Gastric Sleeve, Alberta - Patient Story.

Lindsey. from Fort McMurray

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Reasons to choose Dr. Ortiz at OCC.

Chiding the OCC was an easy decision. I had a girl friend go before I did after her friend had the most amazing results. It was by far, one of the best experiences of my life. Upon arrival every single fear left my mind and I knew I was in the best hands possible.


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Learning to Love Lindsey

Where do I start. Well, I was an athlete in high school, never weighing more than 160lbs. I was from a small town, no fast food options and sports were the only fun thing to do. After high school I moved to a large city, I wasn't familiar with cooking and opted for fast food for every meal. I worked and went to college, there was suddenly no more sports in my life. At the young age of 18, I found myself pregnant with my son, at my first doctor appt I was 178lbs, in just 6 short months, I was already up almost 20lbs! My bad habits continued, and by the time my son was 2, I was a whopping 265lbs! I was miserable. I suffered from depression, anxiety and I had the worst self esteem imaginable. There were days I didn't want to continue living. For ten years I battled this, day in and day out. Hoarding food, eating my feelings, hiding away to eat, hiding food. I had a serious problem. At age 29 I had my second child, I watched my weight creep up on me again. I was devastated that I was treating my body the way I was and I knew it was time to do something. I've tried EVERYTHING over the years, but never believing in myself, I was always in my own way, my own worst enemy. A bad day turned into a bad week, to a bad month, a bad 10 years! I was in a downward spiral. The day my daughter was born I knew life needed to change. I have this little girl who potentially could end up with my body image and food issues. I needed to be a positive roll model. I needed to be someone who was proud to look in a mirror, not grab my fat in disgust and hate myself. Boy has my life changed! The day I made this decision was a day of rebirth for me. The amount of free time I had astounded me! No more self hate, no loathing, no depression, no anxiety, no next diet schemes, no attempts to purge. I was me again! The biggest sigh of relief I have ever felt in my 30 years on this earth. I have my life back. For 10 years I blocked out my entire 20's! I barely have memories of my son I was that miserable, I have no photos with him because of my hatred for myself. Although I can't change that time in my life, I vow to make up for lost time. This is more than a weight loss victory for me, I found the person I thought I lost. I grieved for years over her, it was like coming back from the dead. Life is amazing, it's worth living again! There has never been a single day of regret since and I won't be looking back now. If you're reading this, and you're yet to decide, from my mouth to your ears, do this for yourself! Lose the "mom guilt", the excuses, the fear....Start living your life again! I'm here to happily coach anyone who needs the support, always! I'm honored to mentor fellow and potential weight loss patients. To date I've supported and referred over 40 friends, clients and family to the OCC, all of them with stellar success! And I couldn't be more proud of each and every one of them.

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