I’ve lost 7 stone and counting!!! The aftercare offering was without a doubt what lead me to book my surgery via Tonic. I was provided with a nutritionist, nurse, psychiatrist and virtual personal trainer, all of whom were in contact very promptly. They were super reassuring but didn’t hound me after the first few regular check-ins immediately following the procedure. I just know exactly where to find them if I need anything.
The mental health support in particular was absolutely vital during such a life-changing and intense experience as bariatric surgery. The psychological impact of such an immense experience is not to be underestimated. It’s far from like waving a magic wand and requires a lot of resilience and commitment. So I am so glad to have had these additional support measures in place. I’d have been very stuck without this!
I don’t feel like the old me (before I gained all the extra weight in the first place)….I feel like a new, even better version of myself now, with beautiful signs of wear and tear, life, motherhood, stories and memories made, visible on my body – far from perfection, but now healthy, confident, radiant and and full of energy!
I am more confident in my job as a wedding planner and chasing all kinds of other new opportunities as well. I socialise happily and carry myself completely differently! I now get excited to get ready to go out and enjoy finally being able to embrace my identity and enjoy fashion and style again. I’ve even been able to ride my daughter’s pony and I dance again too!
I’d described how I’d felt pre-surgery to Tonic’s psychiatrist as being hidden away hibernating and forgotten about inside a giant fat suit. The same person I was growing up (when I’d been slim and much happier in myself) but engulfed deep under the layers and waiting to climb back out.
That’s exactly what’s happened. I’ve emerged! I was in there somewhere and just needed to shed the layers that were consuming me, weighing me down and holding me back. The climb out of that suit has been so unbelievably freeing and liberating. I no longer feel heavy, in both senses of the word. I feel like I could fly! Weightless.
I actually also have a whole new appreciation for food, which was unexpected. I eat much more mindfully as I want to savour and make the most of every single mouthful. I make far healthier choices because I have a new respect for my body and my insides now and the procedure seems to have cured my binge eating! My mindset has shifted entirely. Bariatric surgery doesn’t have to mean you can never enjoy eating again. In fact, it’s been the very opposite for me.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Tonic, as from the very first day I reached out to them, up to the day of surgery and well beyond, they have helped me to feel considered, reassured, cared for and heard.
One of the very best things that has come from booking my surgery via Tonic has also been their incredible Facebook community. To share inspiration and non-judgmental support with others who know exactly what you’re going through and are all at slightly different stages of their own personal bariatric journeys has been invaluable. I now consider many of these people to be life long friends and I can’t wait to meet some of them face to face. Roll on Tonic Fest! I’m so proud of each and every one of them.
Tonic’s literature, clearly outlined processes, detailed care plan and explanations of the various surgery options etc ahead of my making a decision to proceed also really stood out for me.
To say that Tonic and Mr El-Hasani have saved my life would be no exaggeration at all.