At 22 or 23, I passed well into the "obese" category. Since then, I felt, my life had fallen apart. If you had asked me at the time, I’d have said I didn’t even care whether I went on living, but if there was a way to change my life for the better, I was open to trying it.
Jeremy KormanSee Profile
When my divorce became official, I was at the lowest point of my life. Depression, loneliness, the feeling my whole world had disappeared — and I felt my looks were partly to blame. I had been battling obesity for a long time: at 13, I was on Jenny Craig, and in the following years I yo-yoed up and down. At 18, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Around 20, I was struggling with insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome. At 22 or 23, I passed well into the "obese" category. Since then, I felt, my life had fallen apart.
If you had asked me at the time, I'd have said I didn’t even care whether I went on living — but if there was a way to change my life for the better, I was open to trying it, no matter how radical or risky. I'd tried everything else, including crash diets, fasting, and even gyms and healthy eating, but everything stopped working for me.
So I Decided to Seek a Surgery that Might Help me Improve my Health
I was well within the weight range to become eligible for weight-loss surgery. I was assured that bariatric surgery was generally very safe. So, I thought, with little risk and the potential for a huge reward what did I have to lose?
My father is a regular listener to Bill Handel's radio show on KFI. He heard about Dr. Korman on that show, and he passed along the information. I appreciated it, but I'd done the research on lap-band and gastric bypass surgery, and I had found out that the surgery was expensive. Much too expensive for me. My doctors said it would be a huge benefit to me, but even though I met all the requirements, my health insurance denied me approval for the procedure.
My Family Was Not about to Let Me Continue my Downward Spiral
My parents decided to refinance their home to help me with the finances for the surgery. My weight was so high and my health was so bad that they were afraid I would die. In February 2006, I had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. It was pain-free. I awoke in the recovery room and I asked when my operation would happen. My mom had to tell me, over and over, that I had already had the operation. I didn't believe her. Then, I took a drink of water. It felt different. Then, I believed her. Since then, I've lost 110 to 120 pounds. My health has never been better. I used to feel like I might not wake up in the morning, but now I just feel good in general. Even better, I wasn’t the center of attention. I used to feel like I stuck out and everyone was looking at me as soon as my back was turned, laughing, making fat jokes. Once I realized that I looked "normal," I finally felt like I fit in.
The Staff at Marina Weight Loss Has Helped Tremendously
Foremost is Dr. Korman. I feel that he is a very talented doctor, and I can definitely say that his bedside manner is excellent. I felt like he truly cared about me. I still feel that way, and I am thankful for it. Looking back, I am not happy with my state of mind before surgery. But it is part of my history, and I appreciate my well-being even more today because I recall how difficult life was back then. I credit the weight-loss surgery, Marina Weight Loss and Dr. Korman, as well as myself and my own hard work, for a complete turnaround in my life. Like anyone suffering from severe obesity, I had choices. Mine were: Do I live in fear, or do I take a risk? As I said earlier, I chose to take the risk. I recommend it. It could be the best thing that has happened to you in your entire life. It was for me.