Procedure of choice Gastric sleeve
Starting weight 22st 7lb
Current weight 12st 7lb
Total weight loss 10st 0lb*
Trigger for weight loss Health reasons
I am stunned – actually shocked – at how I looked just 10 months ago. I had retired on the grounds of ill health and as a result of steroids and anti-psychotic drugs my weight had ballooned to 23 stones. It had been a gradual process, but here I was aged 56 with inherited genes that predisposed me to diabetes and a serious weight problem which I had to do something about.
I live in Cambridgeshire and first went to a company nearby but their customer service was appalling so I searched the Internet and found Healthier Weight. I thought their website looked extremely professional and it looked as though the success stories were genuine and not made up (I now know, of course, that they are genuine as I’m here telling mine.) I had my first consultation with Dr Ashton in February 2012 and although it was quite scary I recall he took a picture of me. Since then I went on to have a gastric sleeve and have lost 10 stones in ten months*. I’ve just had my annual review appointment and was given a copy of that photo. I’ve put a copy of it in my wallet and on my fridge door.
I feel incredibly sad when I think of how I was. If I hadn’t come to Healthier Weight I would be 28 stones*. At the age of 56 I was faced with two paths; one towards a life in danger and the other towards a healthier way of life. I was borderline type 2 diabetic. Within 2 weeks of the operation I was “normal”. My blood pressure is normal. I can run for a bus – it’s magic! I can walk 2 miles in 20 minutes. I can walk without perspiring*.
I now have confidence, self–esteem and I’m thinking of going on holiday again. Healthier Weight has given me my life back and for that I say an enormous “thank-you”*.