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Nicole Gist

Surgery Date:  September 16, 2019 
Starting Weight:  305 lbs.
Current Weight:  194 lbs.
 
What made you decide to have weight loss surgery?  I finally was ready to get my life back. I had tried so many different options and never had been successful long term.  I was tired of my knees hurting, my back hurting, and my feet hurting. I finally figured out that I don't think I truly loved myself and was ready to start loving myself.

How long did it take for you to decide to have weight loss surgery?   I always talked about doing it, and never could bring myself to do it because of what everyone else thought. Once I decide I was going to follow through with it, it took me 6 months to actually bring myself to do it after the first seminar I went to!

Did anyone either encourage or discourage you from having surgery?  My son and my husband were my biggest supporters through the process even though a lot of people said I didn’t need it and I shouldn’t do it.

What do you wish you'd known before the surgery?   There isn’t really much I wish I knew before. The team of people at Iowa Weight Loss always made sure to keep me informed on what to expect and always answered any questions or concerns I had leading in to the surgery and of course after.

What things are you able to do now that may have been difficult or impossible before surgery?   Walk without my body aching.  And the little things in life like tie my shoe on the top of the shoes, paint my toe nails, play on the floor without killing myself to get up. I have energy to do just about anything I want to do, and of course shop online without trying cloths on!!  That’s a huge deal for me. I never could find cloths I felt comfortable in.

Which conditions or diseases have you seen decrease or disappear since your surgery?   I didn’t really have any medical conditions, but the self love and respect for myself I never had before and I have that now!!

How has surgery altered your outlook on life, your emotions, and/or relationships?  I love myself. I love life. I have never felt so confident about myself. To be able to walk in a room and not have anxiety about my appearance is the most amazing feeling.

Why did you decide to have surgery with Dr. Eibes?  I did a lot of research and after his seminar I knew he knew his stuff. He wasn’t just a doctor making money, he was a doctor who was doing what he loves;  a doctor who knew his stuff and truly cares about his patients. The options he offers if your on the fence about the surgery is amazing.

What would you say about Dr. Eibes and his team?  This team is amazing from the front desks ladies to the dietitian to the nurses and of course the doctor!!  I know of several people who have had this surgery done, and I feel I have the best outcome. And I truly believe it is because of each and every person in this office. And I can’t forget the online support group!!  They all rock!!

What would you tell someone who is considering weight loss surgery?   Do it! Don't wait! Don't be afraid. You're worth it. I never thought in a million years I would be happy and in love with myself again. It is the best decision I ever made.

Is there any additional information you would like to share?  I would like to say thank you. Thank you all for helping me get my life back. Thank you all for the support and the extra mile this whole team goes through to make this happen! To anyone out there who is not sure, contact them, You are worth it!
 

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