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About svelija

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 01/26/1982

About Me

  • Biography
    I am wife and a mother of two wonderful children. I work for a supportive housing program for the Mentally ill. I got surgery to be healthier and to be the one to end the vicious cycle of obesity in my family.
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  • Interests
    reading, cooking (of course lol), music, broadway
  • Occupation
    Social Worker for an independent living program
  • City
    ocean county
  • State
    New Jersey
I have been overweight literally since the day I was born. My whole family suffers from chronic obesity and health conditions. Between my family and myself we have tried every diet in existence to no avail. As I saw the health problems become worse and worse in the older members of my family, and saw my daughter begin to follow in my footsteps of bad eating habits, I decided I had to be the one to break the cycle. After many conversations with my father (the one who would end up paying for surgery since insurance doesn't feel it should be covered), my husband, and other close friends and relatives I determined to go through with it. I researched several doctors and immediately felt a connection with the staff at Dr. Abkin's office. I had gone in misinformed thinking lapband was the choice for me, but Dr. Abkin took the time to actually talk to me and explain to me in terms I could understand why that was not a wise decision. I decided on Gastric Sleeve surgery and scheduled for January 2015. I had surgery 1/29 and am already half way to my first mini goal.  I am looking forward to the future and cannot wait to see what the healthier me is going to look like and more importantly feel like.

Age: 37
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Starting Weight: 335 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 322 lbs
Current Weight: 300 lbs
Goal Weight: 180 lbs
Weight Lost: 35 lbs
BMI: 47
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 08/31/2014
Surgery Date: 01/29/2015
Hospital Stay: Outpatient
Surgery Funding: Self Paid
Insurance Outcome: Not covered
svelija's Bariatric Surgeon
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons
1200 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 7002