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Cecilia's Story

Cecilia Chesney

Occupation: Public relations
Procedure: Roux-en-Y, 2008
Surgeon: Roche Featherstone, MD
Pre-surgery weight: 262 pounds
Current weight: 150 pounds

Background: I started researching surgery eight years ago, but it was too drastic. When I ran into a friend who’d had it, I decided to look at it again. Just the idea of surgery scared me to death. Roche (Featherstone) is a personal friend and he told me, ‘You’re going to hate me for about a week,’ and the hardest thing was the first week after surgery.

Life before surgery: Obesity consumes your life. It affects every single part of everything you do every single day. It’s on your mind from the time you step out of bed in the morning – you feel like an old person. I didn’t want to go anywhere, I didn’t want to go to parties – it would take me weeks to think about how to make myself presentable. Now I can be ready in 10 minutes.

Decision Point:
I did Weight Watchers four or five times. When I had 100 pounds to lose, it seemed overwhelming. I was not able to keep up with the kids. I wanted to enjoy my kids and I wanted them to have a mom who’s 100 percent.

Best advice: If you are considering it, sit down and talk to people who have done it. Do your research. If you look at the numbers, the success rate is so great. How can you not investigate it? At least do that much for yourself.

Parting thought: What sets Grand Traverse Surgery apart from everyone else is I truly believe they want to help you change your life, from the front desk staff to the surgeons. They are so personable and they really care about their patients. 

After Roux-en-Y Surgery

Before Surgery