Joanna's Story - Gastric Bypass Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Bypass - Total Lost: 140 pounds lost so far*
"I truly believe that these doctors, surgeons, nurses, dietitians, etc. are the absolute best in the world." —Joanna, Thousand Oaks, CA
Ever since I was a kid I struggled with my weight. I tried countless amounts of diets, prescription diet pills, exercising, and even went to weight loss camp at the age of 12. Nothing ever worked and it was very hard, especially being so young and having these struggles. My father had the Gastric Bypass procedure done years prior, so this option was always in the back of my head, but during quarantine I had reached over 300lbs at the age of 20 and I knew that if I continued down this path, it would be a short one.
My experience was amazing with UCLA COMET. It wasn’t always an easy road, especially with insurance, but this program has been amazingly helpful. I will never be able to say enough good things about the staff here. I will forever say that these people are my angels. No matter the distance or the struggles I faced they were there to help every step of the way. I would not have been able to do any of this without this team. I truly believe that these doctors, surgeons, nurses, dietitians, etc. are the absolute best in the world. I cannot recommend them enough. Yes. I am over a year out and I still think about the information they had told me/ received from the beginning seminars. It is an amazing plan, and the helpful tools definitely helped me get to where I am today. At first, I would read about the diet and all the things I would have to do for the rest of my life, and it was very overwhelming and almost seemed impossible. As time went on after surgery and of course with the help from my team, I took it one step at a time, and it was incredibly manageable!
My success story isn’t linear. I had my fair share of ups and downs but over I have had amazing success. I started out at 311 lbs before the pre-surgery diet and was 304lbs the day of surgery. I am now 165lbs. I had stalled for months at a time without losing any weight and then randomly dropped 15 lbs in a week. I loved watching the weight melt off me. One of the greatest feelings in the world. I now have so much energy, I no longer wake up exhausted, my body doesn’t ache from simply existing anymore and most of all, I am happy! Being I was only 21 years old at the time of my surgery but now that I have lost almost 145lbs, I now realized I felt like I was 30 years old. I now feel so amazing in every aspect of my life. I am overall happier; I can work out and go for long walks without feeling exhausted and the best part about all of this is that I am more confident. It was extremely hard being a 20-year-old weighing over 300lbs. I feel incredible almost like my life has just started now.