Gastric Sleeve, Washington - Patient Story.

Nichole Joanis. from Gold Bar

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Reasons to choose Dr. Ortiz at OCC.

My best friend Katie, I got to see her journey and it inspired me!

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I'm finally a happy healthy mom again!!!

I feel so healthy and happy now! I hit my reality point when I went in for my routine doctors appointment and I was considered morbidly obese. I knew I had gained weight over the years and I have had 3 c-sections but I never realized how heavy I was. I tried exercising with a personal trainer and was so frustrated with the results. It was so hard to work out and be so heavy. I was eating right, exercising and I felt like I was starving all the time and lost 3 pounds in 8 months. I talked to a nutritionist and I wanted to give up on "dieting" for almost a year. My friend Katie told me she was tired of her yo yo dieting too and frustrated. Katie had surgery and after I seen her journey and how she balanced her eating, vitamins and exercise it gave me hope! She told me I should look in to it if I'm serious and she would go with me. I talked to my husband and told him I need to do this, I want to see my kids grow up and be healthy for them! I was afraid that I would keep gaining weight and become diabetic or have a heart attack. I never want my kids to feel they can't ask me to play sports with them or run around outside because I'm too sick or mommy was always tired! I wanted to make a change! I called and set up my surgery date and here I am a year later, feeling happy and healthier than ever! It made such a difference in my life! I'm a happy healthy mom and wife! I'm not at my goal weight yet but I am getting there! My body fat percent is way down and my BMI is 29.05%... It was 43%... That is my AHA moment... Im so happy to have such a great team standing behind me and cheering me on! I think the weight check in helps me see my progress too! I've lost more inches now then pounds but it's still going in the right direction! It was one of the best decision I've made in my life!

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