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Jeanna Joyce

Surgery Date:  July 8, 2019 
Starting Weight:  271 lbs.
Current Weight:  159 lbs.

What made you decide to have weight loss surgery?  I tried for most of my life to lose weight. I started drinking Slim Fast in 8th grade. I have tried everything to lose weight. I worked with a doctor at Iowa Weight Loss because I didn’t want surgery. I wasn’t having lasting success and so the doctor tested my metabolism. It was functioning at 18%. The doctor kindly looked at me and told me that surgery might be the road I need to take.

How long did it take for you to decide to have weight loss surgery?  After the metabolism test, I knew immediately that it would be my only hope. I had spent a year trying everything but surgery, and I knew it was time.

Did anyone either encourage or discourage you from having surgery?  My sister had the surgery in 2018, a year before me. My family was extremely supportive.

What do you wish you'd known before the surgery?  I wish I had known how amazing I would feel. I would have had the surgery sooner.

What things are you able to do now that may have been difficult or impossible before surgery?   I can get on an airplane and know the seat belt is going to fit. I went to Adventureland and rode rides I haven’t been on since high school. I can walk into any store and know the clothes are going to fit me.

Which conditions or diseases have you seen decrease or disappear since your surgery?  I no longer need my cpap machine.

How has surgery altered your outlook on life, your emotions, and/or relationships?   I finally look in the mirror and see me. This surgery took all the layers that were covering the real me up, and now everyone can see the me that I always saw.

Why did you decide to have surgery with Dr. Eibes?   My husband and I had just moved to Des Moines, and we were having breakfast at Perkins. Nonchalantly in the middle of our conversation my husband says "hey if you want help losing weight there are weight loss specialists here" and he pointed to the building across the street. I made an appointment, and quickly knew I had made the right choice.

What would you say about Dr. Eibes and his team?  I couldn’t find a better group to walk this journey with me. I constantly feel supported and listened too. I could talk for hours about all the support I have received from the entire team.

What would you tell someone who is considering weight loss surgery?   Follow the rules. Don’t judge your success by the success of others. Every body is different and your weight loss team is always there to support you. Get a set of dumbells and use them while watching TV. Also throw in some squats while watching TV. Buy little containers and use them.

Is there any additional information you would like to share?   I have truly never been this happy in my life. Iowa Weight Loss gave me the life I have always dreamt of having.
 

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