Mellisa’s Gastric Sleeve

The Challenge

I was born a very chubby nine pound baby but grew up as a normal and healthy child. My weight gain started when I was 22 years old stemming from an unhappy marriage. Over the next 29 years my weight went up and down but gradually rose to peak at 113 kgs. During that time I went through a stressful divorce; 2 breakdowns and experienced a tragic death with a close family member.

Unfortunately the only way I could cope with the emotional experience of these events was to see a psychologist and go onto antidepressants. This meant more weight gain; more depression from the weight gain and more medication for the depression. I was on a constant merry-go-round that wouldn’t stop to let me off.

The Journey

In August 2010 I decided I needed help. No more diet books and magazines.. I started to research weight loss surgery. I talked to people who had the surgery and I chatted to many people on line on sites dedicated to weight loss. More importantly I was referred to ….. and I spoke with many of their clients who had either Gastric Band Surgery or Gastric Sleeve Surgery. I wanted to be like them – to lose the weight like they have.

They remain inspirational. The information and conversations with the practice was invaluable as well as the time spent with the staff. They are honest and up-front professionals that respect your time and decision. After lots of independent research I chose to have the gastric sleeve surgery which took place on the 24th of February 2011.

Weight Lost kg


Body fat reduced

Weeks since surgery

Satisfaction Factor

 Life changing and life saving!

Now I enjoy life

This has been life changing and life saving for me. I am now off the Merry-Go-Round of diets and now on the Ferris-Wheel of life enjoying the endless view.

Feeling Satisfied

I no longer buy endless magazines and books on how to lose weight; I eat healthy foods and no longer large amounts to feel satisfied.

Lots of Clothes

All the clothes I couldn’t bear to give up when I put on weight I am now starting to fit back in to. I have never felt more energetic in all my life.


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