Testimonial Elicia

Elicia's Testimony...

My name is Elicia; I am now a single mother of one child. I am 42 years old and have struggled with my weight my whole life.

As a child I lived with my grandmother, who worked so we ate out a lot. I went from a small child to a fat kid, all in one year. My life as I knew it had begun, I would yo-yo diet the rest of my life.

I was on prescription medication for weight loss. I bought all the over-the-counter pill diets and schemes and nothing would work permanently until I meet the bariatric group at Phoebe. At my heaviest I was 297 lbs. I am 5'5" so I looked as wide as I did tall. I had health issues, and no sign of getting any better. With a family history of health issues, I was doomed to die at an early age.

I knew I had to do something for myself, for my health, and for my son. I wanted to be here to see him grow up, and become a man and live his life. So I started my journey by going to see my private doctor. They then referred me to Phoebe.

After my first visit, during my consultation, I knew this is where I belonged. Everybody was so nice, understanding and took time to answer all the questions I had. Dr. Sean Sheff, unlike most doctors, sat with me over 45 minutes! That sold me. They are my best friends through this journey. They walk you through every step.

I had to lose weight before the surgery, and you lose weight during the liver shrinking diet, so by surgery date I weighed in at 267 lbs., 30 pounds down in six months. I was sleeved on August 27, 2014 and I have lost a total of 67 pounds since surgery. I am now 200 pounds. My goal is a size 12 and I hope to be about 150 pounds. With the continued support of friends and my new family at Phoebe, I will reach my goal. You will too! This was the best gift I gave to myself; thank you Phoebe for giving me my life back.

*The results may vary patient to patient or person to person.

For more information...

Contact Ashley Austin, MSN, RN, BSHP at 229-931-1152 or e-mail ajaustin@phoebehealth.com.