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I went through Central Carolina Surgery and saw Dr. Kristin Earle. She was also the surgeon that spoke at the seminar. I was very impressed with her. At the seminar, she was very thorough in explaining things and seemed to genuinely care about what she was talking about. Meeting her face to face for the office visit just reaffirmed everything. She was very down to earth and acted like she had all the time in the world. I didn't feel rushed to get out of there. She answered all of my questions and gave me a very positive outlook on everything. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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My name is Renee. I am 31 years old and I have been overweight basically my whole life. I have been over 300 pounds since my early teens. I have thought about weight loss surgery for many years. My husband Ed has also struggled with his weight most of his life. We have a 3 year old daughter named Nora. She is our pride and joy. Since she has come into our lives, it has made us both more aware of how we need to make a permanent change in the way we eat and the way we live our lives. We want to be able to go outside and run around with her. We want to be around for her graduation. We want to be grandparents some day ... way down the road. I want to be someone that my daughter can be proud of. I don't want her to be embarrassed when I have to come pick her up at school or something like that. And even more than any of that, I want to be proud of myself. I have tried diet after diet in the past. It may not be so much in that they didn't work, as much as I just couldn't stick to them. I knew that I needed something that would give me the jump start I need to get my life back on the right track.
My husband I started looking into gastric bypass surgery. I had been looking at it for years, but not on a serious note. I kept getting hung up with paperwork by my doctor because I had no comorbidities. Ed was able to sail right along through his six month supervised diet and then to surgery. Ed had gastric bypass in October 2008. He went from 440 lbs to currently weighing 230 lbs with only 18% bodyfat. He had absolutely no complications. He has stuck to what he is supposed to eat and I am so very proud of him. He said that he was glad he had to do the six month diet because he felt that it better prepared him for how he had to eat after surgery.
I finally got a letter of recommendation from my doctor and it's all downhill from there. I went to Central Carolina Surgery in Greensbooro and met with Dr. Kristen Earle. She was wonderful. I started the process in May 2009. My insurance did not require the six month supervised diet. I knew that I wanted to have gastric byspass instead of the band or any other wls. I needed something that was seriously going to kick me in the butt and MAKE me change the way I eat. I didn't want something that would be easy to cheat with. I had gastric bypass surgery on December 15, 2009. I weighted 380 lbs at my highest. When I weighed in at the nutritionist on Dec 1, 2009, I weighed 377. The morning of my surgery (12/15/09), I weighed 353. I am just over a month out of my surgery and I weigh 325.
Even though I'm only in the early stages of everything, I feel better than I have in years. I feel like I have more energery, my clothes are getting baggy, I feel like I have more self confidence. I wish so much I could have had the surgery sooner. Then again, Ed has been a huge inspiration to me and he keeps me on track with what I am supposed to eat and what I'm NOT supposed to eat. I don't know if I could have done it without him.