by: Susan Imanse
I underwent life changing gastric sleeve bariatric surgery in April of 2010 and it was the best decision I have ever made for my health and self-esteem. At 10 and a half months out I have lost 114 lbs and have about 6 lbs to make my personal goal weight. My lifestyle is more active, food does not rule my life and I have come to enjoy regular exercise! My husband and I just went on a resort vacation to Jamaica and I was comfortable in a swimsuit for the first time in my adult life. When I began to seek out information about bariatric surgery at Bronson I was guided to the pre-bariatric surgery program. I found out that it was a series of classes that that dealt with psychological issues involved with eating, dietary recommendations for pre and post surgery and helpful information regarding the surgical process before, during and after surgery. Though the process was detailed and long I felt nurtured through it and came to recognize that if I hadn’t have undertook the program I would have been ill-prepared for the lifestyle changes that accompany bariatric surgery. Also having fellow Bronson employees that were going through the process with me gave me a support group that was invaluable! Both Krista Hampton (Program director) and Darci Schimp (bariatric dietician) were continuously available to me for advice, encouragement, assitance and friendship throughout my surgical process and I am so thankful to them both. Both of these wonderful ladies modeled Bronson Positivity to me in the most tangible ways.