After Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Antwon's Surgical Weight Loss Story

Antwon after medical weight loss surgery

What was the deciding factor in your weight loss surgery?

I decided I wanted surgery when I had a stroke at work in 2011. At the age of 36, I was rushed to the hospital. I ended up staying for a week, but recovered from my stroke in just 24 hours. The doctor told me he had never seen anyone recover that quickly. It doesn't stop there. Two months later I was at Six Flags with my daughter and wanted to enjoy the day with her. We got ready to ride the first ride but unfortunately, I was unable to fit. I was so embarrassed and upset that I decided it was time for a change. This year I bought season passes and look forward to riding every ride at the park with my daughter.

How has your life changed since surgery?

Since surgery, I have accomplished so many things. I've started a walking group at work and we walk Stone Mountain twice a week. We go up and down, about 1.4 miles. It feels great and I love it. I also went rock climbing, which is something that I've always wanted to do. I'm a gym rat now. It's my life. This surgery has changed my life and after seeing my results, five of my coworkers have had surgery.

Please share some words of wisdom!

Weight loss surgery is worth a healthy life. I don't ever want anyone to feel the way I felt at Six Flags. It can be a life changing experience, but your mind has to be in it. If you are struggling, think about it; it is well worth it.

Thank you Gwinnett Medical Center and the Center for Weight Management. You saved my life.

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