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Jenna P

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About Jenna P

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  • Birthday 08/16/1992

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    20 year old student from NJ. I decided to change my life and have the vertical sleeve operation.
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I have been overweight for a large portion of my life. I started getting heavy when I was about 11 years old. I always knew I was overweight and I tried to lose weight more times than I can count. I've done it all: Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, my own diets, exercise, weight-loss pills, fad diets...you name it. I've even been an athlete for a good part of my life. I played soccer for 11 years and softball for 7 years. No matter what I did, the weight didn't come off. Sure some of it did, 10..15..maybe 20 pounds when I stuck to a program...but once I started to see a drop in weight-loss, I dropped that program. And some of them just didn't work.

Then, when I was 19, I just stopped trying. I decided I was happy and could live a happy life as an over-weight girl. I have plenty of friends who love me for who I am and don't ever judge me or make fun of me for my weight. I can't even remember the last time someone called me fat (probably because if you're over the age of 16 and use that insult, you are the one with no friends). So I started just doing what I wanted. Drinking on the weekends, eating fast food and unhealthy food...just not caring. But as the months went on and my friends and I started going out to bars and clubs more, I started feeling uncomfortable in my own skin. That was the low point. When you go out, and you're dressed up, hair and makeup done, but you still feel like you're not even half as attractive as the other people in the room is one of the worst feelings someone can experience.

That's when I realized I had to do something. So I started looking into weight-loss surgery options. I was thinking about having the Lap Band or the Realize Band, I just thought they would be the best option for me. Dr. Ballem was the first and only doctor I met with. He asked if I had ever heard about the sleeve surgery. I hadn't. So I did my research, decided that it was the perfect fit for me, and that was the day I started this journey.

Age: 30
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Starting Weight: 204 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery:
Current Weight: 182 lbs
Goal Weight: 130 lbs
Weight Lost: 22 lbs
BMI: 31.2
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 09/30/2012
Surgery Date: 01/30/2013
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Self Paid
Insurance Outcome: n/a
Jenna P's Bariatric Surgeon
Clara Maass Center For Advanced Bariatric Surgery
1 Clara Maass Dr
Belleville, NJ 7028

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