he is writing letter to insurance for pannilectomy for me and he will do it! I have to call and check with his ofc in three weeks to see if I got approval. So please pray that I get approval from insurance and then I will check into slight breast reconstruction...just lift which he can do also.
Have a blessed day and blessed Easter...until next time...Joan M
I am a 56 yr. old married mother of two daughters. I was first interested in Lap RNY 2 years ago, but thought it would be impossible for me. But I went to Dr. Strickland's Seminar at Lex Medical Center May 2005. I was very impressed with the thorough amount of information given and the before and after support they provide.
Before my surgical consult happy but wanting to be healthy