Dammy's Testimonial

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Dammy's Testimonial

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

The most difficult part was coming to grips with the fact that I did this to myself. No one force-fed me or tricked me into being this way. There were choices and decisions I made to end up where I did, and it would be those same choices or decisions that would get me out of it. The frustration and shame of participating in physically strenuous activities, knowing I’d be the slow one or the out of shape one; the hatred I developed of summer months (I have not owned a pair of shorts in over 15 years); and the struggle of finding clothing that fit and looked decent all affected me. There was also a lurking shame that by being in poor health, I was letting down my kids, my family, and those that loved me. I wasn’t depressed or generally sad — quite the opposite. I was in generally good spirits and optimistic about the future in most aspects. But my weight was the proverbial albatross around my neck that kept dragging me down.

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

When I made the choice to investigate bariatric surgery, it just so happened to coincide with the Centra program starting to take off. You could say it was kismet. I attended one of Dr. Alley’s first seminars and immediately connected with his straightforward approach and utter professionalism. He laid out the causes, effects, options, and a plethora of additional info. He laid out a realistic roadmap of what it would take to run this race and reach the finish line successfully. Once I met the other members of his team, they were just as professional and supportive as he was. They supported and encouraged me every step of the way. I never felt alone or lost. I knew I had a team surrounding me who was invested in my success, and that was very encouraging.

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

I’m excited to know that, God willing, I will be around longer for my wife and daughters. I’m excited that I can now climb hills and mountains, go for runs, and exercise without feeling like I’m at death’s doorstep. I’m excited that I can now feel like I fit in my car’s seats instead of on top of them and that I no longer have to take a bouquet of medications to regulate my health. I’m proud of the new exercise and eating habits I’ve developed and hope to stick to them for the long run. I’m excited for a new lease on life.

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

Top to bottom, my experience was phenomenal! Linsey and Amy were amazing. Dr. Alley was a pleasure to work with; every Centra employee I encountered at every step in the process (even the lady in the patient accounts office) was supportive and encouraging. As I stated earlier, I was supported before, during, and following the process. This made me confident in my ability to go through this procedure and come out better on the other side.

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

Do your research. Educate yourself and don’t rush into it. This is an experience that will require 100% commitment. It is not something to enter into emotionally or half‐heartedly. But if you can make the commitment, if you can dig deep and dig in for the long run, the results and payoff are well worth it.