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Client A2
I have been overweight most of my adult life, and was morbidly obese for over ten years. Starting in high school and continuing over the years. I tried countless diet and exercise programs including Nutri-system, Jenny Craig, Slim Fast, Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating, Weight Watchers, Dr. Atkins, and more fad diets than I can name here, and even a physician supervised protein diet. I was always able to lose some weight, but within a year, would gain back what I lost plus more. By my 35th birthday, I was at my all time high of 303 pounds at only 5' 2", with a BMI over 55, putting me in the "super morbidly obese" category. Life was miserable. I had developed severe co-morbidities as a result of my weight, including severe sleep apnea, GERD, urinary incontinence and near crippling pain in my feet and knees. I couldn't walk half a block without needing to stop because of foot pain and heavy breathing. I was unable to climb more than a couple of stairs. I knew the humiliation of being unable to do things normal sized people don't think twice about, like fitting in chairs with arms, airplane seats or on amusement park rides, sitting in restaurant booths and fitting through turnstiles. I was desperately searching the internet looking for yet another diet program to try and I came across information regarding bariatric surgery, particularly the roux-en-y gastric bypass procedure. I started doing extensive research to determine the risks of the procedure and the post-op requirements for the surgery to be successful in the long term. After learning everything I could about the options available to me, I decided to pursue having the RNY gastric bypass surgery. In January 2002 I had my first consultation with Dr. Marvin Tiesenga of New Hope Surgical Weight Loss, and I had my laparoscopic RNY surgery on April 2, 2002.

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