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Jenn’s Weight Loss Success Story

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Weight loss surgery is no small decision, but it can be life-changing for many.

Meet Jenn Erskine. After feeling like she lived life on the sidelines, Jenn desired change. She considered whether bariatric surgery could be the right decision for her and decided to take that step last November. Fast forward to today, and Jenn has successfully lost more than 300 pounds. She’s now living her best life on her journey to whole health and sharing her inspirational story with others.

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, take the first step toward a new life. Read Jenn’s story in her own words below:

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Who was your bariatric surgeon?

Dr. Gustavo Bello performed the procedure.

Which bariatric procedure did you have and when? How much weight have you lost?

I had a Roux-en-Y (RNY) gastric bypass procedure on November 10, 2022, and I’ve lost a total of 300.8 pounds.

What was your “why” for having bariatric surgery?

One of my biggest “whys” was to be able to experience life. I'm 34 and haven't been able to do much until now because of my health. I work at a school, and part of my job is coordinating events. I would coordinate every detail of the event and then have to sit on the sidelines during it because there wasn't much that I could do.

How has your life changed since you’ve had bariatric surgery?

My life has completely changed since the surgery. My position at work changed to a more active role instead of just being in the office. I have so much more energy. I can choose to go out with friends and go to different events. I even recently started dating for the first time.

What has been your biggest challenge in your weight loss journey?

I would say my biggest challenge has been the mental side of things. I remember coming up to Christmas time last year and knowing there would be a lot of treats at my job. I was going to stop and get some sugar-free candy so I could have something with everyone, but then I told myself I didn't need anything just because everyone else had it. I had a huge sweet tooth before surgery, and I honestly felt like it was an addiction. I got through that time and felt really proud of myself.

What do you attribute to your great success?

I would have to say one of the main reasons I've been so successful is my support system. Before I decided to have surgery, I reached out to people in my life who I knew would want the best for me and would help me wrap my brain around it all. Also, by doing that, I have people in every area of my life who encourage me through my journey. I have a group of friends at work, my family and friends who all have encouraged me in some way.

How have your friends and family reacted to your transformation?

They are amazed! I'm smaller right now than I was in high school. My family has wanted me to get surgery for years, and I always told them that I wanted to lose weight on my own. So they were happy when I finally made the decision.

What’s your advice for those considering weight loss surgery?

If you're feeling like you want to do it, do it. One thing I regret is not doing it sooner, but I don't think I would have been ready sooner. Also, one of my mentors asked me two questions when I talked to him before making my decision. He said, "Would your forty-year-old self regret or thank you for the decisions you make today?" and, "Would you rather plan to be out of work for a period of time or have an emergency because of your health and unexpectedly be out for a period of time?" Both of those questions have really helped me put everything into perspective.

Supporting Your Journey to a Healthier You

“I couldn’t be prouder of Jenn! Her story is a great example of determination and willingness to live a better life. It’s moving and inspiring; it fuels our work and makes us want to free more people from obesity,” shares Dr. Bello.

Choosing bariatric surgery is a life-changing decision and one that should not be made lightly. If you’re considering a weight loss procedure, schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate bariatric professionals and get answers to your questions. Dr. Bello and the rest of our bariatric experts are prepared to support you on your journey to better health.

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