Life before surgery –
I decided to get gastric sleeve surgery because I felt like I had exhausted all other options. At 24, I just felt my weight was really deteriorating. I had hit 19 stone. It was more than just needing to lose a few pounds: this was a genuine addiction to food and a genuine mental issue, which needed medical intervention.
Before weight loss surgery, I had tried Weight Watchers, Slimming World and every juice diet and Instagram trend going. It was a food addiction and that’s what I needed to tackle.
I always used to say I’m a big girl but never let anything stop me. I thought I was able to do everything and I was, but now, I’m a different girl doing it mindfully. It’s a different experience.
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My Tonic experience –
Tonic was recommended to me by a friend. What made it stand out was the aftercare – the fact that you’re given a nurse to look after you and a dietitian to give you food tips. It was clear that they supported you both physically and mentally post surgery.
I found the advice from the team really helpful. That is what I’m enjoying most about post surgery life. The fact I’m 9 months post surgery and still have a team to help me is amazing.
Life after surgery –
The thing that I am so grateful to the surgery for is allowing me to become the woman that I wanted to be before, who I didn’t feel I could be when I was 20 stone. Your weight does hinder you whether you know it or not, so to have found something that has taken that away and given me a sense of self-worth is just priceless.
I would 100% recommend Tonic. They have completely changed my life.