“If you’re able to use this tool for weight loss, I tell everybody they should take advantage of it.”

Katie Clement

I am only 21-years-old, but from the age of about six or seven, I’d always been overweight. It wasn’t until I started to become progressively unhealthy in high school when I began to think twice. Then, seeing how weight had affected my parents’ health, I knew I didn’t want to follow in their footsteps. But that was before my Mom had the surgery. Seeing the difference it made in her, my Dad and I decided to do the same thing. So, then I suppose, I did want to follow in their footsteps!

I had the gastric sleeve procedure in August of 2013—the same month as my Dad. We had both seen how much it had changed Mom for the better, so that was good enough for me. I prepared for the surgery by attending the free informational seminar, started going through the nutrition classes and making preparations through my health insurance. Dr. Mason was my doctor and his staff was really helpful. They were always on top of all the details. They did the legwork and made it a quick and easy process.

Like anyone who has never had surgery before, the “fear of the unknown” was worse than anything I actually experienced. The surgery part and recovery were pretty easy, with only minimal pain afterward—something like you might feel after doing too many sit ups. It’s only been since August of last year, but I’ve already lost 94 pounds and have my mind set on losing another forty or so. For exercise, I walk anywhere from five to six miles a day as part of my job. My next step is to tone up, which I’m told shouldn’t be much of problem for someone my age. I’m looking forward to it.

(The surgery) has changed everything and I feel a ton better. I can really tell now that my confidence is through the roof. I’m in a relationship now—something I never had before. I just tell people that if you have a reason to lose weight, whatever that reason is, you’re the only one that can make the decision. Not to be scared, there’s so much good that comes out of this. Today, my type II diabetes is gone and the only medicines I take are vitamins.

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