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Investing In You | Weight Loss Surgery | Mosaic Life Care

Running was always one of those things I enjoyed. I can go do it by myself and get away from everybody and just think. So as time went on, I started contracting and it was work daylight to dark, and I forgot all about that part of my life, that running, playing racquetball, doing all those things I did to keep myself in shape. I didn’t wanna admit that I was overweight, that I was obese. That was somebody else, it wasn’t me. I wasn’t overweight in high school, but I was never thin. Always have had weight, gain weight, lose weight, gain weight, lose weight throughout the last 25 years. I’ve always battled my weight. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 25 and then at 55 diagnosed with breast cancer. And I decided I’ve got to get control of my weight because I’ve got to be healthier for me. So you finally get to that point where you say you can’t do this by yourself. I actually was the Director of Nurses at Albany, and the outpatient leader under me was trying to start a new clinic there and it was Dr. Hornbostel’s clinic, so I just went to support her. It was his open session that he had for the community where you go and you just listen to what he has to say. There were probably 25 people in the room, but I would’ve thought it was just me and him and he spoke to me the entire time. Everything that he said was my life. It was like he had just written my book. Barbara and I went and we decided at the seminar that the gastric sleeve was the thing for me. And so we set up an appointment with Dr. Ghanem, went in and talked to him and he went over all the ins and outs of it. Looking at this wasn’t just a surgery that I had. It wasn’t just this plan that we had for me to lose weight. It was a complete lifestyle change. The surgery is a tool in a toolbox is all that it is. The weight slowly comes off. It’s not that you wake up one day and 100 pounds is gone. You have to change the way you eat. For me, I had to change the way I think about food also. You have to buy into the program. You exercise every day. They tell you to give 30 minutes. I do three miles plus every day. That’s what I started out walking and now I run some and walk some. You know I am 18 months out. I’m the most proud that I’ve made lifestyle changes, that I will never go back to my old ways. It truly has made me a healthier person both emotionally, spiritually, physically. There’s just so many things I’m able to do now that I wasn’t able to do before. I bought a kayak and now me and my son can get in that kayak. We couldn’t do that before. I bought a bike that I couldn’t ride before that I ride now. I have a couple of friends that I’ve had for over 40 years. Since I’ve had the weight loss surgery, it’s kind of helped the relationship. It’s allowed me to interact with them more and to do more activities with them. You’re able to go back and live life to its fullest and so you’re not missing out on those opportunities to spend time with your family or do the fun things with them that are gonna build memories. I tell everyone that I talk to about the surgery, I would do it again in a heartbeat. It’s not been an easy journey, but I’ve learned things about me during the journey, and that it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.

David Frank