MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - We all want success in everything we do, but sometimes we need help achieving that success. Letizia Charleston from Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon is part of our Ask the Expert team for weight loss, and she shares her journey, along with that of one of their patients, D'Andrea Heeres. Letizia runs the support group for bariatric surgery patients in Muskegon, and D'Andrea is a post-op patient. Her "before" photo looks like a completely different person! Letizia describes the importance of their multi-disciplinary team for care following surgery, as well as the importance of attending the support groups for long term success. Some myths that many hear about include that it's an easy way out of being over weight and that patients that have surgery gain all of their weight back. D'Andrea Heeres is proof that that's not always the case. She's a doctor and also had Roux en Y gastric bypass in July of 2010. She has lost 150 pounds to date. In terms of struggles, she says she's like most typical bypass patients in that, life happens. Work gets in the way, life gets in the way, and many people struggle with finding time to exercise. Ultimately, when she remembers how much better she feels when she does what she is supposed to, it makes her feel good about herself to have accomplished this huge weight loss and motivates her to continue with this life-long process. As a physician, it has helped her to motivate her patients, and to really be able to counsel them on healthy eating habits, exercise goals and ways to be successful with weight loss. You can get started on your own weight loss journey with the help of the Bariatric Surgery team at Mercy Health Partners by attending their next seminar in January. Sign up today.
Ask the Expert for Weight Loss
Mercy Health Partners - Bariatric Surgery
Next seminar: January 10, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
1500 East Sherman
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