My Weight Loss Journey
I have had many unsuccessful diets and personal trainers as well as really bad Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) so I have struggled with my weight my whole life. It got to a point to where I couldn’t control it any longer and I had lost myself in the process. I was extremely unhappy, depressed, anxious, zero confidence, lost. So I decided it was time for a change.
My pre-op experience was lovely! Dr. Carlton and his staff have always made me feel welcomed, safe, and most importantly heard. Looking back, my pre-op concerns were mostly silly because I was still in an unhealthy mind set at times. I was worried about having to completely change my diet habits because I had a history of binging. I was also worried that it wasn’t going to work because I had tried so many things.
But all of that aside, I decided to go for it, and on the day of surgery, I felt scared but hopeful! My post-op experience was challenging, but also life changing. I had to immediately reteach myself how to consume food and drink. It was emotionally and mentally challenging, not only on the diet spectrum but also my view of myself because it doesn’t happen overnight. My scars were a little frightening at first because I am so young and I was worried about what other people would think, but I quickly overcame that.
So much has changed since my surgery. I’m asked what I can do now that I couldn’t before, and I like to say everything, LOL! I have zero limits. I can wear clothes that I had only wished that I could and feel completely comfortable and happy about myself. I can cross my legs and tuck my legs to my chest as crazy as that sounds I was never able to before. I can run a fast mile and a year ago I would’ve thought you were crazy if you told me I could do that. I can discipline myself and make myself healthy foods and actually enjoy them. I can go up my 3 flights of stairs to my apartment and not be winded. My mental health has also tremendously improved. I have a much better outlook on life and most importantly myself. My PCOS has improved due to my weight loss and control so my anxiety and depression are minimal to none.
My overall impression of Dr. Carlton and his staff is that they are extraordinary. They have done an amazing job creating such a close-knit community. I have never felt short of welcomed, loved, and heard. I have always felt comfortable and safe and confident being in their hands. They truly care for and about their patients.
This surgery has seriously changed my life in so many amazing ways and I wish I could’ve done it sooner, honestly. I have finally become myself again and I am forever grateful for Dr. Carlton and his staff. They have brought my smile back. My parents even said to me halfway through the process “I feel like you are finally who you were always meant to be”. All of my pre-op worries have disappeared. I scarred beautifully and I am extremely happy with my diet changes. I would do it all over again. I would give up any food for this outcome. It is so worth it!!! I had zero complications.10/10 recommend! I would do it over 100 times again!