|Me today, in training for my next|
half- and full-Ironman races.
When my first granddaughter was born in 2007, I remember holding her and realizing that I had a lot to live for. She was, in a way, an inspiration for me to get back in control of my life. I was very overweight and, basically, my family physician told me that I needed to lose weight or I would die. I had a heart attack at age 45 and suffered with several other medical issues, from sleep apnea to asthma. It was time to make a change.
|The Marine Corps Marathon in|
2009 was the first marathon I ran
after having gastric bypass
surgery at GBMC.
|Nation's Triathlon in 2010. This was|
the first triathlon I completed. The
money I raised was donated to finding
a cure for cancer.
Although I have nerve damage from my chemotherapy that causes discomfort in my feet and still feel a little tired sometimes, I’m working hard to get back into the good physical condition I was in before cancer. Determined to keep pushing toward that “new normal” I enjoyed after my weight loss surgery, I’m training to do a full-Ironman in November. I continue to live the healthy lifestyle that I began after my bariatric surgery, focusing on nutrition and fitness. My GBMC physicians remain a powerful resource for me in my endeavors, and everyone who cared for me did a wonderful job explaining what to expect each step of the way. When I had my bariatric surgery, I was thankful to know I’d be here for my grandkids. Now, thanks to both Dr. Moeinolmolki and Dr. Apostolides, I’m hopeful that I’ll be here for my great-grandkids, too.
Visit www.gbmc.org/weightloss, www.gbmc.org/colorectaloncology or call 443-849 GBMC (4262) to get additional information about the services offered by GBMC’s Comprehensive Obesity Management Program and Colorectal Oncology Department.