Linda's story started painfully. She had just finished successful treatment for cancer of the face when the doctor said to her, "It doesn't matter, you won't enjoy it because you are so morbidly obese." It was a kick in the pants, but it started her on her journey. She came to the seminar and then went to see Dr. Siegel and did whatever was required. She decided on the bypass surgery because she was not a needle person, or as she says "I didn't want a needle into my stomach."
She has done nothing else for this first year, which is easier because she has no husband and her kids don't live at home. Exercising at Curves has been her life, providing someone to be accountable to. She goes almost daily and has worked very hard to tone her muscles, though her body is not good stark naked due to years and years of excess weight. However, the strength in her legs has tripled, "I could kill someone." She is aware that her former size (154 lbs more) made her feel invincible so now wants to take martial arts.
Linda recommends the surgery to everyone she talks to about it. At first when she had difficulty with eating and vomiting she was afraid, but Dr. Siegel told her she would not starve to death. And she didn't. But most importantly Linda states, "It is all about getting your head to say you don't need to shovel the food in." She has a healthy fear of sweets now and a very positive attitude. She is "a. totally grateful to be alive and b. could be alive for 20 – 30 more years."
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085