Caryn's Testimonial

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Caryn's Testimonial

What was difficult, painful, or frustrating about your life before weight loss?

Before losing weight, I had a good life – a great job, a fantastic husband, son, and family, and a life that was blessed. I can’t say I was miserable, because I wasn’t. However, I was concerned because even though I had lost hundreds of pounds over the course of my life, I could never keep it off. It always came back!

I was very concerned about whether I would be alive to see my son get married and have children. I had developed hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and was well on my way to diabetes. I was engaged in life – I traveled and did almost anything that I wanted to. However, the larger that I got, the more difficult it became to enjoy the things that I loved to do.

Amusement parks became challenging, as I didn’t fit well into some of the rides. Flying was difficult because the seats are so small; I hated the looks that I got when I sat down – knowing the person beside me was thinking that they hated that they would be smooshed against me for the whole flight. At the beach, I felt very self-conscious about being in a swimsuit, and I always had to be conscious about the beach chair that I purchased – not all beach chairs are made to hold large folks! My weight was holding me back from being able to fully and completely engage in life without reservation.

Why did you choose Centra Weight Loss Services for your bariatric care?

I chose Centra Weight Loss services after talking with a friend who had weight loss surgery with Dr. Alley and had great results. I have trusted Centra with my healthcare for a long time, and this is no different! I researched Dr. Alley and was impressed by his training. From the seminar to the first visit, the care that I experienced was fantastic. I also attended several support groups and talked with his patients and everyone was so positive about their experiences that it solidified my decision to choose Dr. Alley as my surgeon.

What is something you’re most excited about or most proud of after losing weight?

I often find myself being taken aback when walking past a glass storefront; I am shocked at the person who is reflected back at me. Sometimes, I don’t even recognize myself. I love it! I flew for the first time recently and had plenty of extra room in the seat, and I could even cross my legs without invading anyone’s space! I feel just like a normal person now, and that’s fantastic. Someone asked me recently how I was handling all of the changes that come along with life after weight loss surgery (I have given up sugar, most processed foods, and all alcohol). My reply was, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” I believe that 100 percent.

Can you describe your comfort with the quality of care and the people caring for you, before, during, and after your surgery?

Dr. Alley and his whole team led me to be confident in their ability to help me. I always felt that they had my best interests at heart. That kind of reassurance is priceless. Dr. Alley, Rachel, Amy, Emily, Lindsey, and Diane are all fantastic. They were with me each and every step of the way.  When I had a question, a concern, or needed anything they were they to help. They never made me feel like I was a burden, like my question was silly, or that I wasn’t going to be successful. My outcome has been excellent, simply because of the quality care that I received from this group of professionals.

What is the one thing you would share with someone who is just thinking about weight loss surgery for the first time?

Do it. Don’t wait. Don’t focus on what you are giving up or what you have to change – focus on what you are getting, your life back! Your life will be so much better for having had weight loss surgery.