Life Before Surgery
I have been yo-yo dieting since I was about 12 years old, always lost a bit but inevitably put it back on and more besides. Since having my son and going to work full time I never found any time (or energy) to exercise and my food choices were more based around speed and ease, than nutritional choices. Health wise I was fine, but I had low confidence and felt very self conscious in social settings. I just didn’t have the confidence to be who I wanted to be because of what I looked like. I was a dress size 16-18.
My Tonic Experience
I chose the Gastric Sleeve with Tonic. I wanted something that was final and didn’t require maintenance or further surgeries in the future. I wasn’t looking for a temporary fix, I liked the finality of the sleeve. When I first spoke to Tonic the best thing was, they didn’t try to ‘sell’ me anything. They gave me the information and left me to decide what I wanted. I didn’t want to feel like I was being sold something. When I got back in contact with my decision to move forward they were super helpful and handled everything. I had a telephone appointment (covid) with my consultant who was so lovely and he answered all my questions. We had a really frank and honest conversation and he said he was happy to treat me, and confirmed this in writing. I then had an appointment with a Psychologist as Tonic are keen to ensure patients understand this isn’t a ‘quick fix’ – it takes work! When I got cleared I was given a date which suited me (I worked term time so needed to fit in with school holidays) and then it was a flurry of confirmation calls (I always knew I could change my mind if I wanted to) and calls from the PT instructor, dietician and the nurse.
On the day of the surgery it was very relaxed. I was checked on a few times but left to relax in my private room. My consultant came to see me and offer reassurance and answer any final questions I had. Then we went to theatre, everyone was so lovely and reassuring. Then I went to sleep on the table.
After the surgery I came home and the next few days were filled with phone calls from the Tonic team checking on me, answering questions and offering advice. I joined the Facebook group (it’s a private group so no one outside of the patients can see what you post) and got loads of support there. Really, I know I only need to pick up the phone and someone is there if I need anything. But the information is so well provided and straight forward, I rarely need to.
Life After Surgery
I feel amazing now. I’m a size 8, I eat whatever I like, just small amounts. I’m very social and I feel my personality can really come out as I’m not constantly worrying about what I look like or what others think of me. It’s given me a whole new lease of life. I’ve never been happier with how I look. I’m able to run around with my 5 year old and just be more of the mother I want to be. I’ve already recommended Tonic and always will. They are an amazing team and thanks to them and my surgeon I’ve got my life back.