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My life before WLS

My starting weight before surgery was 18st 11lb.

I was a little nervous before surgery, but the excitement of my new life outweighed any fears I was having.

I don’t think I realised at the time how much day-to-day life was affected by my weight. I wasn’t aware of how much pain I was in on a daily basis until I wasn’t in that pain any more. I would shy away from going out, I couldn’t join in the fun stuff with my daughter as I either couldn’t keep up or I wouldn’t fit. I couldn’t stand any length of time to do my ironing, I couldn’t climb the stairs without needing a good five minutes to catch my breath afterwards.

My Tonic experience 

Tonic have been great. The aftercare package they offered is why I chose them. They call regularly to make sure I’m okay and offer any help that I might need. 

Life after surgery 

I have a new lease of life. I’m happier, healthier, more assertive. I didn’t realise it at the time but everything I did was such an effort. We were running late for my daughter’s swimming lesson the other week and the difference I could feel in being able to walk across the car park at speed was amazing. I can now enjoy going to theme parks with my family and not have to sit the ride out because I can’t fit in the seat. I enjoyed taking my daughter to our local trampoline park and seeing her face when she knew I was actually going to be jumping and not watching from the sidelines.

I’ve lost 6st 2lb.

My advice to someone considering bariatric surgery would be to go for it. It’s not an easy journey in the early stages and the emotional side of recovery was tough; however, I could see the weight loss, I was starting to physically feel better in everything I was doing and a year down the line, I don’t look back.

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Why Tonic?

We’ve been #GivingBackLives for over 40 years. 

We put you at the centre of everything we do. From your initial consultation with one of our specialist bariatric (weight loss) surgeons, through to your procedure and aftercare, we’ll only ever recommend what’s in your best interests. 

Following your surgery, you’ll have access to our industry-leading 5-year aftercare, and our growing Tonic support community. You’ll never be alone on your weight loss journey again.

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Chanelle Hayes Tonic journey with a gastric sleeve

“Before weight loss surgery, I couldn’t cope with doing anything strenuous and I couldn’t spend time with my children in the way I wanted to. My eating was out of control, and I had been yo-yoing. 

A year out from surgery, I’m a completely different person. Last year, my body fat percentage was in the morbidly obese category. Now, I’m in the healthy weight category.”

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