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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
“This surgery saved my life, I have the energy to live again!”
Stefani | Seattle, WA | September 2019
It’s been just 3 months since surgery and I feel amazing! Here is some of my story. My weight started being an issue in high school. I was very active in sports and other activities but still was about 20lbs overweight. My senior year is when the yo yo dieting battle started with my first “diet” plan. I was able to lose 20lbs but after I stopped this diet it came right back. So over the course of the next 35 years, that was my battle with food and my weight. Diets, pills, trainers...you name it, I most likely tried it. Over those years I also became a wife and a mom and forgot about me and my health. For me, it was all about caring for my family. I couldn’t keep up with my life. I felt busy and tired all the time and neglected my own self care. Over time I developed hypothyroidism, depression and chronic pain. I would try something new and lose 10-20lbs and then it would either stop working or I would give up and the weight would always come back plus some.
It was a vicous circle...I was too sick and tired to work out and stick to anything. About a year ago I thought I had finally found the answer...ideal protein! I loved the plan, the food and the coaching. I lost 25lbs and was feeling like I gained the control back. My body had other plans though. Suddenly, my hypothyroidism took control and I gained all the weight back and then some and my TSH went up requiring more meds. So that was it...I thought I was going to be this way forever. Over the years I have looked into surgery, attended seminars, talked to friends and strangers that had surgery trying to figure out which was best, but, because I didn’t have diabetes or any other serious co-morbidities, my past insurance plans wouldn’t cover surgery. In January, 2019 I began a new job and before I picked a benefits plan I called Eviva to see which one would cover surgery. I had seen their ads, Facebook posts and had friends recommend Eviva. From consultation to surgery took under 2 months.
I work in Healthcare Administration and am very impressed with how organized, efficient and compassionate everyone is at Eviva. I could have never done this without them. So, I am 3 months post op, down 37lbs and feel amazing. It was the absolute best choice for me to get the sleeve surgery. It saved my life in so many ways. I hike and walk and have energy to do life again. I am doing things I couldn’t have done pre surgery and I feel for the first time in a long time that I have a long healthy and happy future. I am not even half way to my goal yet but for the first time I am happy and feel in complete control of my body. In fact, I used to think about going home after work and what I would eat. Nothing would change these plans of mine. Now I have apps to tell me to eat and drink because I am not hungry and don’t even think about eating or drinking.
I wasn’t sure about sharing my story, but if I can even help 1 person be inspired then it was all worth it. Dr. Landerholm and Eviva gave me my life back and a much longer one at that.
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