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Two years ago today, I made the best decision of my life. On April 25, 2016 I had bariatric sleeve gastrectomy surgery. I made this decision in Aug 2015 after a year of being diagnosed and treated for metabolic insulin resistance and pre diabetes. The doctor informed me it would only be a matter of time before I would end up with diabetes. She informed me that I should look into having bariatric surgery since diabetes runs on my dad’s side of the family. After watching several of my dad’s siblings pass away thru out the years due to complications with their diabetes. I did not want that for my life. At that moment I knew I had to do something to change my life for the better. I struggle with my weight as a young adult in my 20’s. I never paid any attention to it until I went to the doctor to have blood work done and there it was in black and white. I did everything in my power to try to lose the weight on my own before making the decision to have surgery. Due to the metabolic insulin resistance and pre diabetes I was not able to lose weight it was working against me. On Sept 2015 I attend a seminar regarding bariatric surgery and after hearing the doctor talk and patients who shared their story about their struggles with weight loss. I knew right then that I had to make an appt with Dr. Maffei. On Oct 2015 when I walked into the doctor’s office to see if I would be a candidate to have this procedure done. I weighed 264lbs with a BMI of 45. Dr. Maffei informed me that I was a candidate and that we would start the process and in 6 months he will perform the surgery. On the morning of my surgery I was scared and nervous. I knew that this decision was going to change my life forever and that it wasn’t going to be an easy journey from that day on. 2 years later I have lost a total of 94lbs and have kept it off. I weigh 170lbs with a BMI of 29. The metabolic insulin resistance and pre diabetes was gone a month after surgery. It has been an amazing 2 years. I feel great doing things I couldn’t do before because of the weight. I have learned sooooo much about myself thru this journey. This has changed me in so many ways. I’m so happy that I decided to go thru with the surgery. I’m very grateful and blessed to be on this continuous journey. I would like to say thank you to my family and friends for all the love and support they continue to give me. I love you all so very much. I would also like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Dr. Maffei and his incredible team of staff at Advanced Surgeons for their continuous support thru this journey. They have become my 2nd family for the rest of my life. The pic on the left hand side was taken 2 months before surgery Feb 2016 weighing 264lbs. The pic on right hand side was taken 2 months ago Feb 2018 weighing 170lbs. This journey is not over this is a life style change that I will continue with for the rest of my life.