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Janet R. - San Diego, CA

Janet Before Gastric Bypass

My weight loss journey has changed my life both physically and emotionally. I am so happy that I made the decision to have gastric bypass. My story is no different than any one else who suffers from obesity. It was one diet after another, only to gain all the weight back. The ups and downs take a toll on your well being until you finally have that light bulb moment.

For me it was a picture of my self with my three sisters. We had not been all together in one state for many years. We had got together for a family wedding in March of 2015. When I got home and had a chance to reflect on the good times we shared, I also was sickened by my appearance in the pictures. I was determined to get my weight off once and for all. I started doing some research on weight loss surgery. I came across Dr. Ellner's website and I attended one of her seminars. I was blown away how much compassion she has for her patients. I am humbled by the privilege of having her as my surgeon. She guided me through every step pre and post-op with the utmost respect. She will teach you that surgery is only a tool and the rest is up to you.

I suffered from severe back pain and muscle pain. I spent most days in bed and lived on pain medication.I was determined to stop the madness. I knew that the weight was damaging my body my mind and my spirit.



Janet After Gastric Bypass

I had my surgery last December and I have lost 110 lbs, I no longer take any pain pills. I have energy I haven't had in years. I no longer have fatigue or brain fog. I'm living my life to its fullest and I am so grateful for Dr. Ellner for giving me a second chance.

I spend my days walking my little rescue dog. I also have a passion for gardening and I do volunteer work up in North county working in the flower gardens. I love to go shopping and being able to buy regular size clothes.

You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change! I can't change yesterday but I can change today and so can you!