Sheena's Story - Gastric Sleeve
Surgery: Sleeve Gastrectomy - Total Lost: 75 pounds*
"If I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat." —Sheena
My weight gain began college in 2001. After graduation no matter what I did or how I ate I couldn’t seem to get my weight under control. I worked out often and tried to eat healthy (although I wasn’t very successful at it). I had become so unhappy with myself, my weight, and my body.
When I first inquired about weight loss surgery I was discussing with my then PCP about how nothing I did seemed to help me lose the weight. He told me that my weight was a genetic issue, that there was nothing I could do about it and he didn’t believe in weight loss surgery. I didn’t like that answer and I knew that I didn’t want to end up like other family members that were overweight and dealing with mountains of health issues. I found Dr. Sheena Plea, and she listened to my concerns, complaints, and completely supported me when I inquired about bariatric surgery as an option to help me with my weight loss. She referred me to Dr. Erik Dutson at UCLA and the COMET team and I was on my way to a better me. During the process, I found out I had sleep apnea, which explained why I was always so tired during the day.
Once I began the process I had so much doubt and fear. I figured bariatric surgery would just end up like all my other weight loss attempts, complete failure.
Now, here I am 13 months post op and I couldn’t me be happier with myself and my health. Dr. Erik Dutson at UCLA and the COMET team along with my PCP, were so supportive and informative through the entire process. This new tool helps me to think about what I’m putting into my body nutritionally and helped me achieve weight loss that I could have never imagined. I know for a fact I would not be where I am today without this amazing tool and the amazing team of people that helped me get here. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat. Best decision I’ve ever made!!