Posted on 03/30/2016 at 11:18 AM by Iowa Weight Loss Specialists
At high-risk for heart disease and diabetes, and finding it difficult to maneuver around the free dental service bus where she worked serving school children, Faith decided it was time for a change. In July of 2015 she made the decision to have a vertical sleeve gastrectomy with Dr. Eibes at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists. Since her surgery, Faith has lost over 92 lbs. and is living a healthier, happier life!
“I am so sad when I think about the way I used to feel when I was overweight. I am so much happier now!”
Before your surgery, what medical conditions were you suffering from?
Before surgery I was very scared about my health. I had super high cholesterol and my doctor told me that I was borderline diabetic. At 25 years of age, this really scared me! I was also just tired all of the time. I felt like I had no energy.
What made you decide to have a vertical sleeve gastrectomy?
I have always struggled with my weight – I think by the time I was 25 I’d tried 20 different diets. I wasn’t feeling well physically or emotionally, in fact I felt “gross” and sad all of the time. My mother had the surgery with Dr. Eibes in 2014 and has done really well. She inspired me to go for it!
What kinds of things are you able to do now that before the surgery were difficult or impossible?
I’m now a runner! I was never able to run before and now I work out 5 days a week! I’m also so much more comfortable with my job. I work on a mobile dental bus that provides dental services to children at schools. Before surgery it was difficult moving around this crowded bus and working in the small spaces. Now I can fit everywhere and my work experience is so much more comfortable.