Marsha Fernandes and Jaime Lynne Rado
“When we heard how excited the staff in Kent’s Center of Surgical Weight Loss office was about the Walk from Obesity, we knew we had to be a part of it. From our very first appointment and throughout our journey, everyone has made us feel like we are part of the Care New England family. We don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to meet other members of our ‘family’ and learn about new ways to stay healthy.
We love to share our success stories as we want people to know that having weight loss surgery is nothing to be ashamed of. For us, it was one of the most positive, life changing decisions we made. We want to inspire others to walk their way to better health. Walking gives us the opportunity to spend time with each other and stay fit. It also helps us to be good role models for our kids, who we encourage to adopt a healthy lifestyle.”
“Having bariatric surgery has changed my outlook on life all together. I not only look different, but I feel healthier. I feel more energized and more importantly people always say to me how happy I look. I lose my mother in March, who was my biggest supporter, and I didn’t think I could finish this journey without her. But I found it in myself to do it and move closer to my goal.
What did I do once I hit my goal? I went to Disney World with my best friend. I rode a roller coaster and was not afraid if I would fit in the ride. I rode on an airplane and did not worry if I would have to ask for a seat belt extender.
This surgery has changed my life in so many ways and I could not have asked for a better surgeon or a better medical office than The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England.”
“An outline for the stages I went through during the process with the hopes of motivating others:
SHAME. EMBARRASSMENT. DARKNESS.
SKEPTICISM. UNCERTAINNTY. DILEMA
THANKFUL. ACCOMPLISHED. ACHIEVEMENT.
Thank you to Dr. Giovanni and Jocelynn Cobb for saving my life.”
“All my life, I have never been lean, slim, or thin. Being naturally built bigger, I knew I would never be skinny. I felt I could lead an active lifestyle but – having surpassed 400 lbs. – the reality was that my weight prevented me from doing the many things my heart desired. Things like skydiving, riding a roller coaster, etc. were physically out of reach.
Since having gastric bypass surgery my life has improved dramatically in so many ways. When I get on an airplane I can put the table down in front of me and use only 1 seatbelt! I’ve checked off several of my life long goals. I have been indoor rock climbing, skydived, surfed, and I even summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, which was a major bucket list item.
I am days away from my 2-year surgical anniversary (as of 2017) and I am the healthiest I have ever been in my adult life. I have very few food limitations and, while my portions are small, they are no longer freakishly small; for the most part I can eat just like anyone else. I am a happier person all around.
I now enjoy a much better quality of life and will forever be grateful. Thank you to Dr. Giovanni and her team for the expert care that to me back to what I deem to be a very full life!”