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8st 3lbs

My life before WLS

Life before surgery

Before surgery, I was 21 and a half stone.

I was in a really dark place, dreaded leaving the house and was in pain all the time with my back, knees and ankles.

It’s not until the weight started to drop off I realised just how dark life had gotten for me. I was in a downward spiral of depression and I didn’t even realise. I wouldn’t let my husband near me, I would never go out with friends, I dreaded family parties/activities and I always watched my children and husband having fun from the sidelines.

My Tonic experience

The aftercare at Tonic is fab. I get regular emails asking how I am doing, and if I have any issues or need any advice, I know I can just drop the team a text or call them and they’ll be there to help.

Life after surgery

My children are 12, 11 and 4 and I have done more this past year with them than I have ever been able to do before. We’ve swum, gone on roller coasters together, and I took them abroad for the first time. My relationship with my husband was always good but now it’s amazing.

I’ve lost 8st 3lb.

I can walk at a good pace without getting tired and can run after the children. I sleep better and my energy levels have improved immensely. I have just signed up to the gym and I’ve taken up horse riding! I haven’t ridden since I was a kid.

My advice to anyone considering surgery would be to do it! It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but most definitely the most rewarding decision I’ve ever made. Just ask my kids. I just wish I had made this decision 10 years ago.

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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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